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Bonneville Lock & Dam

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Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Phone Number: 541-374-8820
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Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.

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Interesting tour of dam. Short talk about the history and building of the dam and how it produces energy, followed by short walk to pump stations. Beautiful views of River... read more

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Flower Mound, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Interesting tour of dam. Short talk about the history and building of the dam and how it produces energy, followed by short walk to pump stations. Beautiful views of River , you're out in the middle of it after all.

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Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We found the Bonneville Lock and Dam quite interesting with the self-guided tour. The fish going up the fish ladders was fun to watch.

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Merrimac, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visiting the dam and locks was very fun. It was fun to go down to the bottom floor and watch the fish on the fish ladder. There was a lot of very helpful information to look at.

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Whitefish, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Plan to spend at least an hour and try to take the guided tour to the power house. There were only 3 tours the day we were there. Definitely view the fish ladder both from below and from the top floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great place to take children of all ages. Learn the history of the dam, visit the fish ladder and see the turbines. Interactive area upstairs is very neat and see the outside fish ladder. Don't forget to bring the camera!

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Crystal Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must-visit! The dam, fish ladders, history...all of it is fascinating. The staff are wonderful, helpful and friendly. An absolute must visit, allow at least a couple of hours.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The kids always enjoy feeding the fish at the hatchery! A gorgeous walk with beautiful buildings and rose garden. The interpretive center is wonderful and it's fun to see the sturgeon at the viewing area. It's like a nice little museum but totally free!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth visiting, whether you have 30 minutes or several hours to spend. Great views, informative tours and interesting fish ladder viewing areas.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good to see what president FD Roosevelt started to get the US out of the depression and start building the dam. I was impressed by it and the workers build the total construction in 4 years. Super to visit when you're in the neighborhood

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Allentown, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled upon the Lock and Dam while exploring the Columbia Gorge. Who knew you could visit a power plant? It was very interesting, loved to see the fish in the underwater passages going up the river. So glad we stopped.

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