Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, built in 1911 and often nicknamed the Ballard Locks, provide a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington.
Tourists and locals enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through, as the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow these vessels safe passage.
Another popular spot is the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water and to navigate the locks. Glass panels below the water line make it possible to watch the fish as they swim through the ladder.
3015 NW 54th St
- Seattle, WA 98107
- 47.66752300, -122.39653100
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- (206) 783-7059