Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery

Bonneville Dam

On the afternoon of August 10, 2017 I visited the Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery along the Columbia River in Oregon. It was great to get a view of the dam, but the visitor center was fascinating. In particular, there are windows on the bottom floor that look into the fish ladder, which enables fish to pass around the dam. Despite being outside of peak migration times, there were still several salmon, steelhead, lampreys, and other fish swimming through as I watched.

A short distance from the dam visitor center is the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, which raises several fish species for release. Visitors are able to walk around the grounds and view the fish they are raising, as well as ponds of adult rainbow trout and white sturgeon.

Pacific lamprey on the fish ladder window

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