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Bonneville Lock & Dam

Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Phone Number: 541-374-8820
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$98*
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia...
93%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Dams, Outdoors
Owner description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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Type: Dams, Outdoors
Owner description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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Yelm, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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723 reviews 723 reviews
372 attraction reviews
366 helpful votes 366 helpful votes
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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325 reviews 325 reviews
168 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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99 reviews 99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Passed by here numerous times but this was my first visit. You have to be impressed by the shear size of this dam and the amount of water that passes through it each day. The Corps of Engineer staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. There are great views from the top deck and you get a 360 degree panorama.... More 

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Black Hawk, South Dakota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This dam is a lot of fun because you get to drive over part of it to get to the island that the visitor center sits on. Don't miss the fish ladder down in the basement.Those big salmon will scare the **** of you when they pop out of the murky water. Gift shop has lots of interesting books on... More 

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TN
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158 reviews 158 reviews
60 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Don't understand why, but there is no place to review the powerhouse tour for the Washington side, so I'll put it here. It is really good. The little lady with the Corps of Engineers was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We saw fish ladders, including underwater viewing windows. We saw the generators with spinning magnets and adjustable vane mechanisms. I think accessibility... More 

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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

The visitor's center was great - lots of displays, good short videos, nice fish observation windows and great tour of the power plant with Meg. She was knowledgeable and funny. Much more intimate than Coulee Dam or Hoover Dam.

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Chestertown, Maryland
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41 attraction reviews
261 helpful votes 261 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Bonneville Lock & Dam, one of the tours offered on our Columbia River cruise, was ...eh. I did like learning about the fish ladders, and the fact that you could go underground and actually watch the fish going through the ladders. That was amazing. Otherwise, not so much. Interesting to see the teams of schoolkids on field trips there,... More 

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USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Getting to the visitor's center here is an adventure - you're on the premises of a working dam and powerhouse. The center houses a viewing facility of the fish ladder where salmon head upstream. The 45 minute Powerhouse Tour is informative and a good experience for the technology/engineering oriented. Staff here are friendly and knowledgeable.

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