Pacific Northwest Cruising


The Pacific Northwest boasts some of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world. From the Salish Sea up the Inside Passage to Alaska, cruising these beautiful waterways is truly an unforgettable experience.

Ballard Maritime History

Settled by Scandinavian fishermen, Ballard remains home to the thriving North Pacific fishing fleet. These fishing vessels represent the diversity of our fishing industry, operating in some of the most demanding conditions at sea while catching halibut, crab, salmon, and more. To service these fishing vessels, Ballard has the largest concentration of marine repair facilities and manpower in the United States.

  • 50 year old fishing industry - $8.5 billion a year industry - 1000+ commercial fishing vessels homeported in Ballard’s freshwater. The highest concentration of maritime repair professionals in the USA.

Entering The Ballard Ship Canal

  • A single large (760x80 foot) or small (150x30 foot) lock lifts boats about 8 to 12 feet (depending on tide level) to the Ballard Ship Canal. Salmon Bay Marine Center (SBMC) is on the freshwater side, just 1000 yards from the locks