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Address: Winchester, OR 97495
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Description: The Winchester Dam was built in November 1890 and is in the National...
The Winchester Dam was built in November 1890 and is in the National Register of Historical Places. Constructed from large timber cribs, the dam was originally built 4 feet high and in 1907 the dam was raised to sixteen feet. Winchester Dam provided water and electricity for the town of Roseburg until 1923.
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This dam has increased the beauty of the area. The fish ladder is state of the art. The new access and parking area is first rate.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2014
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Winston, Oregon
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oregon
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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a real neat quick stop just off I-5 it will only take a few minutes and is worth it, sometimes there are no fish but when you catch them running it is fantastic, This time nothing was running but we did see lizards on the steps on the way down and a big blue crane flew over the... More 

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Cardiff
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164 attraction reviews
280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This Historic place was built in the 1890's and is worth a short stop off exit 129 on the I-5 when traveling thru Oregon. It's easy to miss coming from the north as there is just a "fish viewing" sign on the left with a small parking lot (but room for RV's and big rigs) in view. It isn't until... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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175 reviews 175 reviews
27 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

What a great surprise! We came here in late May and the salmon were running. Tons of then viewable at the viewing area of the fish later. Great views of the dam from up above. Got to see a herring as well. Very steep stairs to and from the viewing area that could be a challenge for the elderly or... More 

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Winston, Oregon
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18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This dam has increased the beauty of the area. The fish ladder is state of the art. The new access and parking area is first rate.

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YPSILANTI
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Less than a mile off I-5, enjoy dry underwater fish viewing at the Winchester Dam. The fish counting windows on the fish ladder's upper ponds are open to the public year-round. The ladder is on the north side of the river, a short walk down from the paved parking lot. Unless you stand out in a river, you and the... More 

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Gearhart, Oregon
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173 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

A rather unspectacular dam. It does give you a relatively close look at the fish but the larger dams, like Bonneville, provide still better views. I agree that ospreys could add to the experience. And the point made that the fish aren't always there is important. It is a place for a quick stop with easy on and off.

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Sutherlin, Oregon
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17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is a hit-or-miss activity. When the salmon are running, its a really cool site. I've even seen ospreys working the area just below the dam, and they have a big nest in the trestle bridge nearby. Downside is that when the salmon are not running, it smells like a urinal in the viewing area, presumably because hooligans are using... More 

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Roseburg, Oregon
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67 reviews 67 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

What can I say. It's a dam. Pretty river, but certainly not a destination. The fish ladder which is part of it is very interesting, but lots of stairs to get there.

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Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Road construction right now so no accessible till probably September. Always a favorite with my kids when they were young....loved to view the fish up close in the fish viewing area

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Roseburg, Oregon
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

The north end of the dan has parking and stairs leading down to a fish ladder. Youy can watch the salmon make their way up the river, very cool stuff.

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