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How to Navigate "Lock Through" the Chittenden/Ballard Locks

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Published on May 11, 2015

This 1999 video "Locking Through", while a bit dated, does provide valuable information for first time boaters planning on navigating the Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks. We also suggest our "Drowning in 60 sec." Water Safety Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90jEo...


The Large Locks can be especially intimidating when the elevation difference is 20 feet or more and large commercial vessels are present. While the Small Locks are easiest, you may not have a choice on a busy summer weekend, so be prepared. Typically early mornings are the least busy times.

The locks are over 100 years old. The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Centennial was on July 4, 2017...

For information on the Ballard Locks and upcoming Centennial go to http://www.ballardlocks.org

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