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Water Power!

We had a fantastic view of this dam from our hillside perch at the Celilo Inn. The power and... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Lakewood Pierce County, Washington
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Good visitor centre

It's worth stopping at the visitor centre if you're travelling down the Columbia River. An... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
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Board a brightly colored open-air train to view portions of the longest dam in the United States, and then watch, via closed circuit TV, live images of fish using the fish ladder.
Columbia River. River Mile 191.5, The Dalles, OR
+1 541-506-7819
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

This is very interesting to see. The large dam the stretches across the Columbia river and the bridge in front. You will see blue heron, cormorants, seagulls and other birds on the shores and rock places. Nice wide open parking lot.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We had a fantastic view of this dam from our hillside perch at the Celilo Inn. The power and magnitude of the structure is something to behold. As one who benefits from the cheap electricity generated by this dam, I am most grateful. I’m thankful...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

This was so interesting, for adults and children. It's free to get in to the visitors center, the grounds are lovely.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

Excellent place to learn about salmon. The tour shows the ladders for the salmon. You get to observe how the salmon are rated.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Nada W
Reviewed 7 August 2018

It's worth stopping at the visitor centre if you're travelling down the Columbia River. An informative film provides a history of both the river and dam. There are also boards describing the other dams along the Columbia & Snake Rivers, how they are kept navigable...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LichfieldBoy
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Just a Dam, nothing more or less, take a couple of minutes, you saw it, now move on. You could watch the water running from it, take pictures, but really nothing to it, look at it, spent a minute or two and move on.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 767kenai
Reviewed 28 May 2018

This dam and locks were very impressive. We stayed on the Oregon side but you get a great view of the bridge that takes you to the Washington side of the Columbia River. Unfortunately they were not giving tours when we were there. Would have...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Judy H
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Strong water flowing from the Dam, beautiful surrounding area, the river very calm down a way with a long train running by, gave a very nice scenery.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank mya93080
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Observed from the roadside.It is very impressive Dam and glad we stopped on our way through the area.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ladyme1
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We stopped here on out way out of the Dalles and were glad we did. The view of the Dam was impressive and the interpretive center was interesting.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Barbara S
6 July 2017|
Response from Kevin N | Reviewed this property |
Yes and only on the weekends. Call the visitor's center