Sun Oct 23, 2016 9am – 3pm
First will be a hike to the falls. According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Although you can see the top portion of the falls from the highway, to view both tiers you have to walk to the viewing area located in a carved-out opening in the rock face. Tilting your head up in the narrow rocky confines of the steep cliffs, you get a mind-boggling perspective on the sheer magnitude of the falls.
After that we will visit the Bonneville Dam and hatchery. Bonneville Dam is one of the oldest dams on the Columbia, constructed between 1933 and 1937. Bonneville Hatchery was constructed in 1909. Lewis and Clark camped on the upstream side of Tanner Creek on November 9, 1806, today the location of the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Tanner Creek and nine hatchery wells provide water for rearing fall chinook salmon, coho salmon, and summer and winter steelhead. Wahclella Falls, not quite a mile above the creek’s mouth prevents fish passage beyond that point.