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The Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder

Commodore Way South Entrance, Seattle, WA 98107
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Underground windows offer a rare view of migrating salmon and trout passing through the fish ladder headed for rivers and streams to their spawning grounds.
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Commodore Way South Entrance, Seattle, WA 98107
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A bit early in July to see the full run but we saw so many young salmon it was definitely worth the trip!

Thank Sherrie G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are visiting the locks, cross over to the southern side and wander down into the Fish ladder viewing area. An interesting and educational setup where you can see the salmon swimming against the current to use this ladder between water levels

Thank CodyMav
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

We came to the viewing room and there are glass windows, where you can see up close salmon swimming against the strong current to go up the ladder. There were different species of salmon. It was a very fascinating sight and educational experience for us....More

Thank Phi S
Reviewed 9 September 2017

See some good waterlife. But it is a very small glass window. And the variety of fishes to be seen is not too great.

Thank DreamerDisha
Reviewed 3 September 2017

The Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder is a great place to spend 1-2 hours. It is a free activity and the park is really gorgeous. It is a fantastic place to sit and watch the traffic on the water. You can also go down...More

Thank RamonaL34
Reviewed 26 August 2017

We asked our tour bus driver to stop here and our whole family spent about 45 minutes watching the boats go through the locks in both directions. If you wonder how things work and how things can be done this is very interesting. Then there...More

Thank Ron T
Reviewed 2 May 2017

The park is really beautiful, the locks are extremely interesting, like a miniature Panama Canal and the fish ladder is great! Find out when the salmon are running and wait to go then. Also, if you can go on a week day that is better...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Its a wonderful place to visit or, as we do, bring guests, to watch the fish return in the fall, or to show people the boats going in and out of the locks. The envrionment is also landscaped well and in the spring and summer...More

Thank couplessPS
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Well worth a quick visit if you are nearby. You can watch the fish from an inside viewing room. It's very interesting.

Thank pollyoppy
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This was included on our tour and showed how the salmon jump up river. How it tires them. It is amazing how many types of salmon there are. A very interesting trip.

Thank Denise T
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Kathy B
20 August 2015|
Response from Miriahm D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they run mid June through Oct, and sept is the best.