After our visit to Pike Place Market we headed to the neighborhood of Ballard to view the Chittenden Locks. Ballard is located in the northwestern part of Seattle. To the north it is bounded by Crown Hill, (N.W. 85th Street); to the east by Greenwood, Phinney Ridge and Fremont (along 8th Avenue N.W.); to the south by the Lake Washington Ship Canal; and to the west by Puget Sound’s Shilshole Bay. The neighborhood’s landmarks include the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (known locally as the "Ballard Locks"), the Nordic Heritage Museum, the Shilshole Bay Marina, and Golden Gardens Park.
|Entrance to Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks|
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, or Ballard Locks, is a complex of locks at the west end of Salmon Bay, in Seattle, Washington's Lake Washington Ship Canal, between the neighborhoods of Ballard to the north and Magnolia to the south.
|We wanted to know and followed the fish but didn't realize it was across the locks until we were on our way back to the parking lot|
|Beautiful botanical gardens|
The Ballard Locks carry more boat traffic than any other lock in the US, and the Locks, along with the fish ladder and the surrounding Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens attract more than one million visitors annually, making it one of Seattle's top tourist attractions.
|What's the name of this flower??? |
The construction of the locks profoundly reshaped the topography of Seattle and the surrounding area, lowering the water level of Lake
Washington and Lake Union by 8.8 feet (2.7 m), adding miles of new waterfront land, reversing the flow of rivers, and leaving piers in the eastern half of Salmon Bay high and dry. The Locks are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the American Society of Civil Engineers Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks.
|Boat approaching from Salmon Bay|
|Boat from Salmon Bay going through locks to Shilshole Bay|
|Exit from locks to Shilshole Bay|