Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle

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Watch boats and fish travel the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, a waterway system that provides safe passage between salt water and fresh water. The locks connect the Puget Sound to the Ship Canal, which links to Lake Union and Lake Washington. See barges, yachts, sailboats, and more pass through as water levels adjust to allow their journey. Don’t miss the fish ladder, which allows the migration of anadromous fish, such as salmon, between the two types of water. Glass panels give you a clear view of the fish making their journey. Pop into the visitor center to learn more about the history of the locks and how they work. To visit Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on your holiday in Seattle, and find out what else Seattle has to offer, use our Seattle trip maker website .
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  • The Seattle locks between Lake Union and Puget Sound are really fun, for tourists as well as locals. You can stand on the viewing platform and watch boats, varying from huge yachts to kayaks, going th...  more »
  • I live in Seattle, so the Locks are a regular destination for me. I go there for walking both sides, for showing my grandkids the fish ladder and the boats going in and out of the locks, for birding a...  more »
  • Easy access and viewing of ships moving through the locks. Great stop if you have never had a chance to see working locks.  more »
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