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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  • We went to see this place and it was very interesting to see the locks in action raising and lowering boats. The fish ladder for the salmon to return to the lake was also very interesting.  more »
  • Seeing the boats traverse the locks on their way to or from the Puget Sound and seeing the salmon swim up the ladders. Priceless.  more »
  • We went down to the locks while we were in Ballard and really enjoyed it. We watched a couple of boats go through and go to see how the mechanisms work, and we even saw a seal playing around in the wa...  more »
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