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Address: Columbia River. River Mile 191.5, The Dalles, OR
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Board a brightly colored open-air train to view portions of the longest dam...

Board a brightly colored open-air train to view portions of the longest dam in the United States, and then watch, via closed circuit TV, live images of fish using the fish ladder.

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We went to the visitor center and found that it is closed from Labor Day opening on Memorial Day. During open days there are tours of the dam and many interesting displays at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2015
MCEBY
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Canandaigua, New York

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Canandaigua, New York
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141 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We went to the visitor center and found that it is closed from Labor Day opening on Memorial Day. During open days there are tours of the dam and many interesting displays at the Visitor's Center. Check their website or visitor information for days of operations. There is a great view of the dam from the Visitor Center parking lot.... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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182 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Ruining the Environment , one of 9 dams on the Columbia river this year was especially bad for the fish , with sparse rain fall and very little snow pack the river was at the lowest level I ever have seen in 3 years , the fish were dying because of the excessive heat and most fishing was shut down... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Nice view of the Mt. Hood and pretty cool seeing the water come out of the dam. There also is a little park.

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Thank John F
Whitewater
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

The free dam tour took about an hour and was very educational. Took an open air tram to get closer and to go inside the working part of the facilities. Tour guide's name was Amber T. Who was very good at explaining how the generators and fish ladders work. Lots of visual displays. Toured the generator room and from the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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116 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The Columbia is a famous river system indeed so we took the opportunity to explore this dam and explore how it fits into the overall. Interesting indeed.

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Thank Chris R
Mashpee, Massachusetts
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The Visitors Center is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. It is staffed by a very knowledgeable woman who explained the dam, the electric generation, and especially the fish ladders, and counting system.

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Thank JohnP13147
Eastern Idaho
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104 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Cool place to see the power of the Colombia River! They have a nice visitors center with knowledgable staff who are happy to answer questions. I especially liked watching the fish in the fish ladder!

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Thank easternidahotraveler
Damascus, Oregon
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

we were in and out in about 20 minutes. they have a live video stream of the fish ladder but there was no fish activity! brief history on dam was shown on a 7 minute video. best part was walking down to the rivers edge to see the damn up close.

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Thank Lance M
The Dalles
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We took out of state family on the Dalles Dam tour.....It was quite interesting to watch the fish in the "window", and ladders, but most of us really appreciated the below dam tour....very interesting and a lot to learn!

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Charleston,SC
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184 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I expected something a bit more impressive given all the build-up. I wasn't expecting the Grand Coulee, but still. Not worth going out of your way for.

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