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“Washington Side Way More Interesting...”

Bonneville Lock & Dam
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
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Owner description: Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Washington Side Way More Interesting...”
Reviewed February 23, 2010

We went to both the Washington Side and the Oregon Side. While the Oregon side has the hatchery (which is worth seeing), the Washington Side is MUCH better for touring the inner workings of the Dam itself. Built in the 1970's, this dam was set up much better for visitors. The Oregon side, built in 1936, is more historic, but you don't get to tour the inside. Wait til you see the inside of the Washington side dam, it's HUGE. They take you right up to the generators too.

We went on a nice day in February, and there were three people total on the tour. I'm told it's much busier in the summer. There's a very nice fish ladder exhibit as well.

Best of all -- IT"S FREE!

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Washington, D.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“Surprisingly worthwhile”
Reviewed September 12, 2009

On a whim, my wife and our two teenagers stopped here while on vacation and were shocked at how engaging this place is. We took a ranger guided tour, which taught the basics of how locks work, the principles of hydroelectric power, and how the dam came into existence. We greatly enjoyed the large underwater viewing windows of the fish ladder, where you can see huge salmon, trout, and other fish working their way upstream. (Outside, you can see the occasional fish jump up a stair of the ladder.) There is an interesting fish hatchery nearby, and the natural beauty surrounding the place is remarkable. A great stop!

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Carson City, NV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2009

Take the time to leave the highway and watch as the water cascades through the spillway into the Columbia River. Truly a breathtaking event. We were also fortunate enough to catch it when they opened one of the lockes and let a barge through and watched as a family of seals played in the rough water. One of the better sites I visited. Certainly at the top of the list of places that take your breathe away.

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Philadelphia P.A.
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Caviar Anyone?”
Reviewed March 28, 2009

Ones life cannot be complete without hitting up a fish hatchery. Honestly, I never appreciated the place until I got into caviar later in life.

The underwater viewing station features a tank with many gigantic sturgeon in it. Throughout the complex you pick up a lot of information.

Thank AlexandraPHL
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