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Description - Approximately 85,000 vessels pass through the two navigation locks each year. Underground windows offer a rare view of migrating salmon and trout passing through the fish ladder on their way to spawning grounds. Year-round color can be found in the seven-acre botanical gardens containing over 500 species. The visitors center offers exhibits about the history of the Corps and project operation.

Attractions - Underground windows offer a rare view of migrating salmon and trout passing through the fish ladder on their way to spawning grounds. Year-round color can be found in the seven-acre botanical gardens containing over 500 species. The visitors center offers exhibits about the history of the Corps and project operation.

Recreation - Viewing migrating salmon and trout, walking in the botanical gardens, and exploring the visitor center are activities offered at the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. Moisture bearing winds coming from the west give generous amounts of precipitation to the western slopes of the mountains, with wintertime snow above about 3000 feet. This area has an average annual precipitation of 87 inches and an average wintertime snow depth of 87 inches.

Average maximum summer temperatures are in the mid to high 60s with a minimum average in the mid 40s. Because of the elevation and distance from the moderating oceans, winter temperatures are much colder than those in in the Seattle area, with minimum temperatures in the 20s and maximum temperatures in the 30s.

Location - Lake Washington Ship Canal is located on Lake Washington in Seattle. Take I-90 west to I-5 north, then northeast to 50th Street, and then to 3015 northwest 54th Street.


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Filed By: giselle
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Report: I was lucky enough to be on a private cruise trip of Lake Washington... being on a yacht while waiting for the Locks to open was quite an experience! A good number of tourists above flocked to watch this industrial wonder. And we did not need underground windows to see migrating salmon!!! They were right there!!! Hundfreds of them a few hundred feet away... how spectacular. As we headed out to the open water, our captain decided to take us to the boat house community of Seattle, and of course the more prominent waterfront homes!!! Oh wow, these people live w/ boats and seaplanes! Even caught a glimpse of Bill Gates' house... Then through the shipyards... train depots and bustling piers... I saw seals basking near Shilshole Marina... then we turned around to dock at the Bell Marina. The skyline of Seattle from the water is fantastic!!!


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Contact Information:
Lake Washington Ship Canal, 3015 NW 54TH ST , SEATTLE, WA, 98107-4299, Phone: 206-789-2622

Additional Information:
Seattle Area/Volcano Country - This is Volcano Country, home of three volcanoes and a gorge, all in remarkably close proximity to urban centers, from Portland to Puget Sound. This region includes the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas as well as Vancouver, Washington.
Washington Lakes and Reservoirs - Washington has an abundance of lakes and reservoirs managed both by USDI Fish and Wildlife and USDA National Forest Service.

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