Have you ever seen an eighty year old fish? Probably not many people can answer that question with a yes. But if you’d like to flip over your answer card from no to yes, then take a tour of the grounds out at the Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge. Located just off Exit 40 on I-84, the Bonneville Dam offers a chance to see a fish hatchery and the Sturgeon and Trout ponds.
One of the sturgeon, Herman is over 80 years old. He has his own pond with a house where you can see him swimming if you go down the stairs and look through the window. There are several other fish in the pond also, so you’re sure to see some of them on any given day.
The gift shop sells espresso. What else do you need to know? Really…
On the way home keep your eyes glued to the river (unless you’re the driver) as you near Multnomah Falls, located at Exit 31 on Highway I-84. There is an Osprey nest on one of the channel markers. Although they haven’t returned yet, they are expected to return sometime soon.
Nearby campgrounds include Ainsworth, Eagle Creek and across the river there is camping at Beacon Rock. Call first to check winter, early spring availabiltiy. Links to articles on these campsites may be found above and to the left. Just a reminder, the online reservation system for Oregon State Parks will be offline March 31 to April 14th.