Cascade Locks is located in Hood River County
, along Interstate 84
and the Columbia River
in the Columbia Gorge and Mt Hood
Region of Oregon. Situated between Bonneville Dam
and the community of Hood River
. The Columbia Wilderness
Area is found in the hills and on the cliffs above town.
This community was named for the series of locks built in 1896 on the Columbia river. The site was once called Whiskey Flats and was incorporated in 1935. This town is also the starting point of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The Columbia River Gorge is the only National Scenic Area in America and Cascade Locks is in the heart of it.
Cascade Locks is a friendly community and has many facilities for accommodating tourist:
From mid-June to the end of September, the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge, based in Cascade Locks, makes two hour excursions on the river daily. During the cruise, a narrative is given on local history, legends of Native Americans, geology and points of interest. A snack bar and lounge is provided, with seating inside and out.