Bonneville Lock And Dam

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Bonneville Lock And Dam

Oregon

(541) 374-8442

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Overview

Located in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, Bonneville Lock and Dam spans the Columbia and links the two states. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates and maintains Bonneville Lock and Dam for hydropower production, fish and wildlife protection, recreation and navigation. Since 1938, Bonneville Dam has supplied the region with inexpensive electrical power. Visitors can experience first-hand the operation of two hydroelectric powerhouses and watch migrating fish traveling upstream at the underwater viewing rooms next to the fish ladders. Boat The Corps maintains a visitor center at Bradford Island, as well as a visitor complex on the Washington Shore. A fishing area is also maintained on Bradford Island, and several trails and recreation areas are maintained by the Corps in the area around the Bonneville Lock and Dam. In addition, the Pacific Crest Trail passes near the Bonneville Lock and Dam and is accessible for horseback riders.

Map of Bonneville Lock & Dam

Latitude, Longitude: 45.645008, -121.940689

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat ramps are available at the Hamilton Island Recreation Area near the lock and dam.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling along the Dam Access Road at Bonneville Lock and Dam Washington shore will afford you many exceptional sites! Start at the visitor center and head west. View the second Powerhouse constructed in the 1970s. Continue west and see the Fort Cascades historic site, the juvenile fish bypass, and great views of Beacon Rock. The access road ends at the trailhead for the Hamilton Island hiking trail.

  • Camping

    Camping is available at the nearby Home Valley Park.

  • Fishing

    A fishing area is maintained on Bradford Island.

  • Hiking

    Bass Lake is a small wildlife area in Washington, just north of Bonneville Dam. This short trail (less than a half-mile) next to the lake leads to a bird-watching area where you may see a variety of birds and mammals coming to the lake for a drink. Fort Cascades has a self-guided path through the former fort and town-site area. The 1.5 mile trail has views of a petroglyph replica.

    The Hamilton Island trail is approximately 2.5 miles long and located just west of Bonneville Dam. This trail offers wildlife viewing past open meadows, a pond and blackberry bushes. Beautiful vistas and views of Beacon Rock and the Cascade Mountain range provide excellent photographs.

    Nearby Wahclella Falls is part of Tanner Creek, and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The trail is shady and cool on a hot day with a beautiful creek full of colorful rocks and boulders. Rock walls on either side share space with lichens, moss, and fern. It is approximately one mile to the waterfall from the parking lot and the trail is a loop trail.

  • Historic Sites

    Visitors can experience first-hand the operation of two hydroelectric powerhouses and watch migrating fish traveling upstream at the underwater viewing rooms next to the fish ladders. Bonneville Lock and Dam park rangers have also developed 4 cache sites at that will share information about the history of the dam, salmon passage at the dam, and water safety.

  • Hunting

    Call the area for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Four picnic areas and several group picnic shelters are maintained around the lock and dam.

  • Water Sports

    A swimming beach is available at the nearby Home Valley Park.

  • Winter Sports

    Call the area for seasonal information.

Directions

Driving

From Portland, OR, drive 40 miles east on I-84. From Vancouver, WA, drive 40 miles east on WA 14.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 374-8442

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