John Day Lock and Dam
Here you’ll find one of the largest single-lift locks in the world, hefting vessels 113 feet. At the dam on Oregon’s I-84, enjoy the fish-viewing room, visitors’ gallery, and Giles French Park, which has a boat launch, a picnic area, and fishing.
A good portion of the power generated is used in the enormous Columbia Aluminum Corporation plant that stretches for two-thirds of a mile next to the dam.
Camp for free at undeveloped Cliffs Park, approximately three miles off the highway on John Day Road.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition