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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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Surprisingly interesting stop here. Neat stuff to see including the salmon ladder area where the salmon bypass the dam.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 August 2016
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Both the lock & dam and the fish hatchery are great stops along the Columbia River Gorge. It's a credit to those who knew that by harnessing all the power of the water, it would provide much needed electricity to surrounding areas. They are also careful to protect the wildlife in the water. It was very interesting to know that... More 

Thank Trave2leverywhere
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Surprisingly interesting stop here. Neat stuff to see including the salmon ladder area where the salmon bypass the dam.

Thank Brian G
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Big dam with some dramatic water flow and lots of educational material at the Army Corps of Engineers center. It's worth a stroll around the grounds and the bathrooms are clean and free.

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orange county
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This is an interesting, quick, free attraction to view as you explore the waterfalls along Hwy 84. We stopped for about an hour to kill a little time before checking into our nearby hotel. Walked around the pretty grounds, admired the powerful Columbia River, watched salmon climbing the fish ladder and checked out the gift shop. It all made for... More 

Thank ragsdad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Completely free! Great option for family. Some walking. Cool fish ladder. Good lesson in hydroelectric energy and dams in general.

Thank JooleySchmooze
Flower Mound, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Interesting tour of dam. Short talk about the history and building of the dam and how it produces energy, followed by short walk to pump stations. Beautiful views of River , you're out in the middle of it after all.

Thank texasnana3
Arkansas City, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

We found the Bonneville Lock and Dam quite interesting with the self-guided tour. The fish going up the fish ladders was fun to watch.

Thank nursemanager9
Merrimac, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Visiting the dam and locks was very fun. It was fun to go down to the bottom floor and watch the fish on the fish ladder. There was a lot of very helpful information to look at.

Thank julia_fisher
Whitefish, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Plan to spend at least an hour and try to take the guided tour to the power house. There were only 3 tours the day we were there. Definitely view the fish ladder both from below and from the top floor.

Thank soloman9993
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

What a great place to take children of all ages. Learn the history of the dam, visit the fish ladder and see the turbines. Interactive area upstairs is very neat and see the outside fish ladder. Don't forget to bring the camera!

Thank kirstin J

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