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The Dalles Lock and DamThe Dalles Lock and Dam is 192 miles upriver from the mouth of the Columbia River and two miles east of the city of The Dalles, Ore.

 

Construction of The Dalles Lock and Dam started in 1952; the project was completed in 1957 at a cost of $299 million. Since its construction, the dam has generated more than 9.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and passed up to 10 million tons of river cargo annually. The authorized primary project purposes are navigation and power generation.

 

The project consists of a concrete structure with a navigation lock, spillway, gated powerhouse and fish passage facilities. Various recreational facilities are provided along Lake Celilo, the 24-mile-long impoundment behind the dam.

 

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For more information

The Dalles Lock and Dam pamphlet

The Dalles Lock and Dam fact sheet

Contact The Dalles Lock and Dam:

General: 541-506-7819

Email us about The Dalles Project

For reservations*: 877-444-6777

or go to www.reserveusa.com 

*(Note: not all recreation sites take reservations)

The Dalles images

The Dalles navigation

Lock length 650 ft 198 m
Lock width 86 ft 26 m
Max. lift 90 ft 27 m
Avg. transit time 30 min.  

The Dalles hydropower

Powerhouse length 2089 ft 638 m
Generators/total output 22 2100 mw

The Dalles recreation

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The Avery Park sign welcomes visitors to the site.No fees; 14-day use limit. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.

Amenities and activities:

  • Boat ramp open to the public except during commercial treaty fishing seasons.
  • Camping (primitive)
  • Picnic area
  • Vault toilets

Contact information: 541-506-7819

Directions: Milepost 93 off Hwy. 14.

No fees; 14-day use limit. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.

Amenities & activities:
  • Bathrooms
  • Boat ramp
  • Camping (primitive)
  • Historic site
  • Picnic area
  • Shore access

Contact information: 541-506-7819

Directions: From I-84, take exit 97.

Contact information: 509-767-1159
Directions: Milepost 85 off Washington State Rd. 4.

Contact information: 541-739-2322

Directions: 17 miles east from The Dalles off I-84. From I-84, take the Celilo Park exit and continue east on Hwy. 30.

No fees; day use only. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.

Amenities and activities:

  • Pond
  • Vault toilets

Contact information: 541-506-7819

Directions: Take Hwy. 197 north, cross the Columbia River Bridge, go one mile and turn right. Sign visible.

Contact information: 509-773-5007

Directions: From I-84, take exit 104, turn north on Hwy. 97, cross the bridge and turn right.

No fees; day use only; no public access from shore; limited visibility from the north shore boat launch. Overlook and river access only. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.

Amenities and activities:

  • Boat launch with courtesy dock
  • Scenic overlook
  • Vault toilets

Contact information: 541-506-7819

Directions: From Hwy. 197 north, cross the Columbia River bridge and turn right.

No fees. Day-use only; open seasonally--call for hours and availablilty. First-come, first-serve availability.
Amenities and activities:

  • Bathrooms 
  • Gazebo 
  • Picnic area
  • Pond 

Contact information: 541-506-7819 or 541-296-9778

Directions: This park is only accessible via a trail.  Parking available at the Dalles Dam Visitor Center, 3545 Brett Clodfelter Way, The Dalles, Ore. From I-84, take exit 87 and go east on Brett Clodfelter Way. Also at the junction of Hwy. 197 and I-84.

The Rufus Landing Recreation Area sign welcomes visitors to Lake CeliloNo fees; 14-day use limit. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.

Amenities and activities:

  • Camping (primitive)
  • Shore access to the river
  • Vault toilets

Contact information: 541-506-7819

Directions: From I-84, exit at Rufus.

Day-use only; available year-round from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. First-come, first-serve availability. No bathrooms or water are available if the Visitors Center is closed.

Amenities and activities:

  • Covered picnic area
  • Rose garden
  • Scenic views
  • Trails

Contact information: 541-506-7819 or 541-296-9778

Directions: On I-84, take exit 87; also at the junction of Hwy. 197 and I-84.

The Spearfish Park sign welcomes visitorsNo fees; day-use only. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.

Amenities and activities:

  • Boat ramp (small; provides access to Spearfish Lake only)
  • Hiking trail
  • Trout fishing
  • Vault toilets

Contact information: 541-506-7819

Directions: From Hwy. 197 north, cross the Columbia River Bridge, go one mile and turn right. Sign visible.

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is open Friday through Sunday from May 1 through June 16, then open 7 days a week through Labor Day weekend, then back to Friday through Sunday through the end of September. No fees are charged at this location. Call to inquire about tour availability.

Amenities and activities:
  • Bathrooms
  • Children's activities
  • Exhibits
  • Fish viewing
  • Picnic area
  • Water

Contact information: 541-506-7819 or 541-296-9778

Directions: From I-84, take exit 87 and go east on Brett Clodfelter Way.  Also at the junction of Hwy. 197 and I-84.

No fees. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.
Amenities and activities:

  • Fishing
  • Portable bathroom facilities (provided seasonally)
  • Shore access
  • Windsurfing 

Contact information: 541-506-7819

Directions: From I-84, take exit 104, turn north on Hwy. 97, cross the bridge and turn right.  Continue heading east until paved road becomes gravel.

Operations: The Dalles

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River and Harbor / Flood Control acts of 1950