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    3015 NW 54th Street
    Seattle, WA 98107-4299
    Phone: (206) 789-2622

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See the Lake Washington Ship Canal website for additional information. Primary recreational opportunities are listed below.

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Lake Washington Ship Canal Visitor Center (206) 783-7059

Directions & Lake History/Factoid
Directions: From the Eastside (Bellevue, Issaquah, etc.) - Take Interstate 90 or Hwy 520 westbound to Interstate 5. Follow "From South of Seattle" instructions below. From South of Seattle (Tacoma, Olympia, etc.) - Take Interstate 5 northbound and get off at Exit 169. At stop light, turn left onto NE 45th Street going westbound. Follow 45th through intersection. At Stone Way bear right onto N Midvale Place, then left onto N 46th Street. Stay in right lane and go under Aurora overpass. Continue west on 46th, which curves into NW Market Street. Follow NW Market westbound across 15th Ave NW and through the Ballard business district to the Taco Time. At Taco Time bear left onto NW 54th Street. Turn left immediately after the Lockspot Cafe. This is a city parking lot. From North of Seattle (Shoreline, Everett, etc.) - Take Interstate 5 southbound and get off at Exit 172. Follow exit ramp onto N 85th Street heading westbound. Continue on N 85th Street across Aurora Ave, across 15th Ave NW, to end of road (32nd Ave NW). At stop sign, turn left onto 32nd Ave NW and follow it southbound to end of road, which will be NW 54th St. A 7-11 Store is on your right and Totem House Restaurant is on your left. Turn left on NW 54th Street, then turn right at the Lockspot Cafe. This is a city parking lot. From Downtown Seattle or Hwy 99 Viaduct - If you are in downtown, take Denny Way westbound and follow the road as it curves around to the right. Denny Way turns into Elliott Ave. If you are on the Hwy 99 viaduct (Alaskan Way Viaduct), exit onto Western Ave. Follow Western till it merges with Elliott. Once on Elliott, follow Elliott Ave W northbound, it will curve into 15th Ave W. Continue north on 15th Street, across the Ballard Bridge to Market Street NW (the first traffic light). Turn left at NW Market Street. Follow NW Market westbound through the Ballard business district to the Taco Time. At Taco Time bear left onto NW 54th Street. Turn left immediately after the Lockspot Cafe. This is a city parking lot.

Factoid: The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is the most popular site along the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The diversity of visitors from around the world attests to its universal appeal. The project is a combination of features: two navigation locks, a spillway dam, a fish ladder, a botanical garden, a regional visitor center and gift shop.

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Please see the list below for USACE managed areas. Other parks run by state or private marinas are not included in the list below. Please contact the state or private marina for additional information.

Open    Partially Open    Closed    Status Unknown

2 Recreation areas at Lake Washington Ship Canal

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 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Recreation Area                   I
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center                    
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area   Corps Managed Managed by Others in Italics $ Corps Fees Collected
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XExists at lake
EElectric Campsites
NNon-electric Campsites
PPrimitive Campsites
GGroup Camping
DDump Station
CFish Cleaning Stations
DFishing Docks
PFishing Piers
APicnic Area
GGroup Picnic
GSGroup Picnic Shelter
PSwimming Pool
BBike Trails
QEquestrian Trails
HHiking Trails
IHiking Trails - Interpretive
ROff Road Vehicle Trails
FFitness Trails
WWater Trails
SSnow Mobile Trails
CCCross Country Skiing Trails
MMultipurpose Trails

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