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- This was a hidden stop for us, we saw a sign for it & were curious about what it was, so we decided to stop. We are glad that we did. There was information about the dam, & locks, & how the fish migrate. There are viewing areas so that you can watch the fish. Overall it was a very informative stop, and I would highly suggest it.Written 7 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This was literally my favorite thing I did on my trip to Portland. We wandered here on our way to Bridge of the Gods. So so neat to see all the holding ponds of baby rainbow trout and sturgeon along with the adult full sized ones. There is a viewing area with a window to view under neath the water in the large pond. It was fascinating to see these HUGE sturgeon and rainbow trout just lazily swimming around. Lots of interesting facts to read about and a super neat gift shop too :)Written 1 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Speed limit is 15 MPH, and when driving across the first time I was ready for the bridge to give way and plummet into the river below. I guess I was expecting something different but it's perfectly safe. Gotta pay the $2 toll both ways but no better way to get across the Columbia.Written 21 November 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Great place.
Really interesting. i knew nothing about the sturgeon before I came here and suddenly knew heaps. Big trout tooWritten 3 July 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is a short hike, but absolutely amazing. The hike is through the water, so bring proper attire. There is a large log jam, which means a long line to get started, but you can go around the jam and under water to bypass.Written 6 January 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We stopped in for a couple of their own brewed IPAs before continuing on to Hood River. One of the river front old port buildings has been converted to the brewery with good seating inside and out. A nice combination of locals and visitors there. Ample parking. We were there mid-afternoon, but I can imagine the place really hops during happy hour and for dinner. Food looked good. Good signage from the highway to the brewery. Lots of young ones enjoying the setting and place.Written 4 October 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The highlights of this hike were seeing the scorched trees that had survived a fire a year or two ago, and doing fine now. The trail has some roots, rocks, and mild elevation gain/descent. I did fine without poles, though, and I have a low threshold for using those. The creek was indeed mostly dry, and the waterfall was little more than a high spurt, which is to be expected for Labor Day weekend. Traffic was delightedly low.Written 3 September 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This falls is truly a hidden gem ... we were there on a Tuesday afternoon, and while we know it was a weekday, we still can't believe no one else was there! Get yourself to Horsetail Falls (super easy to find and park at via Google) and to the left of the falls is a trail marked "falls trail." This trail is just under a mile long and I would call it moderately steep going up (which was a little shocking since All Trails marked it "easy."). Our 11 and 13 YO dudes made the climb easily, but with littles you might need to help or carry them. That said, IT IS WORTH IT. It has stunning views of the Columbia River/Gorge and once you get to Ponytail Falls you'll think you were on a movie set. It's truly one of the most magical things ever. The dudes loved walking behind and climbing down to the waterfall. It made for a really, really special moment.Written 21 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Beautiful views and heights while hiking. It was all uphill in the first 2 miles. We stopped Lower Punchbowl Falls and headed back after a quick dip in the water to cool down. We had our furbabies so 2 miles one way is it on a hot day.Written 16 August 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We parked in the main lot and started with Starvation creek falls, then Cabin creek falls and the man made gorgeous Hole in the wall falls.
These are all wonderful gorge waterfalls.
It was a Nice easy trail to see all 3 of these waterfalls.
There was a little ice still at starvation creek falls and a huge chunk fell off whilst we were there, made this insane noise when it crashed below, pretty exciting.
Nature is always exciting.Written 7 July 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Went to all of the falls along the route and Elowah Falls is by far the best. Surprised that only a few people were there. Went to Multnomah Falls earlier and it was PACKED with people. This waterfall is an up-close experience. So amazing!Written 8 July 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- It’s a very interesting stop if you like this type of thing. You can go up to the visitor center after passing through security. No firearms and no drones allowed! And yes they will check your car. It’s free and it’s fun for kids you can see the fish Channel view underwater and take a walk along the electrical set up. Very interesting they have short videos that you can watch that explains the how’s and whys and even the timeline. Again this event is free and very interesting I would think for middle school children especially those interested in water technology, and science.Written 13 October 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We didn't make the whole loop but walked for 3 waterfalls: Starvation Creek Falls (just 5 minutes of the partking lot), then going West on Starvation Ridge Trail # 414 to see Cabin Creek Falls and continue our walk toward Hole in the Wall Falls. All 3 are wonderful to see and experience to photograph. There are restrooms by the parking lot at Starvation Creek Falls and picnic table with bances at the Hole in the Fall Falls. The trail is shady, nicely paved and pleasant to walk. It took us about 1 hr 15 minutes to see all of them without hurry!Written 2 May 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This campground was situated perfectly for our Hood River/The Dalles/Cascade Locks visit. It's small, yet sites aren't too close to each other. The river and train tracks are on one side and Interstate 84 is on the other.
Yes. It's quite loud all night long with semi trucks buzzing by on the freeway and noisy trains with horns on the other side. I used noise-cancelling earbuds and we were able to sleep (my husband grew up in boarding homes and can sleep through anything!)
It was our first trip with a 1964 Winnebago we're restoring. First time towing it and the site I selected was A26 because it was the ADA (disabled) site. Extremely difficult angle for backing in a trailer! My husband hasn't backed up a trailer in 20 years and this angle was really difficult. The ranger told him they often block off the road to allow those who stay in A26 to drive in the opposite direction to park their rig because of the angle. Wish we'd known THAT ahead of time.
Also, I chose that site because I'm handicapped and I'm thinking it would be closest to restrooms, no steps, bathroom facilities that will be helpful to me.
Yet there were no ADA toilets or showers... what? I mentioned this to the ranger when I saw her and she said there was an ADA stall (with a shower, toilet, bench & sink), but it's on the other side of the building and was being kept locked because the shower was broken. She readily unlocked it so I could at least use that toilet. Grateful for that. But showering remained problematic. There were closer camping spaces to the restroom than A26 (at least it seemed to me) and the paved walkway from our space was extremely uneven because of tree roots. EXTREMELY uneven... hard to walk on with canes or roll across with a wheelchair or motorized scooter.
That aside, the camping area has a beautiful canopy of trees and even though it was hot one of the nights, we stayed cool because of this and the nice breeze from the river.
Easy reservation system online. Nice price ($24 per night). Nice rangers.Written 10 September 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Nice hike for all. It is a hike. The fall is not right off the road like others in area but very pretty and much worth it.Written 22 August 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cascade Locks
- The best day trips from Cascade Locks according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
- The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls
- Half Day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour
- Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour - Full Day
- Private Tour at The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls
- The most popular things to do in Cascade Locks with children according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Bonneville Hatchery
- Bonneville Lock & Dam
- Sturgeon Viewing Pond and Interpretive Center
- Bridge of the Gods
- Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Dining & Sightseeing Cruises