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Bonneville Lock & Dam

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

We really enjoyed our afternoon here, it was both fun and educational. It was a nice break from all of the overcrowded waterfalls and extremely interesting. We also enjoyed the fish hatchery, it was worth stopping in and a nice quiet place to spend the...More

Thank Laurie912
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is interesting to see the fish ladder that was built for the fish to use to get over the dam. The displays are so interesting. In addition, the site has beautiful flowers. We always stop here when we go to the Columbia Gorge.

Thank Susie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't forget to see the movie, go up on the observation deck, and tour the power plant. The dam/locks operations were very interesting. We saw sea lions out in the water. The inside museum is interesting and it also has big windows for viewing the...More

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on our vacation to the Gorge. It's a beautiful location and it's interesting to see the salmon run. Worth some of your time if you are near the area. Great for kids.

Thank Yodatravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Less than an hour's drive from Portland, this active dam offers a fascinating slice of history. FDR authorized it in 1933 not only provide power to the NW, but to get men working during the Depression. Essentially, it employed 3000 during its four year construction....More

Thank mvidro
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful visit and tour with Caelan. Caelan was very knowledgeable about the dam and its history. If travelling the Columbia River Gorge, the Bonneville Lock, Dam and Power Plant is a must see. A small gift shop is on site. The visit...More

Thank Chuck52310
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped on a whim great choice took the tour rooted for the salmon as they went up the fish ladder. National Park. It was not crowded and very informative.

Thank Lanne428
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We liked the fish ladder where you can watch the fish, the short movie and the bird watching on the roof. Very informative!

1  Thank Stefan B
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I was surprised with security check at the gate, but that's only. We enjoyed viewing into the fish ladder, huge spillway and great view from the top of the visitor center.

Thank 342osamuy
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We stopped at the Bonneville Dam after doing the Waterfall drive on a late July Oregon vacation. We did a self-tour of the museum and the grounds (including the fish hatchery), the kids had fun with it but as an adult not all that interested...More

1  Thank Counterweight
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27 December 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.
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16 May 2015|
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Response from amcord | Reviewed this property |
Bonneville Dam has a fish count that is available online. This will help you keep track. I can't put the link here, but you can find it in the "Columbian" newspaper from Vancouver, WA.