Free Scheduled Public Tours:

School & Large Group Tours:

Free Scheduled Walking Tours start at the Visitor Center and last about an hour. You can join a tour anytime, no registrations is required.

Larger (over 15) groups must be scheduled through the visitor center at least a month in advance.   Smaller groups can just join the free scheduled tours.  To arrange for an individual school tour call the visitor center. 
Call (206) 783-7059  or

email Stacey.M.Gilbert@usace.army.mil

Parking for school or tour buses is available on the main street outside the North Entrance and at the South Entrance Parking Area near Commodore Park.

Fee Based Custom Tours, led by subject matter experts, include all areas and aspects of the facility including Engineering, Maintenance, History and the Carl S. English Gardens.  Meet the people who keep the Locks working.   In November explore the inner workings of the Main Locks and tunnels.   To inquire, fill out the email request form on the Contact Page.

Custom & VIP Tours:

Water-Based Tours:

The Locks are impressive when seen from the water.  We recommend either Ballard Kayaks or Argosy Cruises...Proud Sponsors of the Locks.

Bus Parking:

    Monday through Friday 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday  11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

May 1 - Sept. 30

Oct. 1 - Apr. 30

    Thursday through Monday 2:00 pm, except no free tours Dec. Jan. & Feb.