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Bonneville Lock & Dam

Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
541-374-8820
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Dams
Description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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Avon by the Sea, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a wonderful surprise. Left rainy Portland on our way to the Multnomah falls. Our friend decided we should visit the dam first. What fun! There was a guided tour which took us to see the the powerhouse. There were plenty of salmon jumping the ladders. The underwater glass viewing room was very interesting to watch. Visit the hatchery on... More

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Crowsnest Pass, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the stop and strolling around the dam. The underwater viewing area of the locks is quite unique. Kids will love it. The volunteers were very friendly. They don't charge anything but we made a donation.

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Moshi
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Though they won't really let you super close to the dam anymore, there is so much to see here that it is worth not being close. Wow, the staff were so nice and friendly, they gave marvelous descriptions of everything. You could see the salmon swimming up the fish ladders both outside as they leaped and moved up, and inside... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Had been to the Oregon side before, but this time we visited the Washington side ---- Visitors Center was very informative, and the Chinook (King) Salmon were running so the fish ladders were full ---- highly recommend!!

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Florida
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12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Your tour here is very educational and scenic. The dams along the Columbia River are some of the most interesting facets regarding the Lewis and Clark expedition in that the river has been so much changed from their time. This dam and lock is quite a nice visit: it shows in great detail the salmon ladders and the problems those... More

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Salem, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Bonneville Dam is an educational gem for all to see. There are many aspects of visiting the dam that are intriguing, the fish ladders being quite a treat for children and adults alike. The facility is accessible free to the public and offers free guided tours throughout the day. There are two powerhouses to visit-one on the Oregon side... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I enjoyed the tour and museum at the Bonneville Dam. Very historical place that helped to provide power to Portland. I love the Salmon ladders and all the views. This is a free attraction. The only draw back is all the screaming kids.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were unsure of whether to stop here on our way to Multnomah Falls and it was worth the stop! You can watch the fish swim up the fish ladder. Volunteer guide was a wealth of information and gave us guides and maps too!

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SF Bay Area
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136 reviews 136 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

loved this place and i'm so glad that we stopped. we've seen several dams, but each one is different and has something special to offer. we happened along at the right time and saw a catamaran go thru the locks, the water going over the damn is always a sight to behold. the grounds are pretty with many historical artifacts... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We arrived early and walked around before the center opened. Interesting items on the outside but the fun is on the inside. My grand daughter and I used the computer "game" learning program to learn the life cycle of a salmon. Inside, downstairs, we watched the salmon traveling upstream through the glass. There were other creatures sucking on the glass.... More

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