The small locks are closed for 2 weeks in March, check News for status.
The large locks are closed for 2-3 weeks in November, check News for status.
annual maintenance schedules
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SEE SALMON?
These maintenance schedules carefully coordinate with both salmon migration seasons and ship traffic.
Fish Ladder Salmon Viewing
Sockeye (Red) - The largest run through the Locks, usually over 50,000/year (but in decline). Peak viewing from mid-June to mid-July. Most sockeye spend the summer in Lake Washington and then go up the Cedar River Watershed (Seattle's water source) in the fall to spawn or are collected at the Cedar River Hatchery..
Coho (Silver) - Average around 15,000 per year, peak viewing in September. Most Coho head to the Issaquah Creek Hatchery though some spawn in local rivers and streams.
Three species of Pacific Salmon pass through the Locks during the summer months and travel 40-50 miles upriver to spawn:
Chinook (King) - Average around 10,000 per year, peak viewing in August. Most Chinook head to the Issaquah Creek Hatchery, though some return to Cedar River and other tributary streams to spawn.
The fish ladder system is closed, drained of water, inspected and repaired as needed in mid-May and usually takes 2 weeks, but may take longer, check News for status.
Steelhead - Once numbering in the thousands, are no longer seen at the Locks.
Click for daily and annual salmon counts