North Bonneville, Washington: Evil Lab from Short Circuit: Stand on Live Generator

Powerhouse #2 at the Bonneville Dam is the only place in America where you can stand on a live generator as part of a public tour. It doubled as an evil laboratory in America's favorite robot comedy of 1986.

Address:
Dam Access Rd, North Bonneville, WA
Directions:
Hwy 14 milepost 39 (about six miles west of Stevenson). Turn south onto Dam Access Rd by the large Bonneville Lock and Dam entrance sign. Turn left at the stop sign and drive west one mile to the entrance gate. The glass Visitor Center is at the end of the powerhouse.
Hours:
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
509-427-4281
Admission:
Free
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Evil Lab from Short Circuit: Stand on Live Generator

Powerhouse #2 at the Bonneville Dam had a short appearance as an evil laboratory in the 1980s film Short Circuit. This is also the only place in America where you can actually stand on a live working generator as part of a public tour. There is also a fish ladder that allows you to view migrating salmon going upstream.

[Ranger Ron, 10/27/2013]

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