While the immensely popular “Inside the Locks Tunnels” tours aren’t happening this year, the Locks is offering detailed presentations about how the Locks were designed and what it takes to keep them operating.
The presentations start in the visitor center, followed by a “special VIP tour” with the Locks engineers. “A rare chance to see what challenges they face and how they repair 100 year old systems,” the event info reads.
The presentations are being offered only while the large lock is closed for maintenance and gate repairs. There will be four more chances to see the presentation on the next two Fridays (Nov. 9 and 16) at 10am and 2pm.
Photo from last year’s maintenance, from the Ballard Locks Facebook page