Bonneville Dam

Bonneville  dam

Bonneville dam

Finding a vacation spot that is sure to leave a lasting impression on the entire family is always a high priority come vacation time.  When you decide to vacation in Oregon, there is no doubt that you have a nearly endless supply of activities just in the Mt. Hood area alone.

There are wonderful Columbia River Gorge activities, such as the Mount Hood Railroad that will allow you and your family to take in some of the region’s natural wonders.  However, if you want to see a tribute to American engineering might, then look no further than the Bonneville Dam.  This attraction is open year-round from 9am-5pm.

If you are looking for a seriously impressive place to take your family while vacationing in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood area, you should definitely consider this attraction.  The Bonneville Dam is nothing short of a technological marvel.  While other dams such as the Hoover Dam might get more press, the Bonneville Dam is definitely worth a visit.

Located a mere 40 miles from Portland, Oregon, the Bonneville Dam’s First Powerhouse was constructed between 1934 and 1937.  The Second Powerhouse was constructed between 1974 and 1981.  The size and scope of the project is nothing short of amazing.  For example, over 3,000 workers were employed as part of the New Deal to build the First Powerhouse during the Great Depression.  Likewise, the Army Corps of Engineers played a pivotal role in the process.

Today, the Bonneville Dam produces over 1 million kilowatts of electric output.  But for many who visit the Bonneville Dam, it is likely to be the size of the dam that leaves the greatest and most lasting impact.  You can also see the fish ladders, where several types of fish are viewable including steelhead trout and salmon.

Bonneville dam

Bonneville dam

This marvel of engineering and a testament to the New Deal makes for an impressive day trip.  A great outing for families, the Bonneville Dam is close to Mount Hood lodging and Mount Hood rentals making it yet another fantastic location that can be visited and enjoyed by those who are staying in the Mount Hood area.

For more information, visit the Bonneville Dam website.

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