Tour of the John W. Keys III Pump-Generating Plant

John W. Keys III Pump-Generating Plant at Night

Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center temporarily closed, tours delayed

The Bureau of Reclamation has temporarily closed public visitation to the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center in support of the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tours of the dam were set to begin April 1, 2020, but will be delayed until further notice. The health and safety of the public and our employees is our number one priority.

Water deliveries and powerplant operations will continue without interruption. Mission essential functions, such as security and law enforcement, will continue.

Check our website for updates at or call 509-633-9507.

This 50-minute guided tour is free of charge and available only on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seating is limited. Groups should call (509) 633-9265 at least 15 days prior to their visit. Download the tour map >>.

The tour begins at the tour building where you will board a van or bus to be taken to the Pump-Generating Plant. Highlights include a look at the large pumps used for transporting water from Lake Roosevelt to the Columbia Basin Project, concluding with a ride across the top of the dam. Accessible tours are available with advanced notice by calling (509) 633-9265.

All tour participants are required to pass through a metal detector prior to beginning the tour. Weapons, purses, bags, backpacks, fanny packs, and packages are not permitted on the tour. Cameras, but not camera cases, are allowed on the tour. Onsite storage for personal belongings is not available. Be sure to lock your car.

Tour times are subject to change without notice. Please call the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center at (509) 633-9265 for the latest information.

Grand Coulee Visitor Center
(509) 633-9265

Last Updated: 9/10/20