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Bonneville Lock & Dam

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Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Phone Number: 541-374-8820
Description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
Visit Bonneville Lock & Dam like an insider
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$105*
and up
Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

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Way cool. Honestly. The visitor center is free and worth a stop to take a tour of the dam, fish ladder and power station. There were very little salmon coming up the fish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Leominster
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Leominster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Way cool. Honestly. The visitor center is free and worth a stop to take a tour of the dam, fish ladder and power station. There were very little salmon coming up the fish ladder, but we were told it will increase dramatically over the coming weeks. Fish traffic will peak in August.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this place. Lots of information and lots to see. The fish hatchery was enjoyed by the children as was the fish viewing at the fish ladder

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My son and I enjoyed this very much. Wish there were more fish to see! I think if you come back in the summer months you can see more fish. Skip the tour. The park ranger was very knowledgeable but the actual dam was a bit boring. We stayed a bit to long looking at it.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

It's fun to walk around there and check out the displays. They have folks there that count the fish and the different varieties that come through the dam. I recommend going over to the Washington side of the dam and touring the facilities. You can see the turbines and inner workings of the dam

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Shelton, Washington
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We stopped on our road trip. At first, we were just looking to stretch our legs. We ended up learned a lot about the dam, as well as about salmon in the Columbia River. Definitely worth the stop.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Three reasons why you must take the time to visit the Bonneville Dam: 1) Fish counting ladies: in both of the fish ladder viewing areas on both sides of the river, there is a little room where fish counters, to my knowledge all of them adorable little old ladies, sit and stare out a window into the fish ladder and... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The Bonneville Dam visitor center on the Washington side of the river has a fish counter, great viewing area and comfortable seating to just hang out. Lots of history. The Power House has a viewing area for the generators and is easy to access with elevators, stairs and escalators. There is usually a Ranger or someone on duty when they... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This would be a great place to take kids to–especially when the fish are running through the underwater display. It's an interesting learning experience if you can survive the blast of heinous rainbow carpeting throughout.

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Cascade Locks, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The roar of the water thru the dam is so ajust awesome! the sturgeon and fish ponds are so cool to see them up close!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Had s great experience, lots of educational and fun things to see. Took s tour of the power house, the Ranger Ron was great. He made it a funny, educational and nice experience.

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