Bonneville Lock & Dam
Bonneville Lock & Dam
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Spans the Columbia River and links Oregon and Washington.
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  • Katie Hall
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting exhibits
    We really enjoyed touring this dam and fish ladders. The exhibits were very interesting. I especially like the display on Lewis and Clark and their journey, it was also fun to see the fish trying to climb the ladder.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, California3,548 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative
    Highly informative. This is my first visit to an attraction managed by us army corps of engineers. The exhibition was informative and interactive. I could not see salmons flowing through the stream due to the muddy water condition, but my visit was worth it. Expect to spend about an hour if you are interested in knowing more about history and science.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Howard S
    Yardley, Pennsylvania338 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cruise ship excursion 1
    This is a small but well maintained dam. Good tour especially of powerhouse. Good to see a fish ladder. Movie is old and uninteresting. Nice gift shop. Very informative staff.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 September 2023
  • SoundStorm
    Munich, Germany106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bigfoot found & now in Munich Germany
    A visit to the site, like others have said, is worth the effort, especially during the salmon run season. Another unexpected pleasure was to find Bigfoot in the shop store! Not the everyday run of the mill Bigfoot, but a cool Bobble Head Bigfoot. Now my Bigfoot has been seen in Munich Germany. Where has your Bigfoot been seen?
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
  • WDCUeberau
    Phoenix, Arizona70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well 'thought out' - knowledgeable friendly rangers
    Very interesting, well thought-out explanation of hydro power dam and fish ladder facility. Movie and history of area including dam system and environmental concerns well done. The rangers on duty were friendly and enjoyed sharing their knowledge; very personable. Would recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Lynette51
    Santa Barbara, California1,826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check out the fish counter!
    This a very cool dam to visit. Not too sure of what to expect we stopped in. Upon entering we were given information on how it operates and the fish ladders for the fish to go thru. They explained that there is a live person who sits in a room and counts the number and species of fish that go thru the ladders everyday. And it's amazing the number. Very cool
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2024
  • Alice D
    77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Much to Offer
    This stop has so much to offer - viewing windows of migrating fish, a visitor area inside the dam, a multi-story visitor center with an observation area on the top floor and access to 2 small islands in the Columbia River. We did not visit the Lock because we arrived before the visitor access opened for the season. The staff and volunteers there were very informative and friendly. The dam itself and spillway are amazing.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 May 2024
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Alice D
77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This stop has so much to offer - viewing windows of migrating fish, a visitor area inside the dam, a multi-story visitor center with an observation area on the top floor and access to 2 small islands in the Columbia River. We did not visit the Lock because we arrived before the visitor access opened for the season. The staff and volunteers there were very informative and friendly. The dam itself and spillway are amazing.
Written 22 May 2024
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Lynette51
Santa Barbara, CA1,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This a very cool dam to visit. Not too sure of what to expect we stopped in. Upon entering we were given information on how it operates and the fish ladders for the fish to go thru. They explained that there is a live person who sits in a room and counts the number and species of fish that go thru the ladders everyday. And it's amazing the number. Very cool
Written 14 May 2024
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WDCUeberau
Phoenix, AZ70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Very interesting, well thought-out explanation of hydro power dam and fish ladder facility. Movie and history of area including dam system and environmental concerns well done. The rangers on duty were friendly and enjoyed sharing their knowledge; very personable. Would recommend.
Written 10 October 2023
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SoundStorm
Munich, Germany106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A visit to the site, like others have said, is worth the effort, especially during the salmon run season. Another unexpected pleasure was to find Bigfoot in the shop store! Not the everyday run of the mill Bigfoot, but a cool Bobble Head Bigfoot. Now my Bigfoot has been seen in Munich Germany. Where has your Bigfoot been seen?
Written 10 October 2023
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James c
Oklahoma City, OK381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This dam and power plant was a cool stop on the river gorge drive. The best part is viewing the fish ladders, I have always wanted to see salmon spawning, there are 5 floors that have different educational info, plus a view deck of the entire area with views of dam and of course you can also see the retired machinery that was used prior to updating. There is a fish hatchery on the other side , which is run by oregon wildlife department as this place is run separately by the US army .The hatchery is where you can see tons of salmon and leap out of the water!
Written 25 September 2023
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Howard S
Yardley, PA338 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is a small but well maintained dam. Good tour especially of powerhouse. Good to see a fish ladder. Movie is old and uninteresting. Nice gift shop. Very informative staff.
Written 17 September 2023
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Highly informative. This is my first visit to an attraction managed by us army corps of engineers. The exhibition was informative and interactive. I could not see salmons flowing through the stream due to the muddy water condition, but my visit was worth it. Expect to spend about an hour if you are interested in knowing more about history and science.
Written 29 August 2023
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SMF-Collegeville
Batesville, IN205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is a large hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River. It has interesting exhibits on electricity (especially hydroelectricity), area information (including about the Native people and Lewis and Clark), and windows into the fish ladders.
We always hear about salmon using fish ladders - but lampreys also make the same sort of migration. And we were in lamprey migration season rather than salmon migration season. I never imagined seeing so many lampreys in one place.
Written 19 August 2023
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Katie Hall
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed touring this dam and fish ladders. The exhibits were very interesting. I especially like the display on Lewis and Clark and their journey, it was also fun to see the fish trying to climb the ladder.
Written 13 August 2023
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marriott946
London, UK820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We were passing so we stopped and it was well worth the stop.

An Army Engineer Corp project which achieved its objective.

The fish ladder is brilliant and we saw lots of fish via the windows and outside on the actual "ladders"
Written 9 June 2023
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