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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  • Fun stop to visit - nice historical information, saw seals in the water and salmon swimming through.  more »
  • The Chittenden Locks are a beautiful relaxing setting where you are able to watch sea lions and lots of water birds trying to catch some salmon. You can watch the boats as they go through the lock sys...  more »
  • Not sure how anyone would give this place a bad review. You are almost guaranteed to see the locks in action. It is an awesomely engineered, interesting and worth a visit. We did not get to see any Sa...  more »
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  • We happened to go here the day before an annual boat festival was to take place out on the water. Because of this, the boat traffic was much heavier than usual. I spent over an hour watching gorgeous luxury boats, enormous sailboats, little homes on water, and unique one-of-a-kind boats make their way into the canal where they waited for the water level to match the ocean before being released. The whole process was well choreographed and fascinating to watch. We were lucky to have seen so many during our only visit there. Enjoyed it much more than I expected.
  • Had a lot of fun watching the boats go through the locks. Also spent time walking through the botanical gardens, although the maps made it hard to ID trees. We were really lucky to be there in late June when the salmon were plentiful and actively using the fish ladders to reach their spawning grounds.
  • This place is so cool. Wonderful garden to walk around. Then there's the locks. You will be amazed when you see the boats come through the locks. Then cross over and to the salmon viewing room. You can watch the salmon make their trip towards home to make a family. More areas to walk around and back. Also a great view of the Ballard train tracks. Check it out.
  • Don't get me wrong. We had a good time. We watched some boats come through and went to the visitor center. There is a fair bit to see and do if you want. The place is getting run down a bit and they are looking for donations to get it up to date. My thoughts are that they need to have a toll just like the rest of us have to pay on the 520, ferry and bridges. It is amazing to me that they offer passage at no cost especially with how much money in man hours and equipment wear and tear it takes to pass one small boat. Just my thoughts. 5 dollars a pass and it would all be paid for in no time.
  • Family friendly, free activity that is a Seattle landmark. Watch ships headed both directions through the locks and enjoy sitting in or strolling through the adjacent botanical gardens! Bring snacks for a picnic or enjoy many dining options nearby.

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