We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bonneville Lock & Dam

Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
+1 541-374-8820
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
More Info
and up
Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland
More Info
and up
Portland Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley and Columbia River Gorge Tour
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good34%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“fish ladder” (113 reviews)
“power plant” (28 reviews)
Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
+1 541-374-8820
Write a Review
Reviews (414)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 414 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent some time at the visitor center. There is a safety inspection before you drive into the visitor center. We first visited the locks visitor center. This is where the boats go through locks to go past the dam to continue on their cruise...More

Thank mini
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's amazing to be able to see what's involved with the design and engineering of building a dam and locks. Just look at the big turbine! Even more amazing that you can see the ladders that the fish use and find out that people used...More

Thank PrisMiko
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss Herman the 70-year-old Sturgeon! Huge. The dam has an excellent learning center and a window view of a working fish ladder. The fish hatchery for salmon, trout and sturgeon is not only really well done from and educational standpoint it is on lovely...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see the working dam and power plant that is bonneville. Great visitor center with knowledgeable people awaiting any questions. The fish ladders were also a great place to be informed and amazed. Nice little gift shop with interesting things to purchase.

Thank Curt H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

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 9 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 7 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 26 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
Nearby Restaurants
Beacon Rock Clubhouse Grill
8 reviews
3.24 km away
339 reviews
4.23 km away
Pacific Crest Dining Room
43 reviews
1.99 km away
Thunder Island Brewing Co
102 reviews
4.45 km away
Nearby Attractions
Beacon Rock
70 reviews
1.90 km away
Skamania Lodge Zip Line Tour
429 reviews
5.82 km away
Beacon Rock State Park
45 reviews
5.74 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Who is the current park ranger. For 2016. Thankyou
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.
ger w
Hi We are coming over to Oregon from the UK this fall.probably late August or September,which of these months would be the best for seeing the salmon move? We love your country and its people and have visited many times,looking forward to visiting again. Ger 78910
16 May 2015|
Answer Show all 7 answers
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.