The Locks & Ship Canal were built over 100 years ago as a
Commercial Navigation Route to Develop the City of Seattle.
The Locks contribute over $1.2 Billion/yr. to the Seattle economy and are the Nation's busiest locks with over 40,000 vessels/yr 'locking through'. In addition, over 1.5 million visitors/yr come to see and learn about salmon boats and history.
Federal funding is based on value of commercial ship cargo, which is mimimal. No fees are charged to boats or visitors, hence the locks are severly underfunded.
As a result, visitor facilities and educational exhibits are outdated and often inaccurate & misleading. (see report).
Why the Locks Need Your Donations
Visitor Facilities upgrades require non-profit support through public donations.
Fund raising is being done by the Corps Foundation and Discover Your Northwest, non-profits that focus on improving visitor education and experiences at Corps of Engineers sites.