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Shellburg Falls
   Marion County, Oregon

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Shellburg Falls is the centerpiece waterfall in the small sliver of the Santiam State Forest along the Stout Creek canyon. The falls plunge 100 feet over a protruding basalt ledge which creates a large recess behind the falls - a surprisingly common feature for waterfalls in this area of Oregon - through which the trail traverses around the falls and then climbs to the top of the canyon. Because Shellburg Creek relies solely on rainfall to sustain its flow, it runs very low in the summer, though I haven't seen any evidence that it dries out.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Shellburg Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

moderate access

Located in the Santiam State Forest near Mehama. From I-5 in Salem, take Highway 22 east for about 22 miles to the small town of Mehama. Turn left on Fern Ridge Road, and follow for 1.2 miles to an unmarked gravel road which heads off sharply to the right. Park here so as to not block the gate, and follow the gravel road for 1 ΒΌ miles to the bridge over Shellburg Creek. Head left on the Shellburg Falls trail, marked by a brown sign, and continue another 1/5 of a mile to the base of the falls. The trail circumnavigates behind the falls, then heads to the top and further upstream. This is public access to the falls, however, the road crosses private land, so please obey the signs at the first gate, and stay on the road until you reach State land.

Latitude

44.8125 N

Longitude

-122.60856 W

Elevation

1362 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Lyons 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Lower Shellburg Falls

0.271 miles

Stasel Falls

0.777 miles

Ayers Creek Falls

1.587 miles

Upper Ayers Creek Falls

1.675 miles

Horseshoe Falls

1.748 miles

Stout Creek Falls

2.73 miles

Jordan Creek Falls

7.052 miles

Upper North Falls

7.821 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

30.53

IWC

0.35  (Class 1)

RATING

44.3 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

100 feet

Tallest Drop

100 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

10 feet

Pitch

90 degrees

Run

5 feet

Primary Form

Plunge

 

Watershed

Santiam River

Stream

Shellburg Creek

AVG. Volume

20.0 cfs

Source

Runoff

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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