Ballard Locks Kayak Tour

Weekend Tour

Gain a fresh perspective on a beloved local treasure with this kayak tour through the Ballard Locks, which were designed to prevent saltwater intrusion from Puget Sound into local lakes. 

We’ll paddle along the shore of Lake Union, up the Ship Canal, then through the historic Hiram M. Chittenden locks where we drop from freshwater into saltwater and watch the ecosystem transform. Learn about the surrounding area as you paddle through the city’s unique waterways, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a jumping salmon or an adorable harbor seal. This tour is ideal for anyone with an interest in kayaking.  

Please note: Previous kayak experience is recommended but not required, and participants should be prepared to paddle about 8 miles at a relaxed pace. Synthetic quick-dry clothing, sun protection, water, and water shoes/sandals are recommended.