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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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SF Bay Area
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133 reviews 133 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

loved this place and i'm so glad that we stopped. we've seen several dams, but each one is different and has something special to offer. we happened along at the right time and saw a catamaran go thru the locks, the water going over the damn is always a sight to behold. the grounds are pretty with many historical artifacts... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We arrived early and walked around before the center opened. Interesting items on the outside but the fun is on the inside. My grand daughter and I used the computer "game" learning program to learn the life cycle of a salmon. Inside, downstairs, we watched the salmon traveling upstream through the glass. There were other creatures sucking on the glass.... More

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lake villa, il
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I could sit and watch this all day! You can go downstairs and see the fish underwater and also watch them climb the fish ladders. You dont have to pay to have fun here!

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Port Orchard, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The visitors center has a nice display of how the dam works. Make sure you go down and view the fish ladder. They have several viewing windows to look at the fish under water and then you can also see the ladder outside from the top.

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This stop was not initially on our agenda, but we're glad we went. It has some spectacular views, and a great historic look at early hydro-electric generation with Salmon conservation. You will see the Salmon actually running here, and a creature out of a horror story called the Pacific Lamprey. It's a nice stop and worth the trip. Free too!

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L.A.
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22 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

You can see the dam, visit the locks and view fish in the fish ladder traveling upstream from a room under the water level. We saw some BIG Steelheads. Nice grounds and restroom make this a good lunch/picnic/rest stop. Free and lots of parking.

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Ashburn, VA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stopped here to check out the fish ladder and I am so glad we did. This place is free, although a ranger will check your car as you enter. I guess they are making sure you don't have explosives. We walked around inside and found the fish counting area. There weren't a lot of fish swimming by, but there... More

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Long Island, NY
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23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stopped here while touring the Columbia River Gorge area. It was interesting and informative and in a beautiful location. The fish ladder for the salmon was fun to watch from the windows inside and also from above. Worth a visit.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have to admit that in planning a week long hiking trip in Oregon, we didn't plan to stop at the Dam. During our stay at Hood River, our raft guide mentioned the fish ladder and we decided to stop on our way back to Portland. I thought it would be a quick stop. But it was very impressive. We... More

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Los Angeles, California
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207 reviews 207 reviews
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We visited both the Washington and Oregon sides of the dam. The Oregon side had the locks, which were amazing. Only wish we could have seen a vessel navigate them. I could really appreciate the work that must have gone into building the dam, the locks, the fish ladders ... amazing feat!

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