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Bonneville Lock & Dam

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Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Phone Number: 541-374-8820
Description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

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This would be a great place to take kids to–especially when the fish are running through the underwater display. It's an interesting learning experience if you can survive the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Bend, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This would be a great place to take kids to–especially when the fish are running through the underwater display. It's an interesting learning experience if you can survive the blast of heinous rainbow carpeting throughout.

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Cascade Locks, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The roar of the water thru the dam is so ajust awesome! the sturgeon and fish ponds are so cool to see them up close!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Had s great experience, lots of educational and fun things to see. Took s tour of the power house, the Ranger Ron was great. He made it a funny, educational and nice experience.

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Southern California
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95 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is a real working dam and you get to see some of the inter-workings of this location. The dam and fish ladders were interesting but the best time to visit is September when the fish are running. It was interesting to walk around the facility to look around but unless you have some time to kill or just want... More 

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Troutdale, Oregon
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29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This is an engineering marvel and it is fun to walk around watching a working dam. I like to bring quarters to feed the fish in the ponds. They swarm where ever you throw the food just like synchronized swimmers. The staff in the Dam love to talk if time is allowing that. We like to watch the fish count... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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109 reviews 109 reviews
50 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

"That was interesting," said my husband when I asked him what he remembered of our visit to Bonneville Dam in October 2014. Many good activities at this site. First off, you are greeted by a staff person who gives you an overview of what's available...I like choices, especially if there's a crowd. Lots of displays, plenty of individual reading sites,... More 

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Yelm, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A self guided tour showing the power of water and how it is used to make electricity. There is a short video presentation it this little inside amphitheater and some exhibits that are very engaging. The site of all the turbines and the power they represent is awesome. Downstairs is the glass windows showing the fish ladder and seeing all... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This review is from a visit to the south side of the dam. If you were to assume that Bonneville Dam is one of those things a tourist should just snap a photo of before hurrying on down the road, you'd be wrong. The fish ladders are interesting, and you can watch fish navigating them from a viewing area in... More 

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Nutley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We really loved seeing the steelhead swim up the ladders in the Visitor Center of the second power plant on the Washington State side of the Dam. The film there explained how the Columbia River became the river 15,000 years ago. There is also a clear explanation about how the Army Corp of Engineers relocated the town of North Bonneville.... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I was shocked to be driving so close to the dam. This free tour showed how electricity is produced and how it works around mother nature's salmon. The walk and talk tour was about 20 minutes. After that you can go on your own to explore (within the marked boundary). This is a must stop. You can even be a... More 

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