Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Visitor Center Info

While the Visitors Center is being renovated, our days and hours of operation are: 

Feb. 7 - April 30, 2023

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Closed:  Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

May 1 - Oct. 31, 2023 

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Hours:  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Closed: Sunday, and Monday.

Nov. 1, 2023 - April 30, 2024

Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Closed: Monday and Tuesday.

We'll resume our regular schedule when the Visitors Center is completely renovated.



Touring the Locks: General Information

Free daily tours are offered at 2:00 p.m. each day the visitor center is open between May 1st and October 31st.  Tours last approximately one hour, are open to all and begin from the Visitor Center.

Daily tours at 2:00 p.m. do not require a reservation.

Organized tours of the Chittenden locks, fish ladder and Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden are available for groups of 8 or more individuals each day the Visitor Center is open January 1st through December 31st.

Organized tours require a reservation.

To request an organized tour, please submit a request by filling out the form below and submit. Once you have submitted a tour request, you will be contacted within 72 business hours by Park Ranger staff who will assist you in scheduling your organized tour.

For more information about the Botanical Gardens, click here

For more information about the Fish Ladder, click here

Request Your Organized Tour




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