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Willamette Falls

Highway 99E and Interstate 205, 102 McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City, OR 97045
+1 503-275-8355
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Industrial zone with a formerly beautiful falls in the background

It's hard not to stare at this place and be incredulous at what some will call "progress." The... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
Take the Elevator and Walk the Trail Overlooking the Falls

Oregon City is a surprise. Beautiful downtown, murals and an odd elevator that takes you to the... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
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“the river” (27 reviews)
“power plant” (6 reviews)
Highway 99E and Interstate 205, 102 McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City, OR 97045
+1 503-275-8355
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

It's hard not to stare at this place and be incredulous at what some will call "progress." The hulking masses of rusting steel industrial buildings completely dwarf the falls, which have been heavily altered by the power plant and completely overshadowed by industry. One day,...More

Thank MouseDance
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Oregon City is a surprise. Beautiful downtown, murals and an odd elevator that takes you to the ridge overlooking the city and Willamette Falls. The Blue Heron Paper Co. is defunct and derelict; they totally controlled the Falls for decades. Now it's a crumbling ruin...More

Thank RushCubFan
Reviewed 25 October 2017

I was in Oregon recently and we stopped on Highway99E? I believe, at the viewing point to observe these falls. It is a good job I looked on Tripadviser to see them as there was so much greenery in between the wall and river blocking...More

Thank Sheena S
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

A friend & I took a boat about as close as anyone would dare to the falls. I know there are places up above that you can check them out as well. We we're here fishing and had great luck. There are a ton of...More

Thank Bryan K
Reviewed 15 September 2017

From the view above you can imagine the historic value to the early pioneers of the power of the falls. Has been harnessed to provide lumber in past, paper products most recent, and future plans call for development involving shops, restaurants, etc. Will be interesting...More

Thank Bob K
Reviewed 11 September 2017

There is a turn out to see the falls from the highway with interesting signage. The second view is from up on the cliff which is reached by Oregon City Municipal Elevator (free). After exiting walk right till you are over the falls. It is...More

Thank margaretcov
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A lady from the Oregon City Planning Department took our men's group through the old paper mill to the viewing deck immediately above the east end of the falls. Went past the original power plant that provided the first electricity to the city of Portland.

Thank duckfanOregon
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Willamette Falls is a very large waterfall, and close up pictures make it look stunning. That's the catch, though-close up. Currently there are no good places to see the waterall from unless you are on the water. We barely saw anything besides the general shape,...More

Thank drrkbrnng
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Willamette Falls was the stopping point of many coming west on the Oregon Trail. It is where many pioneers stopped to begin their lives at the North end of the broad Willamette Valley. John McLoughlin, an early pioneer, built his house near the Falls. It...More

1  Thank Deborah W
Reviewed 13 August 2017

What is most interesting about this view is seeing the potential of the area. It is about to be rejuvenated, if the plans are approved and completed.

1  Thank WildHare2128
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25 October 2017|
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Response from Bigdog0624 | Reviewed this property |
yes boat rides are available through Willamette jet boat. However I do not believe that they operate year-round. The weather in Oregon during November December January is usually rainy and about 45 to 50 degrees. Keep that... More
25 October 2017|
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Response from VictoryVisionTim | Reviewed this property |
Depending upon what part of Lake Oswego you are in it is between 6 and 8 Miles. There is a jet boat that leaves Portland and goes to the Falls which is a lot of fun. It may not run all year around so best to Google it and... More
28 September 2015|
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Response from Trackman55 | Reviewed this property |
I would not go just for the falls. If you want a local experience and do the elevator, short hike, museum and then lunch in downtown maybe but in December it might be less than perfect weather