DescriptionThe town was named for the series of locks built in 1896 on the Columbia River, once the primary artery of transportation in the state. Before the locks were built, travelers along the river had to dock and make a rocky, treacherous portage around the dangerous cascades and white-water rapids of this section of the Columbia.
The locks were submerged in 1938 by the rising backwaters of the Bonneville Lock and Dam. However, the upper portion remains in Marine Park and attests to the artistry of the dry masonry stonecutters of bygone days.
A scenic portion of I-84 passes near Cascade Locks, following the Columbia River from Troutdale 150 miles east to Boardman. The town also is an access point to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail which spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada.
Things to SeePort of Cascade Locks and Marine Park