"A Lot to See Here" Cascade Locks by Segolily

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Salmon run was very interesting

This area includes the first Bonneville Dam, the lock for boats, the fish hatchery and the opportunity to see a sturgeon up close. There was also a nice little gift shop.

The dam on the Oregon side was built during the Depression and changed forever the character of the Columbia river. It also helped with creating new jobs and new industry in the area. We had seen the dam and fish ladders on the Washington side so didn't take the tour on the Oregon side. It is said the experiences are similar.

What we did enjoy however were the activities at the hatchery. Salmon run is late summer to early fall. It was rather amazing to watch the salmon swimming upstream be caught in the gates, sent in one by one to be examined for readiness to spawn, if ready to be stripped of eggs and then thrown on ice for food. If they weren't ready they were sent back out for a few days.

The eggs that are harvested and fertilized here are hatched and raised here until ready to be sent back to the river. The ponds hold various sizes of fingerlings.

It would be good to plan the greater part of a day here during salmon run in order to see all there is to see. If no salmon are running then half a day would be enough for the ponds, the dam, the fish ladders and the lock.

  • Last visit to Cascade Locks: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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