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The Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder

Commodore Way South Entrance, Seattle, WA 98107
+1 206-780-2500
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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.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“salmon” (30 reviews)
“viewing area” (4 reviews)
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Commodore Way South Entrance, Seattle, WA 98107
Ballard
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+1 206-780-2500
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank davecampy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank ozcan1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank goamazon
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

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

Thank rockyjoe
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

A bit early in July to see the full run but we saw so many young salmon it was definitely worth the trip!

Thank Sherrie G
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

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

Thank CodyMav
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We came to the viewing room and there are glass windows, where you can see up close salmon swimming against the strong current to go up the ladder. There were different species of salmon. It was a very fascinating sight and educational experience for us....More

Thank Phi S
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

See some good waterlife. But it is a very small glass window. And the variety of fishes to be seen is not too great.

Thank DreamerDisha
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

The Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder is a great place to spend 1-2 hours. It is a free activity and the park is really gorgeous. It is a fantastic place to sit and watch the traffic on the water. You can also go down...More

Thank RamonaL34
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

We asked our tour bus driver to stop here and our whole family spent about 45 minutes watching the boats go through the locks in both directions. If you wonder how things work and how things can be done this is very interesting. Then there...More

1  Thank Ron T
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Yes, they run mid June through Oct, and sept is the best.
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