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Willamette Falls

Highway 99E and Interstate 205, Oregon City, OR 97045
503 275 8355
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Oregon City
Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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Victoria, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

When they finally get rid of the old paper mill, this site will be amazing! It is a great, historic horseshoe falls that will be the gem in the new waterfront city center. Don't screw it up Oregon City! There is an excellent viewpoint just South on 99.

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Langley, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Such a beautiful area with a stunning view. The falls are so powerful and they really are worth seeing

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Oregon Coast
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784 reviews 784 reviews
282 attraction reviews
2,049 helpful votes 2,049 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Don't confuse these falls with the really tall ones cascading down the mountainside in the Gorge east of Portland! There is a place to park right on Hwy 99E, at 2nd Street. If there aren't many cars there, there is room for an RV. You look across to see the short U-shaped waterfall. It's not very tall, maybe 30 or... More

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Oregon City, Oregon
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It seems a bit silly to write a review of something we residents take for granted, but really this horseshoe shaped falls is the reason Oregon City is here. The native tribes used to use it for a fishing spot (and still do), the steam boats would travel up stream to here from Portland, and the water power was used... More

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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

It's hard to get a good view of the falls. If you're wanting to check out some water falls close up, go to Multnomah, worth the longer drive from Portland.

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Woodland, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We headed to see a beautiful waterfall and were disappointed. Don't waste your time, go elsewhere. The falls didn't have enough water.

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Denver, Colorado
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91 reviews 91 reviews
45 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Enjoy views of Willamette Falls from 99E viewpoints in old Oregon City environs. The Falls is in the midst of an historical panorama of the old hydroelectric power structures. But in the river, seals or river otters (bystanders debated what they were seeing), cavort and dive for fish. The free Municipal Elevator is not to be missed and there is... More

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Oregon City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Nothing in the way of interaction, exploration, or interpretation ... all you can do is pull over and observe. The old Blue Heron Paper Mill and the locks have changed the historical appearance of these falls and to some might be quite unattractive. Nevertheless, the Oregon Falls (not cascading, like those in the Gorge, but more like Niagara Falls, if... More

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Oregon City, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We did the end of season Jet boat ride up to the falls, an it was breathtaking! I love going down there all the time now

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Brevard, North Carolina, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The force and power that this waterfall exhibits is definitely a force to be reckoned with. This waterfall was the main food provider for the Indians who were first here and then the settlers who built there linen and then paper mill on the waterfall. It was very scenic and I enjoyed seeing it!

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