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Bonneville Dam Tours and Activities

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Forty miles east of Portland, the Bonneville Lock and Dam spans the Columbia River, providing electricity, a navigation lock, fish passage, and recreation areas.

The dam's first powerhouse, spillway, and original navigation lock were completed in 1938 to improve navigation on the Columbia River and provide hydropower to the Pacific Northwest. A second powerhouse was completed in 1981, and a larger navigation lock in 1993.

Lake Bonneville was created behind the dam, and is a popular spot for summer activities like boating and fishing. Fish ladders, part of the original construction, provide pathways for salmon, steelhead, and other native fish navigate past the dam to spawn upstream. Large underwater windows can be found at both the Bradford Island Visitor Center (on the Oregon side) and the Washington Shore Visitor Complex for viewings between April and October.

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2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Sightseeing Cruise

2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Sightseeing Cruise

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Get an up-close look at the Columbia River Gorge on a sightseeing cruise that takes you under the Bridge of the Gods and past sights such as the Bonneville Dam, Native American fishing platforms, and locations where kite surfers and wind surfers show off their skills. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board the boat.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.00
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$50.00
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2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Dinner Cruise

2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Dinner Cruise

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Start your evening on the Columbia River on a dinner cruise that provides views of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area from a historical sternwheeler. A seasonal menu features local ingredients for the 3-course dinner with bread, salad, main course, and dessert. Along the way, listen to stories and history about the river from the captain. Drinks are available for purchase.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area (AVA), the lovechild of the Columbia Valley and Willamette Valley AVAs. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, wine tasting, and a stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon. Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology, natural resources, and wine, will teach you about the natural history, cultural history, and wine background of the area, as you drive the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. You'll visit 2 wineries. We cover lunch, you cover tasting fees.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.00
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$140.00
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2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Escape to the Columbia Gorge on this 2-hour cruise through the "heart of the Columbia Gorge." Enjoy a delicious Northwestern Brunch Buffet with complimentary champagne. Travel through history on an authentic sternwheeler. See the sights and listen to live captain's narration of Oregon's rich history. Sit back, relax and go with the rivers flow. We will take care of the rest. - Features - Two-hour brunch cruise from Cascade Locks, Oregon - Bottomless champagne, mimosas, or sparkling cider included - Enjoy a delicious Northwest buffet prepared onboard - Live historical narration played throughout the vessel - Access to all three decks as well as captain's wheelhouse Boarding 9:30am Cruising 10:00am - 12:00pm
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Private 40-minute Waterfall Air Tour for Three

Private 40-minute Waterfall Air Tour for Three

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See Oregon’s infamous waterfalls from above on a private airplane tour through the Columbia River Gorge. Get 360-degree views as you soar over the Vista House, Booneville Dam, the Bridge of the Gods near Cascade Locks, and more. This private experience allows you to customize your itinerary to fit your preferences. 
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$359.00
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$359.00
per group
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Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour with Gray Line

Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour with Gray Line

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This half-day excursion from Portland takes you through the splendor of the Columbia Gorge and the scenic Multnomah Falls area. Multiple stops allow you panoramic views of the Columbia River Valley and the Bonneville Dam, visits to stunning waterfalls, and a guided history of the Lewis and Clark trail.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.25
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$45.25
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Multnomah Falls & City Combination Tour with Gray Line

Multnomah Falls & City Combination Tour with Gray Line

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Only have one day to see the attractions around Portland? Our Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour combined with an afternoon City Tour gives you the best of the Gorge and the best of Portland in one attraction filled day. Begin your day with our Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Columbia River as you travel up the Gorge and visit sights along the way. See the Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour description for full details. Once back in Portland, take a lunch break and catch our 2:00 PM trolley for an informative City Tour. With a 1/2-hour stop at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park you will marvel at the variety of roses lovingly attended too. Back on the trolley you finish out your City Tour at 4:00pm. A full day of experiences and sights for one great price.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.00
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$68.00
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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Air Tour

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Air Tour

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This incredible air tour is an unbelievable experience to be had when you are in Portland. This tour takes off through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. You will meander over the gentle Columbia River surrounded by towering pine trees and ancient cliffs while treating yourself to views of dozens of waterfalls and the incredible natural landmarks that have made the Gorge their home. This popular Portland tour is perfect for your stay with us.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$174.00
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$174.00
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Amazing Columbia River Gorge & Portland Air Tour

Amazing Columbia River Gorge & Portland Air Tour

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This incredible air tour is an unbelievable experience to be had when you are in Portland. This tour takes off through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. You will meander over the gentle Columbia River surrounded by towering pine trees and ancient cliffs while treating yourself to views of dozens of waterfalls. Then head to the west toward Portland and behold dazzling views of the city's many bridges, towering buildings that sit between the Willamette River and the west hills. This flight is truly an incredible experience and we guarantee you'll absolutely love it.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$279.00
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$279.00
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Exclusive 1 Hour 20 Minute Private Gorge & Portland Air Tour for 3

Exclusive 1 Hour 20 Minute Private Gorge & Portland Air Tour for 3

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The Columbia River Gorge cleaves a massive canyon between the Oregon and Washington state lines, just east of Portland. On this full-day flight tour, you’ll soar over the gorge and its dozens of waterfalls. Then, you’ll cruise over the city of Portland, taking in its skyline and collection of unique bridges. Your guide will narrate the trip, pointing out highlights along the way.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$529.00
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$529.00
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Private Group Tour up to 11 of Columbia River Gorge & Waterfalls from Portland

Private Group Tour up to 11 of Columbia River Gorge & Waterfalls from Portland

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Embark on an intimate, Oregonian-led private group tour of the Columbia River Gorge and waterfalls. Your seasoned, local guide will take you on a 4-hour adventure exploring the Pacific Northwest's most breathtaking views and waterfalls. From Chanticleer viewpoint, Crown Point, and the Vista House, you'll see the vast expanse of the Gorge stretching as far as the eye can see.  Learn the real story of the Gorge from its history to its unique geology as you're guided to numerous waterfalls, including the iconic 620 foot Multnomah Falls. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off and transportation in custom equipped 4x4 Mercedes Benz vehicle. Private tour is limited to a maximum of 11 people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$979.00
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$979.00
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Private Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

Private Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area (AVA), the lovechild of the Columbia Valley and Willamette Valley AVAs. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, wine tasting, and a stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon. Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology, natural resources, and wine, will teach you about the natural history, cultural history, and wine background of the area, as you drive the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. You'll visit 2 wineries. We cover lunch, you cover tasting fees.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$840.00
per group
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$840.00
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The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

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Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, fruit stands in the Hood River Valley, downtown Hood River (your opportunity for lunch and/or alcoholic beverages), and breathtaking stops in the eastern and western Columbia River Gorge (Multnomah Falls included). Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology and natural resources, will teach you about the natural and cultural history of the area, as you drive the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. Maximum group size of 11. Pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Private - 1/2 day Columbia River Gorge & Waterfalls Tour From Portland

Private - 1/2 day Columbia River Gorge & Waterfalls Tour From Portland

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Join an intimate, Oregonian-led Private tour of the Columbia River Gorge and waterfalls with Portland Oregon's original tour and adventure company. Your experienced guide will take you on a adventure exploring the Pacific Northwest's most breathtaking views and waterfalls. From Chanticleer viewpoint, Crown Point, and the Vista House you'll see the vast expanse of the Gorge stretching as far as the eye can see. Robust with history and unique geology, you'll learn the real story of the Gorge as you're guided to numerous waterfalls, including the infamous 620 foot Multnomah Falls.  Bonniville Dam/Salmon ladders, Fish Hatchery are also included,  This Tour is Informative and very scenic so don't forget your camera! Experienced guides, providing fun and informative tours with unparalleled customer service, while operating the nicest custom equipped 4x4 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Portland's tour industry... Created, owned and operated by native Portland Oregonians, since 2001
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$299.68
Price varies by group size
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$299.68
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour at The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

Private Tour at The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, fruit stands in the Hood River Valley, downtown Hood River (your opportunity for lunch and/or alcoholic beverages), and breathtaking stops in the eastern and western Columbia River Gorge (Multnomah Falls included). Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology and natural resources, will teach you about the natural and cultural history of the area, as you drive the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. Maximum group size of 11. Pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$240.00
Price varies by group size
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$240.00
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Bonneville Dam can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 15 Bonneville Dam tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Bonneville Dam costs USD 45.25. Guided Bonneville Dam tours start around USD 45.25 per person. See all 15 Bonneville Dam tickets and tours on Viator.
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