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Royal Terrace Falls
   Linn County, Oregon

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While not really the cornerstone of McDowell Creek Falls Park, Royal Terrace Falls is the best of the four waterfalls featured within. The falls occur where Fall Creek drops over the valley wall in an eye catching stair-step style fountain like display. A sign nailed to a tree above the left side of the bridge says the falls drop 119 feet, while we measured the total drop to be about 110 feet, so given the margin of error for our measurement tends to be about 10-15 feet, we feel that the 119 foot figure is probably accurate.

Though Royal Terrace Falls is the biggest and best falls in the modest park, it is also the lowest-volume. Fall Creek doesn't quite run dry during the late summer, but the volume of water does shrink considerably, which in turn renders the falls much less impressive during the dry season. Perhaps the biggest detraction to this waterfall is that Linn County didn't allow for a wide enough buffer zone between the park boundary and an adjacent logged out area, and the bare clear cut hillside is plainly in view from the footbridge at the base of the falls.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Royal Terrace Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

McDowell Creek was named for Jack McDowell, an early settler in the area (presumably closer to the mouth of the creek). Royal Terrace Falls was undoubtedly named for its unique terraced appearance which conjures visions of a fountain in a royal palace.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

From the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 20 in Albany, follow Highway 20 east for 20 miles to McDowell Creek Road and turn left. Following McDowell Creek Road, drive another 6.5 miles - watching for signs pointing to McDowell Falls Park - to the main parking lot and park. Take the trail across McDowell Creek, with Lower McDowell Creek Falls immediately downstream, for one-quarter of a mile to the bridge spanning Fall Creek just below the falls. A spur trail climbs up along the right side of the falls to up-close views of the upper tier.

Latitude

44.46361 N

Longitude

-122.67917 W

Elevation

934 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Sweet Home 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Lower McDowell Creek Fall...

0.287 miles

Crystal Falls

0.466 miles

Majestic Falls

0.682 miles

Upper Mcdowell Creek Fall...

3.129 miles

Cedar Creek Falls

3.491 miles

Scott Creek Falls

5.425 miles

Coal Creek Falls

7.39 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

17.68

IWC

Unrated

RATING

44.01 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

119 feet

Tallest Drop

71 feet

Num. Drops

2

AVG. Width

30 feet

Pitch

80 degrees

Run

35 feet

Primary Form

Tiered Horsetails

 

Watershed

Santiam River

Stream

Fall Creek

AVG. Volume

5.0 cfs

Source

Runoff

Seasonality

12 months

Best Flows

November to May

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Nov 11, 2012

Re-surveyed and accurately measured this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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