We were lucky enough to watch two boats pass through the locks. The employees were very friendly and the grounds were beautiful.
Watching the activity that goes on in a lake between fresh and salt water is something everyone who enjoys science will enjoy. Walk across the lock architecture and see the fish swim in the strong current, watch as the boaters wait for the water levels to adjust as they go on their way. Then walk around the peaceful botanic garden... More
It was a beautiful day. But I think we visited in the wrong season. It's better to visit when the baby salmon are leaving. We spotted some salmon swimming upstream in the viewing portal downstairs. Otherwise watching the boats come in and out of the locks was interesting. There was a guide that talked about what happens for those unfamiliar... More
It is great (at least, we think so) to just watch the locks empty and fill, moving vessels through. All the different types of craft, and the moving water, people watching, occasional bird spotting--it is mesmerizing. Then, find a spot for clam strips to make the day complete.
The locks are free to visit, but will need to pay for parking. If you are in a pay ahead lot, two hours is probably enough (two adults at a moderate pace, going through the visitor center, seeing both locks change level to pass boats through, seeing the fish ladders and taking a walk through the gardens).
We visited when the Salmon were running. The view of the fish ladder is great!! If you've never seen a Lock work make sure you get to watch how it works then think about locks over 100' tall around the country. The gardens around are beautiful.
It was interesting to walk through the garden and over the locks. You could see boats come and go through the locks and watch how they lower and raise the water levels. Seeing the salmon ladders and the fish swimming and jumping upstream through it was interesting.
Traveled with teenagers, toddler sister and brother in law and we all loved it. The gardens in the park are so well maintained you walk through them to get to the locks which are testament to great engineering. Although we did not see any fish go through the ladder it still was great fun.
Pretty fascinating to see how all the boats go from ocean to fresh water lake and how Salmon in the fish ladder! Easy and Free!
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