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Dillon Falls
   Deschutes County, Oregon

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Dillon Falls is the second of three major waterfalls along the Deschutes River near Bend. Like nearby Lava Island Falls, Dillon Falls hasn't been widely documented or publicized because it is quite difficult to see the majority of the falls. Trails, however, provide much better views of Dillon Falls - enough so that a proper rating can be achieved. Now, the make up of the falls could be in dispute, depending on whom you ask. The falls are said to drop 65 feet over 1/3 of a mile of run, but that stretches the concept of a waterfall pretty thin. There is a substantial 15-foot drop at the top of the falls, followed by a long series of violent rapids. The book A Waterfall Lover's Guide to the Pacific Northwest calls the whole thing 40 to 60 feet tall, and, depending on the edition, gives it as many as four (of five) stars. I say it's a 15-foot waterfall followed by a long series of violent rapids. The falls are nice and the gorge is pretty, but again, like Lava Island Falls, because the views are restricted to one side of the river (this time because there is no way to cross), the falls are much less of an attraction than they could be. The site is worth visiting, however, for the views of the gorge alone so don't write this one off completely.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Dillon Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

Dillon Falls was named for Leander Dillon, a nearby homesteader involved in large scale timber claims in 1906 in parts of central Oregon. After moving to Prineville, he died in a fire in 1907.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

Located west of Bend off of the Cascade Lakes Highway. From Highway 97 in Bend, follow the signs towards Cascade Lakes Highway and Mt Bachelor (through Bend, the road is called Century Drive). You'll pass several roundabouts before resuming a four-lane highway. About 6 ΒΌ miles from Bend turn left on FR 41, signed for the Deschutes River Recreation area. Proceed for 3 miles and turn left at FR 600, signed for Dillon Falls. The road ends in just under a mile, just upstream from the falls. A trail heads downstream along the gorge rim.

Latitude

43.95744 N

Longitude

-121.41282 W

Elevation

4034 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Benham Falls 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Benham Falls

2.125 miles

Upper Deschutes River Fal...

2.371 miles

Lava Island Falls

3.486 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

52.32

IWC

4.23  (Class 5)

RATING

43.96 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

15 feet

Tallest Drop

15 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

50 feet

Pitch

77 degrees

Run

20 feet

Primary Form

Gradual Cascade

 

Watershed

Deschutes River

Stream

Deschutes River

AVG. Volume

1500.0 cfs

Source

Springs

Seasonality

Best Flows

Year Round

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 24, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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