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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 2 days ago

They have free tours that I recommend everyone go through. We were there on a Sunday and the tours that day were at 11, 12 and 1. With the tour you are able to go over to the inside of the dam and see the...More

Thank ttollef
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Worth a stop up the gorge. The fish ladder is fun to watch. We saw eels stuck to the windows. We watched fish fighting the current. It is a fascinating thing none of us knew anything about beforehand.

Thank Troy M
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Bonneville Dam draws tourists to the control of the Columbia River and to the direction of salmon up the fish ladder. Nothing much to see but concrete.

Thank aphrab
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice grounds and facilities to take in the engineering magnificence of the Bonneville Dam and locks. All will enjoy the fish viewing area, but this time of year you'll see lots of Lampreys and that's about it. You will go through a security screening to...More

Thank Frederick G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My brother and Mom loved the dam, thought it was very interesting. To give a teenage girl perspective, I thought it was boring. I took a nice picture near the dam and we saw some cool fish. Other than that, unless you are interested in...More

Thank cozymeg
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitor center Increased our understanding of the many uses of the river. Free tour of the hydroelectric plant. Loved the underwater view of the fish ladders and the lady who is tasked with counting each fish, its size and type as it travels the...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Bonneville Dam is a great short side trip in the Columbia Gorge. It is humbling to see such a great civil engineering project from the past in our current era when we seem to be at a stalemate in tackling to big issues that...More

Thank JohnM562
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your on the CRG highway...check this out. There is a visitors center with some interesting info and places to view the dam and picnic if you like. Drive around and see the locks and all the things around them.

Thank Charlie J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent tourist site for families. The visitor center has 5 stories and excellent exhibits! ALL for free!!!!

Thank Potato E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great family friendly free place to visit. The kids were fascinated with the fish ladder and the ability to see them at the lower level The movies were helpful to learn what a great engineering feat it was to build the dam...More

Thank Jesse N
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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.
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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.