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

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Castle Rock, Washington
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Castle Rock, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 my cinch sack that had a kid's jacket. Staff explained the dams along the river,... More 

Thank AnnKirby
Gainesville, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 still sad about this.) The people there are just adorable. Our girls had to buy... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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. We saw Herman the sturgeon in his pond, that had a viewing window and that... More 

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Oneonta, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Bonham, Texas
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Redmond, Oregon
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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 the fish species that travel up the river to spawn. We stopped here in February... More 

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Dallas, TX
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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 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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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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Windsor, Canada
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Reviewed 16 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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