100 years ago,  Seattle and US Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to create a Commercial Navigation Route to Develop Seattle.
The Locks continue to contribute over $1.2 Billion/yr. to the Seattle economy.


Today the Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks 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.


The Locks primary mission is commercial navigation.
Federal funding is based on Value of commercial cargo, which is a small percentage of actual needs.


The Locks (See Map) are a Seattle Icon, National Historic Site
and a top tourist site attracting over 1.2 million visitors/yr.


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


Check Out Social Media below for additional information

and also the history blog Friends of the Ballard Locks


   Visitor education facilities are being upgraded 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.  The Corps of Engineers is requesting needed operational funding from Congress but...