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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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We loved the fish ladder. We went to the bottom first and then walked along the ladder to the top. The movie was rather disappointing. I expected more on the actual building... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Stockholm, Sweden
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We had a very good entertaining guide, she got the children in the group to be involved in a nice way.

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AL
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We loved the fish ladder. We went to the bottom first and then walked along the ladder to the top. The movie was rather disappointing. I expected more on the actual building and operation of the dam.

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NJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Wasn't much of a detour of our drive through the Columbia River Gorge, but not one we'd likely return to as it didn't hold our interest.

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Saint Helens, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Room for the kids to run, and lots for everyone to explore. It is a little far from the house, so we only go once per year.

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Coral Springs, FL
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

No fee to visit or park. Visitors can walk almost anywhere to read about the dam, the fish ladders to help them swim around the dam and get upstream. Take the time to go over to watch the water come thru the dam, and how powerful the rapids are coming thru. Many people are fishing on the rocks down below.... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A visit to the Bonneville Dam is one where it helps to see how a clever engineer worked out how to combine generation of power using the water and transporting materials via the canals. It also shows where some other clever person has decided that it would be a great pleace to breed Sturgeon and there are one or two... More 

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Sacramento, California
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Obviously the dam and the hydro-electric plant are incredible engineering feats. But for me the fish ladder and was the highlight. I learned that there is one person at a desk in front of a window 24/7 counting the fish that go up the river - they have to track the type of fish and subtract out the ones that... More 

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Central Florida
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160 reviews 160 reviews
82 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I am not sure if you can visit from both sides/states but our visit started from the Washington side. The admission was free and we started from the actual Bonneville Dam building. Here is what caught my eye right away = just enough facts displayed on fewer posters and exhibits (instead of trying to overwhelm you with too much they... More 

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southern california
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This was a very interesting and unplanned stop. I didn't expect a free and interesting tour of the hydroelectric plant. The 1 mile drive up to the plant is sort of fun because it is very secure and it is exciting to drive to the visitor center. Your car will be checked upon entry, but it is fast and easy.... More 

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Aberdeen, South Dakota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

On our way to Portland, we toured this impressive facility while enjoying the Columbia Gorge. The staff was very helpful explaining the various features and benefits of this operation. While we were about a week early for the peak spring salmon run, we were still able to view a good number of fish heading up the ladder and through the... More 

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Address: Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Phone Number: 541-374-8820
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Cascade Locks

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