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Bonneville Lock & Dam

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Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
+1 541-374-8820
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was a great place to watch different fish. It was interesting to see different kinds of fish present around the dam. I heard that even sea lions swim up to this dam chasing salmon although I did not see them. This is a great...More

Thank Treebeard2005
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an education.........fascinating info about the salmon and sturgeon (named Herman) he looks so prehistoric. Here with family reunion - from ages 60-70 and we all walked away saying we had learned something. The views were stunning. We did feel sorry for the fish counter...More

Thank Mel L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here to see the dam and were surprised by the level of information available. Information covered the whole hydro system, the construction, how it works and the salmon and other fish migration.

Thank cannotenteraname
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Bonneville Dam was not really on our to do list. Our intention was to go to the falls, however the parking lot was full and the exit closed. The dam had an interesting visitors center and an underground fish viewing area where you can...More

Thank Sam A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here on recommendation from a park ranger as we were finding so many roads closed throughout the River Gorge area. We enjoyed our time here. It was nice to be inside on a hot day and there were many interesting exhibits and view...More

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there end of Aug. The Powerhouse was open to public to visit. Just rang the bell at the entrance. A ranger would open the door and you could see some exhisbits about the the Powerhouse.

Thank olt1892
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on our trip to Oregon. Interesting historical items. Saw fish ladder and osprey nest. Lots of educational information.

Thank Sherry S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family so enjoyed this place! There were 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 3 kids, 8,6, & 4. We had an amazing time watching all the fish and lampreys pass the windows where they are all actually counted by humans!! The people there were incredibly...More

Thank MarthaJ288
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really entertaining and educational experience for adults and children. Understanding what the dam and fish ladder do was very interesting. This is a must do for people visiting Portland. By the way the best viewing for a large amount of fish in...More

Thank Conrad J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a free tour with very knowledgeable and friendly volunteers. Even the gate guards are very friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit

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August 8, 2018|
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Response from jbinwa | Reviewed this property |
As a Washington resident it pains me to say Oregon has anything better than Washington, but I prefer the Oregon side because there is a wider variety of things to see (fish ponds with giant sturgeon and salmon just across... More
August 8, 2018|
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Response from MandLCarey | Reviewed this property |
We went to the Oregon visitor center, but it sounded like there was more opportunity at the Washington one. We were told you could tour on the Washington side. It is also newer. We drove back to Portland airport by way of... More
December 27, 2016|
Response from ThomasTCat | Reviewed this property |
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers operates and maintains the Bonneville Lock and Dam. The phone number for further information is 541-374-8442.