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The Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder

Commodore Way South Entrance, Seattle, WA 98107
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USD 49.69*
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USD 70.00*
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Underground windows offer a rare view of migrating salmon and trout passing through the fish ladder headed for rivers and streams to their spawning grounds.
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Commodore Way South Entrance, Seattle, WA 98107
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

The park is really beautiful, the locks are extremely interesting, like a miniature Panama Canal and the fish ladder is great! Find out when the salmon are running and wait to go then. Also, if you can go on a week day that is better...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Its a wonderful place to visit or, as we do, bring guests, to watch the fish return in the fall, or to show people the boats going in and out of the locks. The envrionment is also landscaped well and in the spring and summer...More

Thank couplessPS
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Well worth a quick visit if you are nearby. You can watch the fish from an inside viewing room. It's very interesting.

Thank pollyoppy
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This was included on our tour and showed how the salmon jump up river. How it tires them. It is amazing how many types of salmon there are. A very interesting trip.

Thank Denise T
Reviewed 14 October 2016

I checked out this Fish Ladder while visiting the locks. It's an ingenious setup. You can see salmon in the lake, through the glass windows and then up the ladder (that is of you're there at the right time). I saw some Chinook running along...More

1  Thank CaptainSPI
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting observation activity. No need to pay a tour guide. Just walk up and through. The salmon have to make their way from one side of the lock to the other and they pass through a small hole that you can observe...More

Thank Live2traveldaworld
Reviewed 22 September 2016

We visited the Fish Ladder as part of a day tour of Seattle. It was interesting to have a look at the ladder in operation. We also saw a number of boats moving through the lock. Our tour spent 45 minutes there - ten would...More

Thank mrandmrsbeas
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I have been here several times and always go when I'm in Seattle. Yes, there are fish swimming up stream in August, but better viewing in June/July and September/October. It is interesting to watch the locks fill and the boats enter and leave. The gardens...More

Thank Barbie4est
Reviewed 26 August 2016

I have been to several fish ladders but this was the first time that there were actually large salmon present. Wonderful to see the fish trying to get past the locks into lake Washington. The walk over to the locks is also very educational. A...More

Thank Elaine F
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Weekly, I walk to the locks & fish ladder. Beautiful & very interesting. In the summer, they have free concerts in the park starting at 2 PM. Parking can be challenging, you can take the bus (44 & 40).

Thank dreamketcher
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Kathy B
21 August 2015|
Response from Miriahm D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they run mid June through Oct, and sept is the best.