Located in the Columbia River Gorge, the Bonneville Dam is a fascinating structure that uses the pure power of the Columbia River to create electrical power for the surrounding area. Find out more about this local attraction below and why it’s worth visiting during your visit to Hood River!
A Cool Hood River Attraction to Visit
The Bonneville Dam in Oregon was named for Captain Benjamin Bonneville of the United States Army, who later became an explorer known for exploring and recording the majority of the famous Oregon Trail.
After the recommendation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1929, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression enabled the government to create the Bonneville Dam and harness the power of the mighty Columbia River in a way that simultaneously supplied energy and boosted the economy of the Pacific Northwest, creating industries in aluminum and other materials in the region. The dam was completed in 1937 after three years of construction. At the time it was built, the Bonneville Lock was one of the largest locks in the world. However, it eventually became the smallest of eight locks on the river.
Various species of fish make their home on the upper and lower portions of the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam, including steelhead, salmon, and white sturgeon. The dam has had an unfortunate environment effect on the mating migration of these fish. To combat this detrimental effect, the ingenious fish ladders that the dam sports allow native salmon and steelhead in particular to navigate the dam and get to their upstream spawning destinations.
The Bonneville Dam in Oregon is also well-known for the population of California sea lions that traverse the river and hunt the numerous fish that spawn at the base of the dam each spawning season. If you time your visit right, you and your guests can witness this fascinating display of nature for yourselves!
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