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Whitehorse Falls
   Douglas County, Oregon

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Whitehorse Falls is the smaller but arguably prettier of the two named waterfalls along the Clearwater River. The falls occur where the river sluices through a narrow trough in rhyolitic bedrock and suddenly crashes 14 feet over a wall into a large pool below. Though the falls are located several miles downstream of Clearwater Falls, there is often less water present in Whitehorse Falls due to the integration of the river in the North Umpqua Hydroelectric system. The flow is consistent all year long, just not in tune with its natural levels nearly as much as it should be. When I visited the falls most recently in 2007, it appeared the Forest Service was rebuilding the viewpoint to be wheelchair accessible.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Whitehorse Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

Whitehorse Falls are situated within the Whitehorse Falls Campground, located 4 1/2 miles east of Tokatee Lake (or 63 1/2 miles east of Roseburg) along Highway 138. The parking area is encountered before the campground and the falls are visible immediately adjacent.

Latitude

43.24778 N

Longitude

-122.305 W

Elevation

3681 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Garwood Butte 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Clearwater Falls

6.22 miles

Watson Falls

6.945 miles

Surprise Falls

7.284 miles

Misty Grotto Falls

7.312 miles

Columnar Falls

7.384 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

24.25

IWC

0.74  (Class 1)

RATING

42.01 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

14 feet

Tallest Drop

14 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

10 feet

Pitch

90 degrees

Run

5 feet

Primary Form

Plunging Punchbowl

 

Watershed

Umpqua River

Stream

Clearwater River

AVG. Volume

75.0 cfs

Source

Springs

Seasonality

Best Flows

Year Round

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 29, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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