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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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Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
+1 541-374-8820
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Having read so much about the destruction of the salmon due to dam construction on the river, I was dubious about this visit. But they've done a good job turning this into a federal facility and demonstration center. All vehicles are inspected on the way...More

Thank cfuller603
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This no charge attraction is well worth the visit.Small museum, movie auditorium, and a great view of fish coming through the fish ladders. Seeing the fish through the windows on the side of the ladders can be frustrating trying to figure out what's going on....More

1  Thank Keith R
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Easy trip from Portland Or and Vancouver, Washington. The fish hatchery is very educational as is the museum. Nice place for a picnic and an attractive gift shop

Thank Dudley H
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

This was the highlights during our stay at the Columbia George area. You will find water falls and vista of river everywhere, but this place is one of a kind you won't find anywhere else. There are several things to visit. You will see how...More

1  Thank Jiejie J
Reviewed 27 August 2016

The dam is very impressive and the displays in the information center are very informative. Be sure to get a guided tour of the dam to get even more information and to be able to enter the turbine room. This is very interesting. Considering that...More

Thank Illinois_John
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Always interested in how hydroelectric power works. This one is no different. There are periodic tours of the hydroelectric plant, so check visitor's center for times. Visitor Center is one of the best interpretive ones I have seen. There is a salmon ladder viewing area...More

Thank Joyce M
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Informative and interesting study of a working dam, including the history, the locks, water management, electric generation, and measures to protect the fish population. Something that city folk need to see to better appreciate the wonders and harnessing of nature to provide electric power for...More

Thank BCC3
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Bonneville dam is totally worth a visit while driving the scenic highway. Don't miss the fish windows on first floor. We took a pic of lamprey sticking with it ugly mouth to the window. The exhibits are also interesting. It's fun to look at the...More

Thank icecream79
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Great area to find out about the fish ladders, also the history of Bonneville dam. If you get the opportunity to go on the tour of the power house it is very informative

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Been here a few times. Elementary age kids found the theater videos boring, but loved the fish viewing area and also finding a couple geocaches close by.

Thank fourknees
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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|
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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.