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An Outing to the Locks October 7, 2011

On what proved to be our last sunny day we finally had an outing to the Hiram Chittenden Locks right here in Ballard.  The Locks date from the early 1900’s and were a big engineering projecct to connect boats wanting to transit from Puget Sound to Lake Washington.  Not as big a project as the Panama Canal, but the same idea I think.  Also as part of the Locks project there is a Salmon Ladder and a viewing area.  I don’t have pictures to show all the finer details, including the salmon in the fish ladder.   It’s hard to show a seal suddenly popping up out of the water – and we did see 2 of them.  And there were also some fishermen casting their nets from a small boat near the shore over on the Magnolia side.  Native Americans still have exclusive fishing rights in these waters.

Our outing was with 2 little fellows and their mom.  I didn’t take many photos but here are a few.

You can see what a beautiful morning it was.  September 30th.  Late in the morning the clouds gathered and we’ve had badly needed rain and intermittent overcast skies since then.  Autumn has come.

  map from the internet showing the Lake Washington Ship Canal, of which the Locks form a key part.


3 Responses to “An Outing to the Locks”

  1. Joanna Says:

    I have looked for those locks several times, but never could find them. Of course, I have been there when someone else was at the wheel. I am such a dunderhead when it comes to directions.

  2. Janet Says:

    Just go along Market Street and they’ll eventually be there on your left. Well worth a visit. And a nice garden to wander around as well. Roses and geese.

  3. Matt Says:

    We love the locks. We’ve seen the seals there some years too. I guess the Dept of Fish and Wildlife has given up trying to keep the seals out of there. Years ago they considered catching them or shooting them because they hang out at the locks and eat so many of the salmon.

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