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Punchbowl Falls
   Hood River County, Oregon

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Punchbowl Falls is a small waterfall along the West Fork of the Hood River where the stream squeezes between impressive basalt cliffs and boils into a large pool. The falls are bypassed by a fish ladder, which appears to partially flank the falling water such to subtly change its direction on one side. The falls are not overly impressive at all, but they are more substantial than pictures make it out to be. The location is worth visiting to see the canyon, the columnar basalt formations and nearby Dead Point Creek Falls, but Punchbowl itself is probably only attractive to dedicated waterfall hunters.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Punchbowl Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

Punchbowl Falls is located near the town of Dee in the Hood River Valley. From Hood River, follow Highway 35 south for 7 miles, then turn east on Highway 231 and proceed 9 miles to the small town of Dee. Turn right onto Punchbowl Road, staying straight where the road splits to veer hard to the left. About a mile and a half from Dee, the road crosses the West Fork of the Hood. Shortly before the bridge is a gated gravel road at a large pullout. Park and follow the road for about 1/5 of a mile then make your way to the canyon rim for views of the falls.

Latitude

45.60047 N

Longitude

-121.63587 W

Elevation

811 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Dee 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Dead Point Falls

0.225 miles

Mile Five Falls

6.836 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

28.12

IWC

2.3  (Class 3)

RATING

42.51 %

 

Photo of Punchbowl Falls

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

10 feet

Tallest Drop

10 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

15 feet

Pitch

77 degrees

Run

5 feet

Primary Form

Plunging Punchbowl

 

Watershed

Hood River

Stream

West Fork Hood River

AVG. Volume

400.0 cfs

Source

Glacier

Seasonality

Best Flows

Year Round

 
 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 27, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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