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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Shawnee, Kansas
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Duarte, California
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166 reviews 166 reviews
134 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Yes these human made made invention serve us providing electricity but of what cost to the million of spawning fish that use this vast river to reach their spawning grounds and in some cases like the salmon don't even exist anymore and are caught slit open and released of their eggs and then the males are milked for their sperm... More 

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Shawnee, Kansas
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5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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2,418 reviews 2,418 reviews
1,495 attraction reviews
1,372 helpful votes 1,372 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Jerome
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Traveling from Southern Idaho to the northern part of Washington State, we chose to take interstate through Northern Oregon and visit places along the way. We chose to make the Dalles Dam (& visitor center) our first stop. We arrived just as they were opening the doors (9am) so we had a quiet visit. More people started arriving about 9:30am.... More 

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Jacksonville, fl
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We enjoyed seeing the fish ladder and watching the fish jumping and swimming around. The below the damm visit was educational

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Interesting educational experience for all. We had a family of 6 with two teenagers and 2 small children. All liked the dam tour. The tour times are 10am and 2pm which is different than the website. They have a free open cart shuttle that transports to the dam. The tour for this dam didn't descend 7 stories down like other... More 

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Wash
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Beautiful back drop off the bridge. But as with most dams, do not have tours anymore. Can see some old fishing grounds along the bank

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