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Bonneville Lock & Dam

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Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
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+1 541-374-8820

Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.

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GO! Visit! A highlight of our trip!

Wandering up through the mountains, following our noses on a leisurely day of sight-seeing. Turned off here, and had the time of a lifetime! See the dam and locks! Fish ladder... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Leah P
Bonham, Texas
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Bonham, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wandering up through the mountains, following our noses on a leisurely day of sight-seeing. Turned off here, and had the time of a lifetime! See the dam and locks! Fish ladder viewing! See HERMAN the Giant Sturgeon! An amazing visit!

Thank Leah P
Redmond, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to learn about the function of a hydroelctric dam. The Visitor Center was very interesting and also provided historical information about the area from before the Lewis and Clark expedition to the present. There are also displays and information about the fish species that travel up the river to spawn. We stopped here in February... More 

1 Thank Peggy M
Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

You learn a lot about the dam and the lock here which was pretty cool. I enjoyed learning about how the lock system worked which was really impressive. You can see fish going through the lock but I think the hatchery is probably more fun for the kids (at least in November) as you see more fish at the hatchery.

Thank mr_hand
Wetherby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This is one of a number of hydro electric power stations along the Columbia Gorge but here an excellent tour guide made the whole experience memorable.

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

If you've ever wondered what it is the US Army Core of Engineers does. This is it! They got a lot of flack for Katrina, but most of their work is sound and this attraction is cool and you can even have a picnic on site too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Bonneville Lock & Dam is very good place to take the family. They have the fish ladders when you can see the fish making the way up river, they swim right be the window. They have fish ponds where you can feed the fish, and learn about them too. Sturgeon pond, trout and Salmon.

Thank Gary W
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

The Bonneville Dam has a great Visitor's Center with friendly and knowledgeable staff. The exhibit that shows how fish use the ladders to get upstream to spawn is fascinating! There are many hiking trails too but I did not have time on this visit to try any. Interesting stop for history buffs and nerdy science types :-)

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Be sure to take the guided tour. The physics and knowledge building this dam took--long before the age of sophisticated computers--is just absolutely astounding The fish ladder is interesting--especially if you've never seen one before. You could easily spend a couple of hours here--lots to read, see, and learn.

1 Thank Rhonda C
Miami Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Just drove through, took a few pics. The water rushing trough the dam was very pretty and the grounds were very nice.

Thank TerryMiamiFlorida
Brandon, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Bonneville Dam and Locks was an interesting experience. There is a tour of the power plant. Call to find out the time. There are windows at the bottom of the facility where you can watch the fish swim through. Make sure to check out the fish hatchery right outside the gate.

Thank Elaine G

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