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Bonneville Lock & Dam

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Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Phone Number: 541-374-8820

Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.

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Interesting View of the Dam and the Fish Ladder

The dam is very impressive and the displays in the information center are very informative. Be sure to get a guided tour of the dam to get even more information and to be able to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Dunedin, Florida
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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The dam is very impressive and the displays in the information center are very informative. Be sure to get a guided tour of the dam to get even more information and to be able to enter the turbine room. This is very interesting. Considering that the dam was built in the 1930s, it is pretty amazing what they accomplished with... More 

Thank Illinois_John
Western North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always interested in how hydroelectric power works. This one is no different. There are periodic tours of the hydroelectric plant, so check visitor's center for times. Visitor Center is one of the best interpretive ones I have seen. There is a salmon ladder viewing area with a guide giving educational talks. Awesome views of the Columbia River, too

Thank Joyce M
Northeast Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Informative and interesting study of a working dam, including the history, the locks, water management, electric generation, and measures to protect the fish population. Something that city folk need to see to better appreciate the wonders and harnessing of nature to provide electric power for the northwest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Bonneville dam is totally worth a visit while driving the scenic highway. Don't miss the fish windows on first floor. We took a pic of lamprey sticking with it ugly mouth to the window. The exhibits are also interesting. It's fun to look at the roaring waters too, and you can feel the spray.

Thank icecream79
Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great area to find out about the fish ladders, also the history of Bonneville dam. If you get the opportunity to go on the tour of the power house it is very informative

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here a few times. Elementary age kids found the theater videos boring, but loved the fish viewing area and also finding a couple geocaches close by.

Thank fourknees
Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on I-84 along the Columbia River is the Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery. You will lots of parking available in numerous lots. This is a great place to stretch your legs and learn something as well. Check out the fish in their outside pens. What was a nice plus is a lovely little gift shop with very friendly staff. A... More 

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Greencastle, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The viewing area on top of the building doesn't give as good of a view as the grounds do, but the fish ladder is really cool. The volunteers are very informative about the fish and their habits. Nice place to stop. No firearms allowed and they will check the back of your vehicle.

Thank Mandy S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with our 4 kids and they loved it. Feeding the large rainbow trout was obviously a big hit. We toured the entire grounds, very nice facility. We also got up close and personal with some large sturgeon at the viewing windows. The kids were amazed by those big guys. The salmon weren't in while we were there but I... More 

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Whittlesey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in here on drive from Boise to Portland. Lots of interesting things to see regarding how the Dam came about. Viewing Windows to see the salmon and the 'freaky looking' Pacific Lampreys. They have to be seen to believed, see my photos! It was good to see the force of the water in the slipway and the Chinook Salmon... More 

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