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We missed the salmon by a few weeks but did get to see a seal pup carrying one around in the chutes. Interesting to watch the whole process of shutting the boats in, dropping the water level and then opening the gates to let them...More
Not many places give the public access to how it’s assists fish. You can see above and below the waterline what is happening. If your there for migration period you can see how works and handles high traffic periods.
Fascinating look at the locks and fish ladder. Be sure to go at high tide so you can see the salmon jump. Harbor Seals and Salmon swim nearby. Botanical Garden and Visitor Center round out the trip. It's free and easily reached by bus. Worth...More
Who would have thought this could be so interesting? The Fish Ladder, part of the Ballard Lock complex, is important for wildlife and very fun to check out. The underwater viewing windows are a highlight as they give you an idea of the current and...More
The Locks themselves _are_ interesting, but no more so than any we've viewed in a dozen different parts of the world. These are far more recent than many centuries-old systems still serving barges in the UK and Western Europe... and while the patience, cooperation and...More
It's so very sad that we've managed to over use our timber, a once great industry here, now reduced to an occasional cutting in what were robust forests. Salmon?. Anyone? Yup, monsters up to 75 pounds used to lurk in our waters, sadly we thought...More
The Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder is a fish ladder built next to the Hiram M Chittenden Locks. The Fish Ladder is located about six miles northwest of downtown Seattle in the trendy Ballard neighborhood. There is no charge to see the fish ladder...More
If you are visiting the locks, cross over to the southern side and wander down into the Fish ladder viewing area. An interesting and educational setup where you can see the salmon swimming against the current to use this ladder between water levels