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Address: Highway 99E and Interstate 205, Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone Number: 503 275 8355
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$60*
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Kayak and Paddleboard tour of Willamette Falls
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$399*
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Private Sailing Charter for 2 to 12 People by the Hour

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Nice pictures available from pull out

This is a nice place to stop and take in the site on a nice day. There are a few historical signs providing information about the falls and the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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indianapolis
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Portland, Oregon
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Walk the ridge pathway at the top of the OC Elevator for a great view of the falls and the Willamette River Valley.

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tucson az
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though its just a pull-out on the side of the road it packs a lot of history. From the overlook you will see the largest falls (by volume) in the US, a dam, a power plant and a variety of factories that date back 100 years. There are very informative plaques placed around the pull out. It is a great... More 

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indianapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice place to stop and take in the site on a nice day. There are a few historical signs providing information about the falls and the area.

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1 Thank philangie6370
Canby, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best when the water is high- in a drought its a trickle! Met tourists there in the summer and they asked where the falls had gone! The old paper mills are significant to locals. There is a museum across the street. Very pretty on a sunny day.

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Fountain Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I favor low falls rushing over rocks, to high cascading falls. This falls fits the bill, I only wished for a closer view. That said, the distance allowed the view of the side stream falls, and more distance up and down the river. Limited parking, but free.

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Three Rivers, Texas
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't know what I was expecting exactly, but a waterfall in an industrial area was not it. According to what we read, these falls are the 17th widest falls in the world. We were on the opposite side of the river from the industrial area, and I couldn't appreciate the falls for the surroundings. Save the trip and see... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed hiking here and viewing the falls. We will definitely come back! The views were amazing and the falls were worth the walk.

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Oregon City, Oregon
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Willamette Falls aren't that spectacular. The falls are less than 100 feet tall. And, they are surrounded by industrial buildings. The only time there is much to see is in the winter when there is flooding or during the summer when some drunk boater falls asleep and goes over the falls. Don't go out of your way to see these... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Took the Oregon city elevator to the walk path, it was breath taking when looking down. Only disappointing thing was it was next to a paper plant. You can also take the steps going up near the elevator. Elevator operates from 7 am to 7 pm

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Oregon City, Oregon, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

You can hike from the top of the Municipal Elevator through a city park over to the falls. This will give you a different view than from the highway. There is also a walking bridge across the highway that will allow you to come closer to the falls. Current plans are being made to reclaim the land around the fall... More 

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