Over 100 years ago,  Wahington State, Seattle and
the US Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to create a
Commercial Navigation Route to Develop the City of Seattle.


Today, the Locks contribute over $1.2 Billion/yr. to the Seattle economy and are the Nation's busiest with over 40,000 vessels/yr.

Boats 'lock thru'  24 hours/day, except during maintenance.


In addition, significant salmon runs pass through the Locks and Fish Ladder that can exceed 150,000 adult salmon per year.


Federal funding for the Locks is based on Value of commercial cargo,
which is a very small percentage of actual needs.


Check Out Social Media below for additional information

and also the history blog Friends of the Ballard Locks


   However, Visitor educational facilities require local support and is being provided by the non-profits
Corps of Engineers Foundation and Discover Your Northwest.
...See What is Needed and How You Help. 


As a result of underfunding, the Aging Locks are in serious need of operational repairs and upgrades.  Operational funding comes from Congress and this is being addressed.  


The Problem - No fees can be charged for commercial ships, private boats or visitors.  Even daily scheduled tours and summer concerts are free.