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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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Description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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Incredibly knowledgable ranger and great exhibits

I spent about 1 hour exploring the exhibits, the view point and the fish ladder. I had always heard of fish ladders but never visited a lock and this one was very interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I spent about 1 hour exploring the exhibits, the view point and the fish ladder. I had always heard of fish ladders but never visited a lock and this one was very interesting. The ranger who greeted me was very helpful. I also stopped at one of the parks on the way back out of the dam area and watched... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This place is a must see for people of all ages. Especially educational for kids. The staff, paid and volunteers, are friendly, helpful, and very well versed about the facility. Be sure to see all facets of the facility. The dam, locks, fish ladders, fish hatchery, etc.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Let me start off by saying that this area of Oregon is stunningly beautiful. I fell in love with the area. The visitor centers and restrooms were all very clean and the people who work in the visitor centers were exceptionally nice people. Having said that, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is authorized by NOAA to kill up... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Spillway was very dramatic! Looking at the fish ladders and the locks didn't particularly appeal to me. Skip the movie. It's basically showing how fast you can succomb when you fall in to cold water. They showed various people swimming after jumping in to cold water - and needing to be rescued.

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Centreville, Maryland, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The actual tour was OK, but the fish ladder was interesting. Go to the recreation area to get a good view below the dam. We saw quite a few sea lions in the water.

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Some great views and interesting insights into the local fishing industry. Saw several sea lions and watched the fish climb the fish ladder

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Interesting place, educational and informational. Stop just before the dam on the Washington side to take a great photo of the dam and all the gushing waters. Drive around and see it from all angles. You can also view it from the Oregon side.

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Cascade Locks, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A very interesting place to go to learn about hydro electricity and the migration of salmon. Be sure to go down stairs to the fish counter window. The counter ladies are very nice and well informed.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This was an interesting place to visit on the Columbia River. The fish ladders have underwater viewing windows so you can watch the migrating fish. Take the tour if you can. You get to hear the story and understand that the Army Corp of Engineers is concerned about migrating fish and you also get to go inside the generating building... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The dam is part of the National Parks Service. Admission is free and kids can become Junior Rangers. It is best to see the dam when the gates are open and you are able to see the water flow. They have the best volunteers that explain to you how the power station works and how/why the fish swim through there.... More 

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