A must-do when you visit the Columbia River Gorge is to stop at Bonneville Dam and the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Picnicking, camping, boating, swimming and hiking are the most popular activities at Bonneville Reservoir. This lake is managed by The Army Corps of Engineers.
Please note: Security measures which close areas or restrict access are subject to change on a daily basis. Closures or restrictions may apply to visitor facilities, fishing access areas, roadways and scheduled tours. Please call 541-374-8820 or 541-374-8344 (OR) 509-427-4281 (WA) to determine current public accessibility.
Visitors can experience firsthand the operation of two of the Nation’s largest hydroelectric powerhouses and watch migrating fish traveling upstream at the underwater viewing rooms next to the fish ladders. Bonneville Lock and Dam has three recreation areas, a fishing area, fish hatchery, trails and a visitor center.
There is no charge to visit the dam Visitors Center or the Fish Hatchery. If you are lucky, the locks viewing area (accessible on the Oregon side) will be open and you can see barges and boats pass through the locks. Ask at the security post.
When you visit the Fish Hatchery you will enjoy the gardens and vintage buildings. Don’t forget to stop by and see the huge “Herman the Sturgeon” in his pond. There is a gift shop on the premises with some nice Gorge souvenirs.
The dam and hatchery are located in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. From Portland, OR, 40 miles E on I-84. From Vancouver, WA, 40 miles E on WA 14.