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Bonneville Lock & Dam

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Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
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+1 541-374-8820

Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.

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very educational, good stop for kids but not as good as the hatchery

You learn a lot about the dam and the lock here which was pretty cool. I enjoyed learning about how the lock system worked which was really impressive. You can see fish going... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Dallas, TX
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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You learn a lot about the dam and the lock here which was pretty cool. I enjoyed learning about how the lock system worked which was really impressive. You can see fish going through the lock but I think the hatchery is probably more fun for the kids (at least in November) as you see more fish at the hatchery.

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This is one of a number of hydro electric power stations along the Columbia Gorge but here an excellent tour guide made the whole experience memorable.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

If you've ever wondered what it is the US Army Core of Engineers does. This is it! They got a lot of flack for Katrina, but most of their work is sound and this attraction is cool and you can even have a picnic on site too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Bonneville Lock & Dam is very good place to take the family. They have the fish ladders when you can see the fish making the way up river, they swim right be the window. They have fish ponds where you can feed the fish, and learn about them too. Sturgeon pond, trout and Salmon.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

The Bonneville Dam has a great Visitor's Center with friendly and knowledgeable staff. The exhibit that shows how fish use the ladders to get upstream to spawn is fascinating! There are many hiking trails too but I did not have time on this visit to try any. Interesting stop for history buffs and nerdy science types :-)

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Be sure to take the guided tour. The physics and knowledge building this dam took--long before the age of sophisticated computers--is just absolutely astounding The fish ladder is interesting--especially if you've never seen one before. You could easily spend a couple of hours here--lots to read, see, and learn.

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Miami Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Just drove through, took a few pics. The water rushing trough the dam was very pretty and the grounds were very nice.

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Brandon, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Bonneville Dam and Locks was an interesting experience. There is a tour of the power plant. Call to find out the time. There are windows at the bottom of the facility where you can watch the fish swim through. Make sure to check out the fish hatchery right outside the gate.

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you want to see the inner-workings of a hydroelectric plant, this is the best one to see. It is small enough that it isn't very crowded and it is easy to walk through on the tour. The tour guide we had was very knowledgeable and fun to be with, too. You got to walk out on top of a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

An exciting place to visit. Go down in the lift and see the salmon. get to know the history of the locks. Very educational.

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