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Bonneville Lock & Dam

Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Dams
Description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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Sarasota, Florida
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123 reviews 123 reviews
23 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

You go to Vegas and find time to visit Hoover dam; you should visit Bonneville. It also was constructed as a New Deal project and has a lot of the cool Deco architectural touches. The tour was informative, and the guide did a good job balancing adult information with entertaining stories for the kids. Ever wondered how salmon navigate a... More

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West Orange, New Jersey
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The ranger-led tour here lasts about 40 minutes and is very informative. If you miss the timing, then do be sure to go inside and watch the fish navigate their way and gain some appreciation for the massive power of the Columbia River.

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Germantown, MD
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42 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

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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96 reviews 96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

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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109 reviews 109 reviews
57 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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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
14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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261 reviews 261 reviews
107 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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