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The Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder

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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.
Commodore Way South Entrance, Seattle, WA 98107
+1 206-780-2500
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

The fish ladder is located on the south side of the waterway and can be accessed from Commodore Park. The ladder itself is designed to allow visitors an up-close view of the fish struggling upstream.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Raintree_Thailand
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank honeyelfin
Reviewed 18 August 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank TravelinSuz
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 23Mary_Ellen
Reviewed 16 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank davecampy
Reviewed 15 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank ozcan1
Reviewed 10 July 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank goamazon
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

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank rockyjoe
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!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 539sherrieg
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

Date of experience: August 2017
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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.