Palouse Falls State Park Travel Guide

  • Palouse Falls State Park
    by JessieLang
  • Palouse Falls State Park
    by JessieLang
  • Palouse Falls State Park
    by JessieLang

Palouse Falls State Park Things to Do

  • Palouse Falls at Flood Stage

    So these photo's were taken after waters had receded a little but it is certainly the most water I've witnessed in my 5 visits to the park. The volume certainly makes the falls more interesting. It really makes one wonder what the area would have looked like during the Ice Age floods. The park has undergone some renovation since my last visit and...

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  • Rapids Above

    Just above the falls there are many series of rapids. I know that Further up stream are 2 more small waterfalls, (see my off the beaten path tips for this page.)The view of these rapids is a very easy one to get to. From the parking lot follow a well maintained gravel road until it turns left then follow any of several footpaths toward the cliff...

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  • Upper Viewpoint

    This view is one of the best I have had the privilege of having seen of Palouse Falls. Looking down you can truly appreciate that grandeur of the falls. The unusual angle that the view takes on is very deceiving. The pool beneath seems close enough to touch even though it is far from.The only drawback is that if you are afraid of heights at all...

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  • Fryxell Overlook

    Fryxell Overlook was named for Ronald Fryxell who was an anthropology professor at nearby Washington State University. His contribution to Palouse Falls State Park was in having found bones and artifacts downstream from the falls that were older than any human remains up to that point. The overlook built in his honor is one of the better views of...

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  • Palouse River Canyon and History

    The Palouse River started as a small river that accommodated huge flows of water when Lake Missoula flooded (several times). Lake Missoula was a lake which was created during the last ice age about 12,000 years ago. The lake was created when the Cordilleran Ice Sheet blocked the flow of the Clark Fork River and it reached depths of 2,000 feet deep...

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  • Waterfall Facts

    Palouse falls is the last remaining waterfall created by the ice age floods of Lake Missoula (See my tip including history). After the falls the river flows 6 miles before reaching the much larger Snake River. Palouse Falls is between 198 and 185 feet (56-60 m) tall depending on the source.It is a direct plunge into the pool beneathe and is framed...

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Palouse Falls State Park Transportation

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    Cattle Grates in Road 1 more image

    by GuthrieColin Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    The access to the park is via a 2 mile dirt road through an occupied cattle pasture. Since there are cattle roaming freely along this road you will want to keep your eyes peeled for animals crossing the road.
    The road is very bumpy and will become prohibitively uncomfortable when you go over 25mph. There are also two cattle grates along the road that prevent animals from passing. They are a little bumpy but area vast improvement from having to open a gate.

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Palouse Falls State Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Rattlesnakes

    McBlacktiger,As awesome as your user name is (I really hope it's your real name), you are sadly mistaken about the dangers of rattlesnakes that don't have rattles. Full grown rattlesnakes often times lose their rattles due to various reasons. Also baby rattlers have yet to develop their rattles and are actually much more dangerous than the full...

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  • Rattlesnakes

    When it get's much over 60 F(15C) you need to take care about rattlesnakes when you are wandering around the talus(rock piles) or the cliffs. They are rare, but there is always the chance. If you see one but it dosen't have rattles, then it is a harmless bullsnake and please do not kill it, they eat rattlesnakes. Black widow spiders are also fairly...

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Palouse Falls State Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Upper Palouse Falls

    This waterfall is no more than 25 feet tall (7 m) and is split into 3 separate sections. The waterfall is not easy to find. Their is a road that leads basically right up to it but i have the feeling that it is on private property. I accordingly will not explain directions. The falls are difficult to get a good view of as they happen to be in a...

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  • Little Palouse Falls

    Little Palouse Falls is one which you will not have an easy time getting to. It took me three trips to the area before I found it. I also have this feeling that it may be on private property so I will not disclose directions. It is however a very interesting waterfall.The falls themselves are only about 10-15 feet tall (up to 4.5 m), but carry a...

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    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 5, 2010

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    Favorite thing: On April 21, 2009 a kayaker from Montana took his boat over this waterfall and hold the new unofficial record for the tallest waterfall kayaked over. This video may or may not be able to view since it might have been removed. In any rate this achievement is quite impressive. www.youtube.com

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    • Water Sports

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