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Address: Winchester, OR 97495

The Winchester Dam was built in November 1890 and is in the National...

The Winchester Dam was built in November 1890 and is in the National Register of Historical Places. Constructed from large timber cribs, the dam was originally built 4 feet high and in 1907 the dam was raised to sixteen feet. Winchester Dam provided water and electricity for the town of Roseburg until 1923.

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Wonderful views

This dam has increased the beauty of the area. The fish ladder is state of the art. The new access and parking area is first rate.

Reviewed 29 May 2014
Rex S
Winston, Oregon
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Glide, Or
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

Anyone visiting here needs to go. Hard to imagine a "fish ladder" if you don't know, but we've been there when the viewing window is full of large salmon.

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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We happened to see the sign for the "Fish Viewing Area" as we were passing the exit. I did a quick Google and saw that it was a fish ladder. With the very good TripAdvisor reviews it convinced us to stop. It's a great learning experience for adults and kids. It's very well maintained although the fish counts are no... More 

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Murrieta, California
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941 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

The dam is located on old highway 99, north of Roseburg and accessed via exit 129 off I-5. There is a large parking lot. There are pathways that lead to the highway 99 bridge, for a nice overview of the dam, or down to the fish observation area. The pathway to the bridge is handicap accessible but the fish viewing... More 

Thank SoCalOregonian
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398 reviews
183 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2014

This is a real neat quick stop just off I-5 it will only take a few minutes and is worth it, sometimes there are no fish but when you catch them running it is fantastic, This time nothing was running but we did see lizards on the steps on the way down and a big blue crane flew over the... More 

2 Thank simpleyme
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469 reviews
209 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 347 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014

This Historic place was built in the 1890's and is worth a short stop off exit 129 on the I-5 when traveling thru Oregon. It's easy to miss coming from the north as there is just a "fish viewing" sign on the left with a small parking lot (but room for RV's and big rigs) in view. It isn't until... More 

1 Thank Bchgrl9
Lebanon, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

What a great surprise! We came here in late May and the salmon were running. Tons of then viewable at the viewing area of the fish later. Great views of the dam from up above. Got to see a herring as well. Very steep stairs to and from the viewing area that could be a challenge for the elderly or... More 

Thank Michael M
Winston, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

This dam has increased the beauty of the area. The fish ladder is state of the art. The new access and parking area is first rate.

Thank Rex S
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55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2014

Less than a mile off I-5, enjoy dry underwater fish viewing at the Winchester Dam. The fish counting windows on the fish ladder's upper ponds are open to the public year-round. The ladder is on the north side of the river, a short walk down from the paved parking lot. Unless you stand out in a river, you and the... More 

1 Thank MICHEL S
Gearhart, Oregon
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468 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

A rather unspectacular dam. It does give you a relatively close look at the fish but the larger dams, like Bonneville, provide still better views. I agree that ospreys could add to the experience. And the point made that the fish aren't always there is important. It is a place for a quick stop with easy on and off.

Thank jamesccasterline
Sutherlin, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013

This is a hit-or-miss activity. When the salmon are running, its a really cool site. I've even seen ospreys working the area just below the dam, and they have a big nest in the trestle bridge nearby. Downside is that when the salmon are not running, it smells like a urinal in the viewing area, presumably because hooligans are using... More 

Thank Scott M

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