Just east of Fort Cascades is the Washington entrance to the Bonneville Dam Washington Shore Visitors Center. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This complex offers an easily accessible view of the second powerhouse. There is an area 85 feet above the powerhouse floor where you can view the generators. Guided tours are offered daily. Inside the fish-viewing building and adjacent Visitor Orientation building are exhibits on the history of fish in the area and how the hydropower plant works. (No charge)
Please note that there is a larger complex and fish hatchery on the Oregon side.
Between October and May please call the visitor center to check on tour availability.
Directions: From the Vancouver, Wash. area, take Hwy. 14 east to Milepost 39 (approximately six miles west of Stevenson, Wash.) Turn south on Dam Access Rd. by the large Bonneville Lock and Dam entrance sign. Turn left at the stop sign and continue along the road one mile to the entrance gate. The Visitor Center Building is the glass building at the end of the powerhouse.