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Bonneville Lock & Dam

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Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Phone Number: 541-374-8820
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Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.

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This is a cool attraction!

We took the complete tour, going inside the damn itself. It's amazing that this damn was built during the Depression. It's an engineering marvel. It was also neat to go to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Ken O
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the complete tour, going inside the damn itself. It's amazing that this damn was built during the Depression. It's an engineering marvel. It was also neat to go to the fish hatchery nearby.

Thank Ken O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you driving here you should pay a visit to the locks too. This is a engineering masterpiece. Informative and impressing visit.

Thank caligal10
peachtree city, ga
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bonneville Dam is an engineering marvel. But there is little here to cover that. There are only a couple of places to stop and view the workings/purpose. Very little is on the walls or elsewhere to explain what you would want to learn. Tour is self-guided.

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Bear, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bonneville Dam and Locks is a fun and informative visit for everyone from young children to adults and will interest you whether you have a technical background or not. The visitor's center has an excellent film on the history of the falls before the dam was built, why the dam was built and the background of the Army Corps... More 

Thank BearTraveler69
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Visitors center was great. The volunteer at the desk was friendly and knowledgeable. He told about the locks, the fish ladder and the salmon. He directed us to the points of interest to see at the visitors center. We were interested in a tour, but there was a school program that day and tour was not available. Worth the... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can easily spend a couple of hours here and learn things about the the dam, the fish ladder, and salmons (and more). I really enjoyed the visit and it's a relaxing place. We even got to see several sea lions lounging about!

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Stevenson, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

been there many times, nice quiet place to enjoy, with a multitude of things to see. beautifull gardens, shrubs, plants, nice relaxing place to spend 2-3 hours, easy in, easy out, no hurried atmosphere, the usual tourist shop, but no pressure to spend..

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

I traveled here with a hiking group, and found the tour of the dam, and watching and learning about the fish ladder for the salmon returning to spawn, to be very worthwhile--which I'll admit I did not expect. The tour is run by the Army Corps of Engineers, and is a great public relations tool for them, and a source... More 

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Ridgefield, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The Bonneville Dam was a PWA works project of FDR and was built at the mouth of the Columbia River . In 1987 it was declared a National historic landmark and was opened to the public. This is a terrific place to visit for all ages. It has great explanations, sites showing how the dam and locks operate, what the... More 

Thank larkenRidgefield_CT
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We walked around and enjoyed the fish window. Then we took a Tour that was hosted by Nicole. She was very knowledgeable and shared in depth stories. She has an excellent speaking style and makes everyone a part of the presentation. After the tour we were going through the visitor building and spoke to a lady sitting outside. Turns out... More 

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