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Marten Buttes Falls
   Linn County, Oregon

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The French Creek drainage near the east end of Detroit Lake seems to be teeming with waterfalls. The USGS topographic maps of the area mark five falls in the drainage, but thus far we have recorded least 11 in the area. Of all of the falls in the basin , Marten Buttes Falls is likely the tallest and certainly one of the most impressive - even though the stream is seasonal (it isn't even marked on the topographic maps) and will dry out entirely during the summer.

During the wet season, the unnamed stream producing the falls hurtles off a large cliff lining the north side of the French Creek valley, spraying a total of 364 feet in a long horsetail-style fall which splits into two segments about halfway down the drop. Because of the aforementioned small drainage area - likely less than a quarter of a square mile - the stream will almost certainly shrivel up and dry out by the end of May in most years.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Marten Buttes Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.

Neither the creek nor the falls are known to have bore any name, colloquial or otherwise. We have proposed calling the falls after the Marten Buttes, which loom over the northern edge of the basin which the falls drain from.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

From the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 22 in Salem, take Highway 22 east for 49 miles and turn left onto French Creek Road, immediately west of the bridge over the Breitenbush River just before the town of Detroit. Follow French Creek Road for just over 4 miles, then bear right onto FSR# 2207 shortly after the pavement ends. Drive another mile up Road 2207 to a sharp switchback and park next to where Road 2207-175 branches off to the right (it may be possible for high clearance vehicles to drive about 500 feet up Road 175, but it is bermed shortly after). Follow Road 175 for about one-third of a mile to the base of the falls. The old roadbed has been pretty severely washed out by the creek, and small trees are quickly overtaking the remaining roadbed, so expect to have to deal with brush and lackluster views.

Latitude

44.77511 N

Longitude

-122.19358 W

Elevation

3297 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Battle Ax 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Unnamed Waterfall

1.374 miles

Dome Rock Falls

1.724 miles

French Basin Falls 4

2.591 miles

French Basin Falls 3

2.637 miles

French Basin Falls 1

2.754 miles

French Basin Falls 5

2.775 miles

French Basin Falls 2

2.871 miles

Opal Falls

3.011 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

3.29 miles

Tumble Falls

3.728 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

7.72

IWC

Unrated

RATING

40.03 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

364 feet

Tallest Drop

364 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

20 feet

Pitch

70 degrees

Run

150 feet

Primary Form

Horsetail

 

Watershed

Santiam River

Stream

Unnamed

AVG. Volume

2.0 cfs

Source

Runoff

Seasonality

6 months

Best Flows

November to May

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Nov 10, 2012

Re-surveyed and accurately measured this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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