Ballard Locks

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by travel2000 on November 14, 2000

This was very educational and fascinating to watch. This is part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. This is where fishing boats (large and small) and yachts make the trip from salt water to fresh, or vice versa. The boats enter a tank, which is either filled with water or have water sucked out, depending on the direction it is going. This rising and falling of boats is fun to watch. We happened to see two large cargo boats go through the same process.

There are also viewing rooms which run alongside the fish ladder (this is where the fish migrate upstream) but they were all closed for construction when we were there.
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks/Ballard Locks
3015 Northwest 54th Street
Seattle, Washington, 98107
(206) 783 7059

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