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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Closes in 27 min: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open today: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level. Boats enter the locks, the gates...more
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3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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Reviewed today via mobile

It is awesome place to take your family or friends.kids love the boats levelling while their routes. Beautiful views all around and not much crowd on weekends..

Thank seshug2015
Reviewed today via mobile

The locks are a beautiful place to visit. You can see the salmons swimming underwater in the ladder. Every hour someone from the nearby visitors center comes by and explains more about it. Walking by the locks you can meet fishermen and seals swimming. It's...More

Thank Gemma D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Ballard Locks is located in Seattle, WA near Magnolia and Ballard neighborhood. A long time ago this was an ideal area to build a Navy shipyard but with delays in the planning and construction of the canal it was later built in Bremerton under...More

Thank Shawnee L
Reviewed 3 days ago

The locks were both great to see and later to pass through. They work by gravity and make for an interesting lesson on the tides and water levels.

Thank Barbara A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was an interesting thing to see how the boats are lifted up and down with the locks ! Watching the salmon jump was also exciting!

Thank Quest810582
Reviewed 1 week ago

We barely saw the locks because we spent so kkuch time watching the fish swimjing thru the ladder. A good explanation of the ladder system is provided. We hot lucky and probably saw a few dozen fish that day.

Thank TedDeters
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a pleasant surprise on our trip! It was fun watching the boats come in and out of the locks - we got lucky that there was a lot of activity that day. The salmon ladder was the most interesting part. There were quite...More

Thank coloradokarly
Reviewed 1 week ago

The locks connect the freshwater of Salmon Bay (in turn connected to Lake Washington) and the salt water of Puget Sound. Two water bodies at different water levels are connected through this engineering system. It is certainly fun to see how they let boats pass...More

Thank Nostalgiyeah
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying in Ballard so we walked from our hotel to the Locks. Very interesting to see how the boats come in and out. The best part though was seeing the large number of salmon swimming in the waters. We were fortunate enough to...More

Thank Mynonnie
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a park near by with Heron nests. Went through the salmon viewing area and got to see the whole process of a ship going through the lock as well as passing under the bridge!

Thank Renee Z
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ger w
May 11, 2017|
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Response from Brodethedog | Property representative |
Check out the website and social media links at bottom of site for detailed information. There is a Questions tab which will answer most everything. The salmon season is short, from June through Sept. There is a YouTube... More
September 11, 2016|
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Response from SeaTraveller2015 | Reviewed this property |
What's the question? Jeff C."s response to Pamela M was rather snotty. Whatever the question or comments made by Pamela M., Jeff C. owed her more respect than his comment suggested. Jeff...you don't know everything about... More
Karen W
August 28, 2016|
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Response from Brodethedog | Property representative |
Mid day to late for pleasure boat traffic. Salmon at high tide, you'll have to check tide tables. Commercial boats, pretty much pot luck... Recommend tours