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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Canal Lock and Historic Site
  • Todd Z.
    "Fun to walk the gardens and watch the locks in action."(16 Tips)
    "Visit in July for the best views of the salmon on the fish ladder."(10 Tips)
    Celeste T.
    "underground viewing window"(3 Tips)
    "You can also check out the salmon ladder."(2 Tips)
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  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McCray3 weeks ago
    My favorite place to picnic in Seattle!
  • Derek P.
    Derek PunsalanNovember 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good photo ops here.
  • David H.
    David HenstockAugust 26, 2016
    Park grounds unexpected bonus to super cool and busy working lock system
  • Dustin
    DustinAugust 14, 2016
    Watch some salmon try to swim upstream through the locks
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraMay 5, 2016
    Very lovey place surprisingly it's so cool watching the ships coming in and out
  • Tomiana D.
    Tomiana DeBellisMarch 15, 2016
    Watch the water change levels in order for the boats to go through. Don't miss the fish ladder or wild seals either!
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuangJanuary 28, 2016
    Watch out for the harbor seal!
  • T R
    T ROctober 21, 2015
    Don't hit the other boats
  • Lindsey B.
    Lindsey Burks ReynoldsAugust 19, 2015
    This is a fun outing wether you live around here or not. Very family friendly. Don't forget to pack a picnic.
  • T
    TJuly 21, 2015
    Great, educational free hour long tours (3 tours available) on weekend afternoons.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJuly 2, 2015
    Check out the salmon viewing windows. Follow the bronze salmon medallions on the ground to get there.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SalmonJune 22, 2015
    Watch the boats go through the locks and check out the fish ladder. Amazing engineering all around
  • dimple
    dimpleJanuary 25, 2015
    What a gorgeous day for a walk in Jan!
  • mark f.
    mark foltzDecember 4, 2014
    Views of boats
  • Carolina R R.
    Carolina R RiethSeptember 14, 2014
    Very interesting place!
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherSeptember 1, 2014
    Come and watch boats go through the locks.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 30, 2014
    Watching boats is fun
  • Celeste T.
    Celeste ThayerAugust 14, 2014
    Look for the underground viewing window, in the right season you will see salmon!
  • DJ C.
    DJ CMay 26, 2014
    Check out the fish ladder!
  • Doug S.
    Doug ShapleighMay 25, 2014
    Great place for a lazy weekend stroll. Weekdays are quietest time to visit. Check out the Salmon ladder viewing. Parking on Ballard side is mostly metered. Limited free parking on the Magnolia side
  • Angelo D.
    Angelo De Ieso IIMay 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A great peaceful escape within a bustling surrounding urban setting
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SMay 2, 2014
    Worth the stop. Fragrant gardens and free entertainment, provided a boat is meandering its way thru - what an engineering marvel!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PietraniecApril 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The center of the locks will make a great place to camp out after the zombie apocalypse occurs
  • Scott R.
    Scott RoseFebruary 12, 2014
    After coming here numerous times over 4 decades, we finally visited the exhibits while killing time in poor weather. And it's great- notably, a lot to learn about what might have been and why.
  • David A.
    David AronchickDecember 18, 2013
    Cold and Christmassy!
  • Asia M.
    Asia MinorDecember 14, 2013
    Check out the free museum. Fascinating.
  • Lucky S.
    Lucky StrikeOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to check out how boats are able tiger around, watch out for goose poop it's everywhere!
  • Connie L.
    Connie LuOctober 3, 2013
    Watch the salmon swim upstream in the underground viewing glass!
  • Linden L.
    Linden LiuSeptember 28, 2013
    Not so good as Discovery Park
  • Todd Z.
    Todd Z.August 5, 2013
    Fun to walk the gardens and watch the locks in action.
  • Melody M.
    Melody ManwaringJuly 25, 2013
    Early morning is my favorite time. No crowds. Very peaceful.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RagleJuly 21, 2013
    Take the time to watch the locks work as water vessels move from the Sound to Lake Union.
  • Cate W.
    Cate WhiteJuly 15, 2013
    Bring a picnic
  • Iris M.
    Iris McCleadJuly 5, 2013
    Late August at sunset is the best time to visit!
  • Timbuk2
    Timbuk2May 9, 2013
    Fresh water meets salt water. You can also check out the salmon ladder. And you may see seals!
  • Courtney W.
    Courtney WulffApril 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get married here!
    TruthorDare.usNovember 13, 2012
    We dare you to find out how big the ship canal actually is and how the underground water tunnels help to keep the water flow clean and neat!
  • Josh J.
    Josh JonesOctober 15, 2012
    Park on the North side of the locks at Commodore Park. It's less crowded so it's easier to find parking and you can easily walk across the locks to enjoy the garden and museum on the other side.
  • Katrina D.
    Katrina DaskalogianniSeptember 26, 2012
    It's really worth taking a tour of the locks and the fish ladder.
  • David K.
    David KleinSeptember 4, 2012
    It's totally worth it to wait for the locks to open and close.
  • Marilou A.
    Marilou AlejoSeptember 3, 2012
    Check out the FREE visitor center! :)
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJuly 27, 2012
    Worth a visit and free. Next to the channel is a fish ladder for salmon; you can also watch through a viewing window. (Officially, these are the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, but nobody calls them that.) Read more
  • Bonny F.
    Bonny FolkestadJune 14, 2012
    Loved exploring the neighborhood. Seattle is a beautiful place.
  • ELS Language Centers
    Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions
  • Anthony
    AnthonyApril 9, 2012
    See live Salmon here. Don't get trapped on the far side when boats pass through.
  • Amber
    AmberFebruary 12, 2012
    Get the low-down on smoltification!
  • Sian W.
    Sian WuFebruary 9, 2012
    If you've enjoyed the salmon and the view, check out more ways to help Puget Sound at Read more
  • Putu A.
    Putu AdiJanuary 22, 2012
    Try ice cream vanilla
  • Iris M.
    Iris McCleadDecember 8, 2011
    Watch the Christmas ship go by in December!
  • Garick C.
    Garick ChanNovember 11, 2011
    Save a trip to Panama
  • Peggy D.
    Peggy DolaneOctober 19, 2011
    yep, it's really that good. (but park on the south side where it's free)
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HackmeisterOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch for jumping salmon and salmon chasing sea lions Read more
  • Trudy A.
    Trudy AlefaioSeptember 26, 2011
    Love this place always lots going on. Grab take out from Paseos or one of the local fish & chips places and enjoy a picnic while watching boats cruise through.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HackmeisterSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Find a nice spot on the hill to sit back and relax
  • Chad D.
    Chad DriesbachAugust 24, 2011
    Stand on the bridges for maximum fun!
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SmithAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    At low tide you can see the salmon better as they approach the fish ladder from the salt water side.
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CristoAugust 16, 2011
    Watch the boats pass through the locks and take a walk through the garden.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EagerAugust 4, 2011
    This is cool
  • Nick T.
    Nick ThomasJuly 18, 2011
    The fish ladder is the coolest. I could have sat there for an hour watching fish come and go through the ladder. Read more
  • Robby D.
    Robby DelawareJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times I am a member of the Ballard Locks historical society, we are looking for new volunteers!
  • In Ballard
    In BallardJune 24, 2011
    Watching boats going through the locks can be fun, but grab a seat on the grassy hillsides for great people watching also!
  • Niklas N.
    Niklas NordlofJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't stand on the bridges--it's obnoxious.
  • Simone A.
    Simone AMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the fish ladder - see if you can spot the different kinds of salmon.
  • Robert E.
    Robert EntenmanFebruary 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Park on the South side(Magnolia) to avoid paying for parking. Space is limited, but nothing beats free!
  • Zak R.
    Zak RicardsDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    take the Argosy locks tour and check out the fish ladder and the botanical gardens
  • Mike B.
    Mike BNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Big fish
  • Simone A.
    Simone ANovember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a shortcut for walkers and bikes between Magnolia and Ballard.
  • prat k.
    prat krishnanOctober 22, 2010
    peaceful and nice. Fun to watch the boats on weekends
  • Susan M.
    Susan MoxleyAugust 7, 2010
    Geocaching here can be fun, but watch out for the homeless people outside of the Locks.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Free concerts are held every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm from June through Labor Day.Powered by Read more
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Visit in July for the best views of the salmon on the fish ladder. Powered by Read more
  • Julia T.
    Julia TrimarcoJune 26, 2010
    Saturday afternoon Jazz concerts in the park, 2pm.
  • Randy O.
    Randy OmJanuary 20, 2010
    Visit on a slow weeknight, when only the occasional tug or fishing boat is passing through. Folks who work here are friendly and you may learn something from them about the local maritime industry.
  • Max F.
    Max FrauseSeptember 12, 2009
    Sail on through
  • Phoo C.
    Phoo CollectiveJuly 27, 2009
    Go take photos of tame squirrels.
  • Automation R.
    Automation RecordsApril 28, 2009
  • Marcos J.
    Marcos JunioFebruary 1, 2013
    Um Otimo Lugar.
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonMay 12, 2012
    La vista es magnifica
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