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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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Germantown, MD
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109 reviews 109 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We didn't take the dam tour. We just had fun standing outside and watching the fish jump up the levels of the fish ladder or find themselves pushed down by the force of the water. Inside, you can see them swim through a narrow channel with lines on the windows where someone may be there counting the types of fish... More

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We stopped here because we like to see the power of water and it was along our 'route' for the day. We had no idea what to expect except that we knew it was a dam. We lucked into a ranger-led tour which is the only way to get into parts of this place. You will have your car searched... More

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Portland, Oregon
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Husband and I went and visited the dam and fish hatchery yesterday. What beautiful views and gorgeous flowers to see there. We took the free tour, which they say takes 45 minutes, but it's more like 20; depends on how long you stay over there. It's a nice place to visit and learn some history and it's all free! We... More

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ELK GROVE
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Bonneville Lock & Dam is definitely a hidden gem. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to see the dam and how it all works. We joined one of the guided tours to the Powerhouse and the guide explained gave us a presentation that talked about the locks and the history. We learned so much and wished we could spend more... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Take the tour to see the inside of the dam and the power plant and make sure you see the salmon ladders and the fish as they get counted.

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Northren Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Wonderful visitor's center. You will get to see fish go through the fish latter, learn about the environmental issues facing the river and can go over to the fish hatchery. Particularly a good stop with kids.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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95 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We didn't have this on our list of must visit but though why not? We had some extra time and though the kids might like to see the fish. It was a very interesting experience. I am glad we stopped. It is crazy to see how much water goes through there and the forces at which it does. I saw... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Pretty interesting, educational. Unfortunately it was very windy and slightly rainy, so being outside to long didn't make the moment very enjoyable. Lots of information to sort through. Staff is ok, nothing special. The ladders where the fish swim up stream is pretty neat to see. The elevators smelled and 1 was broke, if you can take the stairs!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Got a chance to take the tour of the generating station, view the fish ladder and watch the fish pass by the counting station. Went down the way to the fish hatchery

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Rexburg, Idaho
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36 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is a wonderful place to teach travelers about how fish travel up through streams with large dams in place. You can get up close and personal with very large salmon, trout, and other species. I love to stop and see the way the locks work, and particularly love to go over to the sturgeon ponds afterward to feed the... More

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