The Dalles to Celilo


Attractions at The Dalles include; Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Fort Dalles MuseumThe Dalles Dam, The Dalles Lock & Dam, The Dalles Historic Walking Tours and The Dalles Murals.


Our furthermost eastern spot on this journey is about 15 miles upriver to the location of Celilo Falls, the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. It was the economic and cultural hub of Native Americans in the region for thousands of years.





The Dalles (exit 82)


The city of The Dalles, incorporated on June 26, 1857, is the third oldest incorporated city in Oregon. At the time, The Dalles was one of the largest population centers in the Pacific Northwest, and played a major role in terms of commerce, politics, military presence and inland navigation. It also served as the end of the overland Oregon Trail beginning in 1843. Lewis and Clark camped at The Dalles twice, in 1805 and 1806.


Attractions at The Dalles include; Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Fort Dalles MuseumThe Dalles Dam, The Dalles Lock & Dam, The Dalles Historic Walking Tours and The Dalles Murals


About 15 miles upriver from the city of The Dalles is (or was) Celilo Falls, the economic and cultural hub of Native Americans in the region. It was the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. Buried in 1957 by the backwater of The Dalles Dam, it is now called Lake Celilo, the 24 mi (39 km) long reservoir stretches upstream to the John Day Dam.


Artist and architect Maya Lin is working on interpretive artwork at Celilo for the Confluence Project, scheduled for completion in 2016.


This is the eastern-most end of our journey up the Columbia River Gorge. Let’s return on the Washington side, crossing over at The Dallas.