Chittenden Locks in Ballard closing large and small locks June 5

Published June 2, 2014

SEATTLE – Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard is closing both the large and small locks 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 for an inspection of the Adult Salmon Exclusion Structure. 

The structure is near the middle pier between the east entrances to both locks. There will be divers in the water during this time period, preventing lock operations. The only exception will be for emergency vessels (Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Police, and Coast Guard) on an emergency call.

Please direct questions to David Carpenter, Navigation Supervisor, 206-789-2622, ext. 202, or to the Lockmaster on duty, 206-783-7000.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates the Chittenden Locks, the busiest locks in the nation, with 50,000 vessels locking through each year.  For current information about activities at the Locks, visit the Locks’ website at or follow the Locks on Facebook and Twitter: and


Steve Cosgrove

Release no. 14-026