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Pothole Falls
   Clark County, Washington

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Pothole Falls, or The Potholes, depending on which sign you confront, is the first of two modest waterfalls along Lacamas Creek as it flows from Lacamas and Round Lakes to the Washougal River. Round Lake is formed by a small dam on the creek, immediately below which the creek begins pounding through a sandstone gorge with all sorts of potholes in the streambed. About 300 feet downstream of the dam lies the falls, a 50 foot wide, 15 foot tall plunge. The falls are so named because of the various potholes which punctuate the ledge, funneling the water this way and that - particularly in the warmer seasons. Unfortunately, trees block views of the falls from most perspectives along the rim of the gorge. There is one clear view amid a field a short distance downstream, particularly scenic in the spring when copious swaths of wildflowers bloom amid the grassy knoll.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Pothole Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
  • Known Alternate Names: The Potholes

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

Lacamas Park is located in the northern part of the city of Camas, just north of Highway 14, east of Vancouver. Take Highway 500 north from Highway 14 for a little over 2 ½ miles to a small parking lot on the right, signed as Lacamas Park, immediately before crossing Lacamas Creek. Park in the lot and follow the paved paths downstream for ½ mile to Pothole Falls, crossing the dam holding Round Lake back about halfway. The best views of the falls are from a rocky grassy knoll a short ways downstream of the falls.

Latitude

45.59827 N

Longitude

-122.40157 W

Elevation

135 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Camas 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Lower Falls

0.586 miles

Woodburn Falls

0.678 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

40.94

IWC

2.31  (Class 3)

RATING

51.69 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

20 feet

Tallest Drop

20 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

50 feet

Pitch

77 degrees

Run

25 feet

Primary Form

Segmented Plunges

 

Watershed

Columbia River (Snake River to Portland)

Stream

Lacamas Creek

AVG. Volume

200.0 cfs

Source

Lake

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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