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Bonneville Lock & Dam

Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia...
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Dams, Outdoors
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Owner description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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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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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
29 helpful votes 29 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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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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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
254 helpful votes 254 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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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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Chicago, Illinois
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Living history that helped to transform a region is still quietly working – just like the best of the “Greatest Generation”. While one can visit during regular hours and view the fish ladders and exhibits, make every effort to attend when the facility has tours of the powerhouse scheduled. The Park Service Ranger that led our tour gave us a... More

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Valparaiso, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Becase we arrived at 10am and the Powerhouse tour didn't start until 11am, we started off with a tour of the Fish Hatchery. The self-guided walking tour was perfect and so interesting. Loved the underwater viewing station. The film shown at the egg processing building (which many tourists seem to miss) was very interesting. We spent about 40 minutes at... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We took a chance and am so thankful we did. The dam itself is so interesting BUT, we got to see the Salmon migration up close. Thats right!! Salmon migrating back to their original birth place to spawn all have to swim up the man made "fish Ladder" that allows Salmon the chance to continue as a specie. Whats better... More

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