Columbia River Gorge – Bonneville Dam

Bonneville Lock & Dam

Bonneville Dam

Next time you are traveling through the Columbia River Gorge make sure you stop at Bonneville Dam. Visitors are able to view a working lock system, fish ladders both from above the water and below the water allowing you to watch fish swimming through the fish ladder.  We particularly enjoy watching the huge salmon swimming through the ladder and dreaming of catching one. The visitor center also provides viewpoints of the dam and Gorge suitable for photos.

You will find the dam 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon. The dam is operated and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  The main purposes of the dam built in 1938 are to produce hydroelectric power, fish and wildlife protection, recreation, and navigation.

While you are in the area make sure you visit Bonneville Fish Hatchery

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