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Crystal Falls
   Linn County, Oregon

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Crystal Falls is the smallest waterfall along McDowell Creek, though the individual tiers of Lower McDowell Creek Falls are smaller. Better known for the pool at its base, known as Crystal Pool, the falls don't appear to be given nearly as much attention as the others in the park. As McDowell Creek is squeezed through a constriction, it cascades 14 feet down a short chute and into the pool below. Said pool can serve as a good swimming hole in the summer, however, when I visited the falls, the water was rather murky and not something I'd want to swim in.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Crystal Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
  • Known Alternate Names: Crystal Pool

McDowell Creek was named for Jack McDowell, an early settler in the area (presumably closer to the mouth of the creek). Different sources say that Crystal Falls is and isn't the official name of this waterfall. It has also been called Crystal Pool Falls. Either way, the falls were named for the pool at its base, and the pool was named for its appearance.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

Located east of Lebanon off the South Santiam Highway. Exit I-5 in Albany onto Highway 20, and proceed for approximately 20 miles to McDowell Creek Road, and turn left. Follow McDowell Creek Road - watching for signs for the park - for about 7 miles, to the second of three parking areas within the park. Alternatively, westbounders can proceed as follows to avoid backtracking. Turn off of Highway 20 at Quartzville Road # 11, about 7 miles west of Sweet Home, and proceed 1 mile across the Foster Reservoir, then head left on North River Drive for about 1/3 of a mile, then right onto Sunnyside Drive. Follow Sunnyside, which becomes McDowell Creek Road after 2 ½ miles, for about 5 ½ miles to the middle parking area. Find the trail next to the bridge back down the road, and follow it upstream for 500 feet to a rough spur that descends to the base of Crystal Falls.

Latitude

44.46694 N

Longitude

-122.67556 W

Elevation

966 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Sweet Home 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Majestic Falls

0.217 miles

Royal Terrace Falls

0.465 miles

Lower McDowell Creek Fall...

0.662 miles

Upper Mcdowell Creek Fall...

2.668 miles

Cedar Creek Falls

3.087 miles

Scott Creek Falls

4.961 miles

Coal Creek Falls

7.261 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

24.08

IWC

1.58  (Class 2)

RATING

43.21 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

14 feet

Tallest Drop

14 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

10 feet

Pitch

77 degrees

Run

10 feet

Primary Form

Plunging Punchbowl

 

Watershed

Santiam River

Stream

McDowell Creek

AVG. Volume

150.0 cfs

Source

Unknown

Seasonality

Best Flows

Winter - Spring

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 24, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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