Bonneville Lock & Dam
Bonneville Lock & Dam
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Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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  • kgilbert78
    Columbus, Ohio2,711 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting Site
    This was a very interesting site. There's the dam, the turbine and electrical equipment, and a visitor's center. Inside the visitor's center, you can view the fish-ladders from underwater and see the fish swimming back up the river. It is a good place to go on a rainy day (which this was). Watching the fish swim upstream was fun.
    Visited May 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Katie Hall
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting exhibits
    We really enjoyed touring this dam and fish ladders. The exhibits were very interesting. I especially like the display on Lewis and Clark and their journey, it was also fun to see the fish trying to climb the ladder.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, California3,540 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative
    Highly informative. This is my first visit to an attraction managed by us army corps of engineers. The exhibition was informative and interactive. I could not see salmons flowing through the stream due to the muddy water condition, but my visit was worth it. Expect to spend about an hour if you are interested in knowing more about history and science.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Howard S
    Yardley, Pennsylvania257 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cruise ship excursion 1
    This is a small but well maintained dam. Good tour especially of powerhouse. Good to see a fish ladder. Movie is old and uninteresting. Nice gift shop. Very informative staff.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 17, 2023
  • SoundStorm
    Munich, Germany38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bigfoot found & now in Munich Germany
    A visit to the site, like others have said, is worth the effort, especially during the salmon run season. Another unexpected pleasure was to find Bigfoot in the shop store! Not the everyday run of the mill Bigfoot, but a cool Bobble Head Bigfoot. Now my Bigfoot has been seen in Munich Germany. Where has your Bigfoot been seen?
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • WDCUeberau
    Phoenix, Arizona66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well 'thought out' - knowledgeable friendly rangers
    Very interesting, well thought-out explanation of hydro power dam and fish ladder facility. Movie and history of area including dam system and environmental concerns well done. The rangers on duty were friendly and enjoyed sharing their knowledge; very personable. Would recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 10, 2023
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WDCUeberau
Phoenix, AZ66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Very interesting, well thought-out explanation of hydro power dam and fish ladder facility. Movie and history of area including dam system and environmental concerns well done. The rangers on duty were friendly and enjoyed sharing their knowledge; very personable. Would recommend.
Written October 10, 2023
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SoundStorm
Munich, Germany38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A visit to the site, like others have said, is worth the effort, especially during the salmon run season. Another unexpected pleasure was to find Bigfoot in the shop store! Not the everyday run of the mill Bigfoot, but a cool Bobble Head Bigfoot. Now my Bigfoot has been seen in Munich Germany. Where has your Bigfoot been seen?
Written October 10, 2023
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James c
Oklahoma City, OK197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This dam and power plant was a cool stop on the river gorge drive. The best part is viewing the fish ladders, I have always wanted to see salmon spawning, there are 5 floors that have different educational info, plus a view deck of the entire area with views of dam and of course you can also see the retired machinery that was used prior to updating. There is a fish hatchery on the other side , which is run by oregon wildlife department as this place is run separately by the US army .The hatchery is where you can see tons of salmon and leap out of the water!
Written September 25, 2023
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Howard S
Yardley, PA257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is a small but well maintained dam. Good tour especially of powerhouse. Good to see a fish ladder. Movie is old and uninteresting. Nice gift shop. Very informative staff.
Written September 17, 2023
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Highly informative. This is my first visit to an attraction managed by us army corps of engineers. The exhibition was informative and interactive. I could not see salmons flowing through the stream due to the muddy water condition, but my visit was worth it. Expect to spend about an hour if you are interested in knowing more about history and science.
Written August 29, 2023
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SMF-Collegeville
Batesville, IN212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is a large hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River. It has interesting exhibits on electricity (especially hydroelectricity), area information (including about the Native people and Lewis and Clark), and windows into the fish ladders.
We always hear about salmon using fish ladders - but lampreys also make the same sort of migration. And we were in lamprey migration season rather than salmon migration season. I never imagined seeing so many lampreys in one place.
Written August 19, 2023
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Katie Hall
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed touring this dam and fish ladders. The exhibits were very interesting. I especially like the display on Lewis and Clark and their journey, it was also fun to see the fish trying to climb the ladder.
Written August 13, 2023
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marriott946
London, UK674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We were passing so we stopped and it was well worth the stop.

An Army Engineer Corp project which achieved its objective.

The fish ladder is brilliant and we saw lots of fish via the windows and outside on the actual "ladders"
Written June 9, 2023
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Mktpro99
West Palm Beach, FL1,309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This is a very interesting place. There is a small exhibit as well as several views is the dam. Prior to the dam there is a large fish hatchery. Go check out the large trout and salmon towards the back.
Written May 17, 2023
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kgilbert78
Columbus, OH2,711 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This was a very interesting site. There's the dam, the turbine and electrical equipment, and a visitor's center. Inside the visitor's center, you can view the fish-ladders from underwater and see the fish swimming back up the river. It is a good place to go on a rainy day (which this was). Watching the fish swim upstream was fun.
Written April 19, 2023
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