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Winchester Dam

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iamhere555 wrote a review May 2019
united states127 contributions62 helpful votes
If you're traveling on the I-5, it's worth the short detour to see the Winchester dam and fish ladder. It's a chance to stretch your legs and see something interesting. There is not a lot of signage; it's at exit 129 when going north. There's a small parking lot and a short path to the stairs leading to the fish ladder. Stairs are a bit steep so not recommended for those with mobility issues. There are signs with fish counts, images of fish to help identify what you see, an explanation of the fish ladder, and info on the local area. Inside the fish ladder are 3 or 4 windows--if no fish are inside, be patient. We waited a few minutes and a bunch of fish came through. We saw some salmon as well as other smaller fish. It's fun to see them swimming up stream. No services or bathrooms, but still a worthwhile stop to stretch your legs when traveling along the 5. Probably a 15 - 20 minute diversion.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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weekendwanderer19 wrote a review Apr 2018
tennessee95 contributions12 helpful votes
The fish ladder is where the salmon travel safely upstream to migrate. You have to take a short trail and go down, quite a few steps to get to it. The ladder is free viewing and interesting for all ages You do have yo watch for the signs off the road.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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JustGoForItPals wrote a review Jan 2017
Glide, Or34 contributions2 helpful votes
Anyone visiting here needs to go. Hard to imagine a "fish ladder" if you don't know, but we've been there when the viewing window is full of large salmon.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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John B wrote a review Oct 2016
Eugene, Oregon51 contributions19 helpful votes
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We happened to see the sign for the "Fish Viewing Area" as we were passing the exit. I did a quick Google and saw that it was a fish ladder. With the very good TripAdvisor reviews it convinced us to stop. It's a great learning experience for adults and kids. It's very well maintained although the fish counts are no longer being kept up to date do to budgetary cuts. The salmon were not running.. Wrong time of the season I guess? We did see a lot of very small fish swimming around. There are enough signs explaining what happens and it's easy to explain to the kids. I highly recommend stopping by if you have a few minutes, want to walk a little and have a curious mind.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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SoCalOregonian wrote a review Oct 2016
Murrieta, California9,190 contributions1,101 helpful votes
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The dam is located on old highway 99, north of Roseburg and accessed via exit 129 off I-5. There is a large parking lot. There are pathways that lead to the highway 99 bridge, for a nice overview of the dam, or down to the fish observation area. The pathway to the bridge is handicap accessible but the fish viewing area is down a stairway. There are many informational displays located around this area.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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