Salmon Bay Marine Center

2284 W. Commodore Way, Seattle, WA 98199. Just 10 minutes from downtown Seattle.

47° 39.67 N, 122° 23.06 W

Directions By Land

Directions By Sea

Salmon Bay Marine Center aerial view with Ballard and Interbay area

The Ballard Locks

The Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks separate saltwater Puget Sound from the
freshwater of Lake Union and Lake Washington

Entering The Ballard Ship Canal

  • A single large lock (760x80 foot) or small lock (150x30 foot) lock lifts boats 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.

Ballard Maritime History

Settled in 1880 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.

  • 150 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.