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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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This is confusing because there are two visitor centers, one on the Oregon side and one on the Washington side. The tours offered at each are apparently different. We toured on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This is confusing because there are two visitor centers, one on the Oregon side and one on the Washington side. The tours offered at each are apparently different. We toured on the Washington side, which is where the GPS took us. The tour is free and our group had only 8 in it. Times offered were 10:30, 1:30, and 4:00.... More 

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Conyers, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We went here as part of a 5 stop tour group from our cruise ship. Our tour was of the power house, the lock, the fish ladder and the attached informational center. All in all this was a great tour.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We stopped here on a recommendation and very glad we did. It was a really cool tour of the fish hatchery and a view of giant sturgeon. Nestled amongst the drive on the Columbia River so it's a nice stop to get out and stretch and see where some of our food is grown.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Who knew? While traveling east from Portland, you can follow the Columbia River and see magnificent water falls. Stop at the Bonneville Dam, crated by the Army Corps of Engineers--hurry, too. Right now the Coho, Sockeye, and Shad are pushing up the fish ladders to spawn. You really need to look in the windows under the reception center to see... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed my three hour visit here. I took the (free) tour of the power house, which was very interesting. Our tour guide was excellent and explained the history of the dam and the river in general. He was more than eager to answer any questions. You can also see the fish ladders from the top and via glass... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were traveling along the Lewis and Clark route, hoping to see some of the original rapids. We came here to see a photo of what it was like before the dams. I wish they had more photos showing the area, but I was impressed with their exhibits about the construction of the dam and the preservation... More 

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Mililani
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We were in Oregon touring colleges for our oldest but wanted to see some of these areas. It's free which was great and our kids from 8-16 loved it. I love places like these where its educational and yet fascinating. Must see!! Fish ladder was great and don't miss the Fish Hatchery

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Grenoble - France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

One of the most impressive lock and dam in the world !! And a piece of history as it dates back to the great depression and F D Roosevelt. The power house is quite impressive with its 8 turbines and all the machinery. And the fish passage gives the opportunity to watch some big fishes passing by

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New City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I learned a lot about this dam, the locks and the "salmon ladders" they built (unsuccessfully) to try to get the salmon back to where they were born. That salmon ladder approach was a failure and doesn't work in reality. Then they had to go to the idea of making hatcheries where they seed and breed the salmon, but where... More 

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La Porte
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We stopped looking for a pit stop and ended up spending an hour or so roaming around this site. The spillway was an awesome site, the fish ladder with viewing through glass was the best, a volunteer was there telling about the different fish and there life cycle. They have tours of the generators but we had to move on.... More 

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Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Phone Number: 541-374-8820
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Cascade Locks

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