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Silver Falls
   Coos County, Oregon

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Silver Falls is one of the best waterfalls, in terms of both aesthetics and splendor, in Oregon's Coast Range. Small Silver Creek plunges over an odd-shaped domed protrusion of bedrock, framed by conical buttresses, into a large mass of boulders. The freefall totals about 150 feet, but there is another 25-30 feet of cascades among the large boulders below (which doesn't really count, in my mind). During the summer, Silver Creek shrivels up, and runs very close to dry, but it does appear to flow year round. The falls are located within a rustic state park, adorned by a small trail system and a nice picnic area at the trailhead.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Silver Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

Located in Golden and Silver Falls State Park, east of Coos Bay. From downtown Coos Bay, follow Highway 101 south to the signed turn for Eastside, Coos River and the park. Turn left here, and proceed 24 miles to the end of the road, following signs, first for the town of Alleghany, then for the state park, at all major junctions. Once at the park, there are two trails which lead to the falls. The best starts on the south side of Silver Creek, and leads to the falls in 5 minutes. The other is on the opposite side of the creek, and also leads to the falls in about 5 minutes.

Latitude

43.48642 N

Longitude

-123.93477 W

Elevation

560 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Golden Falls 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Golden Falls

0.511 miles

Darius Creek Falls

1.075 miles

Hewett Falls

3.685 miles

Middle Matson Creek Falls

3.992 miles

Matson Creek Falls

4.44 miles

Henrys Falls

5.621 miles

Stulls Falls

5.632 miles

Upper Little Matson Falls

6.12 miles

Little Matson Falls

6.403 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

39.51

IWC

0.71  (Class 1)

RATING

57.58 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

130 feet

Tallest Drop

110 feet

Num. Drops

2

AVG. Width

25 feet

Pitch

90 degrees

Run

20 feet

Primary Form

Plunge

 

Watershed

Coos Bay

Stream

Silver Creek

AVG. Volume

25.0 cfs

Source

Unknown

Seasonality

Best Flows

Winter - Spring

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 27, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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