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Address: Columbia River. River Mile 191.5, The Dalles, OR
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Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: Board a brightly colored open-air train to view portions of the longest...
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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Eastern Idaho
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103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

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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Damascus, Oregon
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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The Dalles
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3 attraction reviews
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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62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 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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Port Angeles, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Interesting to see the old historic buildings around the dam. We saw the dam from a distance and the view was very pretty with the sunlight hitting the rushing water. The wind was quite gusty and we were told that it was always windy there so hold onto your hats!

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Shawnee, Kansas
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Very interesting stop! Putting a dam on a beautiful, wild river is an awesome task and some would say an atrocity, but people come first and it was necessary. The visitors center had some very good short films about the fish of the river and how the river changed so much of the environment for all wild life in the... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The gushing water as it comes out from the dam is relaxing, especially if you come from an area that does not have this amount of water moving down river. The dam is well lit at night and makes for interesting photos, if you are looking for something different.

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Shelton, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Stop if your going thru The Dalles. Awesome experince and make sure you get the experience going across the bridge

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I drove out to Dalles to visit the area. The day was beautiful and from the parking lot of the dam area I was able to take a picture of Mt. Hood. I enjoyed seeing the Dam. Although I was there on a Wednesday, and the visitor center is only open on the week-ends, I still enjoyed my visit. Its... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Tours are only on weekends, but TV of fish ladder in the dam is in the visitor's bureau. You can drive across the bridge to get a view of the locks for the boats.

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