Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle: Hours, Address, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Reviews: 4.5/5

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
4.5
Bodies of Water • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Piers & Boardwalks
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level. Boats enter the locks, the gates close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway. Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres of botanical gardens and looking for fish on the fish ladder is fun and free entertainment that draws locals and tourists alike.
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Ana Maria M
20 contributions
Bad information or no information at all.
Apr 2021
Please update the information on the website. We did a long travel to get here in a cold day just to find out that everything was closed due to Covid 19. I do understand the situation, but other attractions like the Space Needle, or museums were open. And that's fine if you close your operations, just inform and update hours of operation and/or closures, but in the website, not in the entrance of the garden.
Written April 12, 2021
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Benson
37 contributions
Had a great time and saw the Salmon fry/smolt closer to the Ballard Locks Fish Ladder
Nov 2020
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.
Written February 12, 2021
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,247 contributions
Limited Fall Access
Oct 2020 • Couples
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 November) and the pathway to the locks and salmon ladders were blocked off.

I remember during our previous summer visit watching the salmon make their way up the ladder which was a sight to see. Also the girls and I spent awhile watching the lock get loaded with boats and raised or lowered depending on the direction of travel. For now it was not so interesting just watching the tops of the boats.

Due to COVID-19 the museum was closed along with the pedestrian bridge and all restrooms so take that into consideration when planning your winter visit.

This is a great example of engineering in action.
Written October 25, 2020
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Mary S
Las Vegas, NV31 contributions
A special place
Aug 2020
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 worth walking over to see.
Written September 8, 2020
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Steven T
Seattle, WA1,716 contributions
Include a visit to the Ballard Locks on your Seattle visit.
Jun 2020 • Solo
Officially known as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, the Ballard Locks is one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions, especially during the sunny months. The grounds also feature a fish ladder and the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden — one of the most beautiful park settings in Seattle. Completed in 1917, the locks link the Puget Sound with Lake Union and Lake Washington. Once boats heading towards Puget Sound are in the locks, the water level drops as much as 26 feet to bring the boats even with Puget Sound. The fresh water is exchanged with salt water. The locks are also a critical link for salmon and steelhead heading upstream to spawn. A fish ladder with 21 steps or “weirs” allows spawning fish to climb to the freshwater side. Young fish, or “smolts” then return down through the locks out to Puget Sound.
Written June 1, 2020
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lauraalonsobi
Seattle, WA126 contributions
Multiple visits
Jan 2020 • Couples
“The Locks” is a wonderful park to visit. Watching a boats go through the locks, which are very busy in the summer. A destination to ride our bikes and grab some fish n chips. And beautiful gardens to stroll, the fish ladder to watch and nice clean toilets.
Written March 23, 2020
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Jason Hennig
Renton, WA112 contributions
A Small but Meaningful Stop
Mar 2020
I'd never seen the Locks before, and let me tell you: it was awesome. If you enjoy watching machines work, or watching boats travel, you'll enjoy the Locks. Unfortunately the salmon ladder was closed when we went, under renovations. There's parking at the parks on either side of the Locks, and I'd recommend taking a stroll from one end to the other. It's a wonderfully relaxing experience.
Written March 15, 2020
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Timzorrr
Edmonds, WA1,538 contributions
Seattle Landmark & Beautiful Park
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Hiram M. Chittendon Locks are a Seattle landmark. The Locks are located in a beautiful park setting with plenty of room, grass and benches to relax. Uou can stroll around and learn about native trees and plants which are all marked.

The Locks themselves are beautiful and interesting as well. Watching the boats or all sizes going through as well as making your way to the fish ladder to see if there any salmon coming through, everyone will enjoy something about the place.
Written March 11, 2020
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UnrepentantFoodie
Bellingham, WA1,054 contributions
Sunny Day? Grab a pizza and bring it here for lunch!
Mar 2020
Fun and restful place for hanging out for a few hours of city life decompression. Watching the boats come and go is entertaining (first-timers are generally quite bad at it) as are the dog-walkers, the exercisers and the gawkers just like you.
Written March 8, 2020
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francinemb
Seattle, WA7 contributions
A fascinating place for viewing salmon in August
Aug 2019
I love the locks, I enjoy walking over anytime of the year. The salmon ladder is more active during the summer, especially August for King Salmon. There is a botanical garden at the locks with free concerts Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the summer. On the Ballard side of the locks, you are close to the new Nordic Museum and downtown Ballard with stores and restaurants, and the Sunday Farmer's Market every Sunday of the year.
Written March 5, 2020
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