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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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In addition to the information building with video and views, we took the powerhouse tour. Very interesting.

Reviewed 10 August 2016
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

In addition to the information building with video and views, we took the powerhouse tour. Very interesting.

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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Great stop with something for everyone. My 10 year old son liked watching the fish swim upstream through the underwater windows; my 13 yr old daughter played a computer simulation of the salmon life cycle; my wife and I were fascinated by a video of native peoples describing the decline of the lamprey population (looks like eel but not related).... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Took the guided tour on the Washington side of the river. The ranger lead tour was awesome because you get to go inside the dam and see the generation equipment. Lots of technical info, but also cool to see the sheer size of everything. Spend some time watching the salmon climb the fish ladder

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Both the lock & dam and the fish hatchery are great stops along the Columbia River Gorge. It's a credit to those who knew that by harnessing all the power of the water, it would provide much needed electricity to surrounding areas. They are also careful to protect the wildlife in the water. It was very interesting to know that... More 

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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Surprisingly interesting stop here. Neat stuff to see including the salmon ladder area where the salmon bypass the dam.

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Big dam with some dramatic water flow and lots of educational material at the Army Corps of Engineers center. It's worth a stroll around the grounds and the bathrooms are clean and free.

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orange county
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

This is an interesting, quick, free attraction to view as you explore the waterfalls along Hwy 84. We stopped for about an hour to kill a little time before checking into our nearby hotel. Walked around the pretty grounds, admired the powerful Columbia River, watched salmon climbing the fish ladder and checked out the gift shop. It all made for... More 

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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Completely free! Great option for family. Some walking. Cool fish ladder. Good lesson in hydroelectric energy and dams in general.

Thank JooleySchmooze
Flower Mound, Texas
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Interesting tour of dam. Short talk about the history and building of the dam and how it produces energy, followed by short walk to pump stations. Beautiful views of River , you're out in the middle of it after all.

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Arkansas City, Kansas
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

We found the Bonneville Lock and Dam quite interesting with the self-guided tour. The fish going up the fish ladders was fun to watch.

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