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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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  • Average5%
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“visitor center” (48 reviews)
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Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
+1 541-374-8820
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

Try to get a full tour including the docent led turbines area of the dam. Fascinating information about how they produce electricity! Also fun to see the fish ladder and learn how they count the fish making it up the ladder - including what kind,...More

Thank Kathleen B
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Took the guided tour. The leader was very earnest and animated, but in the powerhouse you only get to stand on a platform and look out over the row of generators, that's it. You don't actually get to walk down or around anything. In other...More

1  Thank flipper314
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Loved visiting the Dam. Very informative and the kids enjoyed it young and old.. Guided tours are available also which was awesome

Thank Angelagail16
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I have not been here for several years, and I had brought busloads of eighth grade students in the 1990s. As we approached the checkpoint, I found myself explaining September 11 to my grandchildren. A notice says no backpacks, but I showed the contents of...More

Thank AnnKirby
Reviewed 8 April 2017

So my husband takes us to see Lock & Dam sites whenever we travel. This one was nice and we could get up close. They even have a tour, but we needed to eat lunch more than we needed to tour, unfortunately. (My husband is...More

Thank pitterpat000
Reviewed 27 March 2017

It was great to stop by the Bonneville Lock and Dam. Very cool to see the fish locks, even if there was only one fish. March is not salmon season and we knew that, but wanted to show the Dam and Locks to our teenager....More

Thank Lanamamaomaha
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I took a tour as part of my first visit to the Columbia Gorge today...fascinating visit - the weather was typical March weather, so the indoor portion was especially good today!

Thank RLAMyers
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Wandering up through the mountains, following our noses on a leisurely day of sight-seeing. Turned off here, and had the time of a lifetime! See the dam and locks! Fish ladder viewing! See HERMAN the Giant Sturgeon! An amazing visit!

Thank Leah P
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This is a great place to learn about the function of a hydroelctric dam. The Visitor Center was very interesting and also provided historical information about the area from before the Lewis and Clark expedition to the present. There are also displays and information about...More

1  Thank Peggy M
Reviewed 20 December 2016

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...More

Thank mr_hand
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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.