Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle

4.7
#1 of 6 in Nature in Seattle
Pier / Boardwalk · Hidden Gem · Water Body
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.
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  • I visit most days since the botanical garden re-opened after the pandemic stay at home order was lifted. This place is a much needed oasis with the trials we've faced this year. Some things to enjoy.....  more »
  • Visiting the locks in October was a lot less crowded and parking meters were turned off. The drawback was one set of locks were under early renovation (thought it wasn’t supposed to start until...  more »
  • Not many cities have their own locks to help transfer boats from one body of water to another but these are truly interesting. There are also Salmon Ladders on the south side of the water which are...  more »
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  • Very cool to see the locks in action. The gardens on the east side are beautiful and the salmon ladder and viewing area on the west side are really cool too. Sadly there is a big homeless presence on the west side of the park that keeps it from feeling safe or clean.
  • Closed to Covid
  • I visit most days since the botanical garden re-opened after the pandemic stay at home order was lifted. This place is a much needed oasis with the trials we've faced this year. Some things to enjoy: walking the paths, looking at the trees, plants, flowers and listening to birdsong.
  • Interesting find of boats/ shops moving from/ to sea and ocean. Saw from little far due to Covid restrictions but it was interesting to see how it works. One of the medium sized boats disappeared in between locks while passing in to Lake 😊
  • Not open right now for people not on boats. Still cool to watch from afar.

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