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Bonneville Lock & Dam: Tours & Tickets

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Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this experience and were lucky enough to view the lock in operation. It was so cool to see the barges lowered to be sent on their way down the river! The viewing areas are very informative. Stay as long and learn as much...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank sdm7201
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must-see for so many reasons - the natural and human history, the competition between nature and harnessing nature. We came from the Oregon side, through the security check, and headed for the visitors center. One of the best views of the dam is from...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Phillip W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful surroundings. Learnt a lot. Don’t miss fish ladder and fish farm. Herman the 80 year old sturgeon. There are theee tours of dam and power station a day. You can’t access power station outside of official tour. We missed the 10.39 and next wasn’t...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Kilburnhealer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was excellent with viewing of the powerhouse from inside to the dam. Security was tight however. Well worth a visit to see and hear about why it was built and how it is impacting fish migration.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Don H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Both sides. The Oregon side includes the Fish Hatchery but the Washington side has tours of the Powerhouse and Dam. It’s very easy to do both sides just pay the toll to cross the Bridge of the Gods and you can do both sides...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank JSAdventure
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great!!! Worth seeing! We learned a lot about the history of the dam and the wonderful, clean energy effect it provides!!The ranger tour very informative..about 30 minutes long!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank conniev372
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great to see how the dam was built and why. Also get to see bit of detail about fish in the river and how they built the dam to also look after them.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 606darrenc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across this attraction as we had a couple of hours to kill befor we could book in to our hotel. There is a self guided tour which leads you round most of the dam and lock complex, but if you sign up for...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Markb9185
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place was awesome! We were waterfall viewing for the day and the falls were nuts, so we decided to go here for a little while. Nice, large, visitor center. Watching the chinook, cohos, and see lampreys come up through the fish ladder was very...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Joebob747
Reviewed September 15, 2019

The Bonneville Lock and Dam is an impressive site, by the Army Core of Engineers. We walked around outside and also went inside to watch the fish that were in the locks and walk through history. Staff on hand to answer questions and everyone was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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schmutaki
August 8, 2018|
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Response from jbinwa | Reviewed this property |
As a Washington resident it pains me to say Oregon has anything better than Washington, but I prefer the Oregon side because there is a wider variety of things to see (fish ponds with giant sturgeon and salmon just across... More
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schmutaki
August 8, 2018|
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Response from MandLSantaBarbara | Reviewed this property |
We went to the Oregon visitor center, but it sounded like there was more opportunity at the Washington one. We were told you could tour on the Washington side. It is also newer. We drove back to Portland airport by way of... More
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roxirascal
December 27, 2016|
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Response from ThomasTCat | Reviewed this property |
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers operates and maintains the Bonneville Lock and Dam. The phone number for further information is 541-374-8442.
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