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Address: , Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Phone Number: 541-374-8820
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Description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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Dam, this place was cool!

After checking out the falls along the scenic highway, we kept going and were happy to have come upon the Bonneville Dam. Really nice place to stop! Got a free 45 minute tour of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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San Rafael, California
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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

After checking out the falls along the scenic highway, we kept going and were happy to have come upon the Bonneville Dam. Really nice place to stop! Got a free 45 minute tour of the dam and lock by an awesomely smart and funny employee. She was terrific! There's an underwater viewing area of the salmon and eel that I... More 

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Sandy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place for sightseeing alone or history. You drive on the dam. It feels like the set of a spy movie in East Germany. Interesting. Amazing to see the fish through the window views of the fish ladders. There is a theater as well as regular free tours. The do inspect all backpacks. We would go back again.

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Impressive view of the Bonneville Dam, lovely grounds, and a fish hatchery. But the underwater view of the fish ladder is why you should stop here. Prominently displayed statistics say that around 95℅ of the fish succeed in traversing the passage around the dam - we hope so.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

took the guided tour provided by the Army Corps Engineers who are in charge of the facility -- explanation of the power generation and the fish ladders for the salmon heading to sponging areas up river - our guide was enthusiastic and madfe it interesting

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Stuart, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It was very interesting to learn about the Dam and Locks. One of the most interesting was the fish ladder and watching the fish swim through. DO NOT miss the Bonneville Fish Hatchery next door. Wanna see a 10', 70 year old, 500 pound Sturgeon?? They have a live one.

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San Ramon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Wow! Large Dam and nice facility! The fish ladder was really interesting and the fish viewing area on the bottom floor was fascinating... you can see the fish swim by and go up the ladder. They have volunteers who count the fish by type of fish every day during their journey up the river. We missed the power plant tour,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were visiting the Columbia River scenic drive and after Multnomah Falls we could drive to Bonneville Dam. It was a very good idea. First a ranger lets you in after car search and then you drive one mile to the visitor center. Once there you can buy some postcards of the dam, which is gigantic and very impressive. You... More 

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Montecito, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Easy in and out with large parking lot. Self guided tour of the facility learning it's history and operation. Think they had power plant tours also with a ranger.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Stopped here as we were driving the Colombia gorge loop. Beautiful views & very educational. They have what they call fish ladders for the fish to get around the dam to go upstream. The locks don't open until the afternoon so we didn't get to see any boats go through but impressive nonetheless. Very informative information center. My husband the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We were taking our great granddaughters home to Idaho and knew from our past stops that this was something a 12 and 8 year old would enjoy.. And they were so full of questions and were in awe of the huge sturgeon and getting to stand so close to them...

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