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Hydropower at The Dalles

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

Navigation at The Dalles

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

Contact The Dalles Lock and Dam:

General information: 541-296-9778

Ranger station: 541-506-7857

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The Dalles Lock & Dam

The Dalles Lock and Dam

Built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Dalles Lock and Dam is one of the ten largest hydropower dams in the United States. Since its completion in 1957, it has provided the Pacific Northwest with a reliable water source for hydropower, navigation, recreation, fish passage, irrigation, and flood mitigation. The dam is 192 miles upriver from the mouth of the Columbia River and two miles east of the city of The Dalles, Ore.

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 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.

Visiting The Dalles Lock & Dam

At The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, you can explore a variety of interactive displays, watch a short film on the benefits and impacts of the dam, get a sneak peak of fish migrating up the fish ladder, or browse the Discover Your Northwest bookstore.

The Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, between May 1 and Memorial Day weekend. After Memorial Day, the center begins daily operations, seven days a week through Labor Day weekend. Labor Day through the end of September, weekend only operations resume. There are no fees for the Visitor Center.

Nearby Patterson and Seufert parks offer a perfect location to picnic and enjoy the scenic views of Mount Hood. Or walk the eastern end of The Dalles Riverfront trail and wander through the historic Seufert Rose Garden, where there are more than 90 varieties of roses.

To reach The Dalles Dam Visitor Center from I-84, take exit 87 and go east on Brett Clodfelter Way, located at the junction of Hwy. 197 and I-84. Address: 3545 Bret Clodfelter Way, The Dalles, OR 97058.

Map of The Dalles Dam and nearby amenities and facilities 

Recreation at The Dalles Lock & Dam

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The Avery Park sign welcomes visitors to the site.Notice: The west portion of Avery Park is temporarily closed to vehicles and limited to day use only. 

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
  • Windsurfing
  • Kiteboarding

Contact information: 541-506-7857

Directions: Milepost 93 off Hwy. 14.

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

Amenities & activities:
  • Restrooms
  • Boat ramp
  • Camping (primitive)
  • Historic site
  • Picnic area
  • Shore access to river
  • Windsurfing
  • Kiteboarding

Contact information: 541-506-7857

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. 

Amenities and activities:

  • Pond
  • Vault toilets
  • Wildlife watching
  • Fishing
  • Picnic area

Contact information: 541-506-7857

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, overlook and river access only.

Amenities and activities:

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

Contact information: 541-506-7857

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

Call to inquire about special event permits for this location.

Amenities and activities:

  • Bathrooms 
  • Gazebo 
  • Picnic area
  • Pond 

Contact information: 541-506-7857 or 541-296-9778

Directions: This park is only accessible via special event permit. 

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
  • Geocaching
  • Windsurfing
  • Kiteboarding
  • Fishing

Contact information: 541-506-7857

Directions: From I-84, take exit 109 at Rufus. Go north towards river and left at intersection. 

Day-use only; available year-round from dawn to dusk.  No bathrooms or water are available if the Visitors Center is closed.

Amenities and activities:

  • Covered picnic area
  • Historice rose garden
  • Scenic views of Mt. Hood
  • Access to The Dalles Riverfront Trail

Contact information: 541-506-7857 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. 

Amenities and activities:

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

Contact information: 541-506-7857

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

No fees. Amenities and activities:

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

Contact information: 541-506-7857

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.