Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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About Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks were built in the 1911. They are also known as the Ballard Locks. The lock provides a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal. Head over to this place to watch a parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through when the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage. A popular attraction is the fish ladder which was built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water. This phenomenon occurs during the summers. Just north of the locks is the Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden which is a perfect place for a relaxing stroll.

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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Information

  • Best time to see adult Salmon pass is from June to October.
  • Dogs on leash are allowed.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Opening and Closing Hours

  • Visitor Center/Museum: 10am–6pm
  • On-site tours: 1pm & 3 pm (daily)
  • On weekends: 11am additional tour is given

How To Get To Hiram M. Chittenden Locks by Public Transport

  • NW 54th St & 30th Ave NW bus stop
  • NW 54th St & 32ND Ave NW bus stop

Restaurants Near Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

  • Lockspot Cafe

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Address: 3015 Northwest 54th Street, Seattle, WA 98107

Phone: +1-2067837059

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  • The engineering accomplishment is fascinating to watch. I learned quite a bit, speaking to the people who worked their. It's very unique, in that it's only one of two locks in the country, which goes from fresh water to salt water and the public can walk up right up to. The park it beautiful and there is a small gift shop, that plays a short documentary movie, on the building and history of the locks. Its quite interesting. Its a nice place to spend a few hours and watching the Salmon go through/ over the fish ladder was really cool.

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  • We took the argosy cruise / locks tour. You will travel from sea water into fresh water. Because the fresh water level is higher than the sea, the boat is lifted up to travel into the lake. The locks are amazing to watch and the technology is simple, effective and unchanged since almost 100 years ! If you are in the Seattle area this cruise is a must go! Oh and if you are lucky you will see the salmon ladder where they try and do their journey from the fresh water into the sea!

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  • Incredible feat of engineering & it's awesome that they were thinking of the salmons and build a salmon ladder even when they built it way back in the early 1900s. The visitors center is small but informative and the staff are so friendly & helpful. They even have a free penny smasher and when we didn't have any pennies they gave us 2.

  • After a long day at work, I find myself taking a quite drive to the Locks to unwind. With parking on both the Ballard and Magnolia sides, you'll find a stall quickly. Take your time walking around and watching the boats enter and leave through the 100 year old locks. You can also take a stroll in the gardens and to the salmon ladder. If you're lucky, you'll see schools of salmon entering the ladder on their way to their annual spawning ritual.

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  • Awesome piece of civic and engineering history. It's a great place to check out people's boats and the salmon going through the locks if it's the season. The park on the Ballard side is lovely and I really like the chrome art on the Magnolia side.

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