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Nehalem Falls
   Tillamook County, Oregon

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Nehalem Falls is one of about a dozen named waterfalls in the Northwest that should neither be named or considered a waterfall. The Nehalem River intersects a broad, shallow basalt bench and rushes into a trough, dropping about 8 vertical feet next to a fish ladder. The Nehalem River is known to regularly hit 10,000 cubic feet per second in discharge and it appears that at flows above about 5000 cfs, the falls become more or less submerged and become even more of a rapid than a waterfall. A fish ladder bypassing the falls (which seems completely unnecessary considering the diminutive size of the falls in the first place) detracts even further. Don't waste your time with this one.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Nehalem Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

From Highway 101 near Wheeler, follow Highway 53 towards Seaside. Turn right on Foss Road after 1 1/2 miles and follow Foss Road (also referred to as Nehalem River Road in some places) for 6 more miles to Nehalem Falls Park (may or may not be signed, watch for a gated road on the left). A short trail leads to a viewpoint.

Latitude

45.72667 N

Longitude

-123.77194 W

Elevation

60 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Foley Peak 7 1/2"

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Magnitude

10.91

IWC

4.94  (Class 5)

RATING

32.79 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

8 feet

Tallest Drop

8 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

20 feet

Pitch

23 degrees

Run

20 feet

Primary Form

Gradual Cascade

 

Watershed

Pacific Ocean

Stream

Nehalem River

AVG. Volume

2600.0 cfs

Source

Unknown

Seasonality

Best Flows

Winter - Spring

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 29, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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