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“Hoover dam with Fewer Tourists and More Salmon”

Bonneville Lock & Dam
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Owner description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
Sarasota, Florida
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Hoover dam with Fewer Tourists and More Salmon”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

You go to Vegas and find time to visit Hoover dam; you should visit Bonneville. It also was constructed as a New Deal project and has a lot of the cool Deco architectural touches. The tour was informative, and the guide did a good job balancing adult information with entertaining stories for the kids. Ever wondered how salmon navigate a ladder? Caveat: Because the dam is run by the Army Corps of Engineers, the description of efforts to help salmon is quite one-sided.

Visited June 2014
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West Orange, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Take the tour!”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

The ranger-led tour here lasts about 40 minutes and is very informative. If you miss the timing, then do be sure to go inside and watch the fish navigate their way and gain some appreciation for the massive power of the Columbia River.

Visited July 2014
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Germantown, MD
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“Fun to watch the fish jump the fish ladder, come through the counting area, and the fish hatchery”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

We didn't take the dam tour. We just had fun standing outside and watching the fish jump up the levels of the fish ladder or find themselves pushed down by the force of the water. Inside, you can see them swim through a narrow channel with lines on the windows where someone may be there counting the types of fish that come through. in Sept, several hundred thousand come through. The lampreys - blood sucking eel like fish are fasted to a window and you can see their teeth in their rounded mouth.

The person at the front desk is a volunteer and he or she would be glad to give you an overview about the dam and answer questions.

We drove to the fish hatchery and fed the trout (bring quarters for the fish food machine). No salmon were in the tanks in July. Make sure you go to the sturgeon area...there is a 70 year old fish that weighs a few hundred pounds there. It looked like the size of shark when it swam past the window. Also, there are higher vantage points where you can look into the water.

Visited July 2014
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Longmont, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Interesting view into our historic past”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

We stopped here because we like to see the power of water and it was along our 'route' for the day. We had no idea what to expect except that we knew it was a dam. We lucked into a ranger-led tour which is the only way to get into parts of this place. You will have your car searched briefly upon entry to the facility for security reasons, but it only took a few moments. Very informative and the history part showed how very brilliant and forward thinking President Franklin D Roosevelt was. The fish hatchery was very cool and I had never seen a lamprey before, now we can't stop talking about this weird creature! Put this one on your list of things to do, call ahead to find out when the ranger tour is starting so you can catch it. There are a few picnic tables too so you can have your picnic lunch there too.

Visited July 2014
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Plano, Texas
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“Beautiful Views & Neat to Visit”
Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

Husband and I went and visited the dam and fish hatchery yesterday. What beautiful views and gorgeous flowers to see there. We took the free tour, which they say takes 45 minutes, but it's more like 20; depends on how long you stay over there. It's a nice place to visit and learn some history and it's all free! We enjoyed our time at the dam and fish hatchery. Go on a nice day; it's beautiful there, if the weather is nice. We spent about 2 1/2 hours between the two places.

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