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Lakes-To-Locks Water Trail

The Lakes-To-Locks Water Trail is a day use trail with over 100 public places to launch and land small non-motorized boats in the midst of vibrant Pacific Northwest communities. Explore the greater Seattle metropolitan area on lakes, rivers, and waterways. Discover hidden coves or enjoy miles of open water fringed by a variety of natural areas, suburban neighborhoods, and heavy urban industries.

The trail was designated in August 2000. It quickly received national notice, winning the inaugural Blue Ribbon Award from North American Water Trails in 2001 and the National Park Service Partnership Award in Recreation in 2002.

The lakes of Lakes-To-Locks are Sammamish, Washington, and Union. The locks of the Lakes-To-Locks Water Trail are the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks where fresh water meets salt water. This is one way to reach the Cascadia Marine Trail on Puget Sound.

A map of the Lakes-To-Locks Region. Purchase detailed Lakes-To-Locks maps in the WWTA store.

The Hiram A. Chittenden Locks are the nautical gateway to the Puget Sound. Read locking procedures for non-motorized boats to ensure a safe journey between salt and fresh water.

Take a self-guided tour of Lake Union & Portage Bay with a new map produced by WWTA and the Center for Wooden Boats.

Those who helped make the trail possible.

Learn about the history of the trail.

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