Willamette Falls

Rediscover

the Falls

Save the date – Willamette Falls Riverwalk Design Celebration at OMSI on June 3!

Natural Treasure

One of Oregon’s most spectacular wonders is about to be rediscovered. Willamette Falls is the second most powerful waterfall in North America and an important Oregon historical and cultural treasure.

For more than 150 years, the awe-inspiring beauty of Willamette Falls has been closed to the public. Soon, it won’t be. Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro, the Governor’s Regional Solutions Team and the site’s private owners, along with a dedicated team of community advocates, businesspeople and interested members of the public, are working to bring the Falls back to the people. Long-term plans include a public riverwalk along the edge of the Willamette River and a thriving, connected, downtown Oregon City with room for housing, public spaces, habitat restoration, education and employment.

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Riverwalk Design

The first step in the Willamette Falls Legacy Project is beginning to take shape. Design and planning of the riverwalk is underway.

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Grounded in Science: Project Site Conservation

Restoring habitat at the Willamette Falls Legacy Project site provides an exceptional opportunity to conserve sensitive habitats and species while connecting people with regional and local conservation priorities.

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Four Core Values

Four core values, identified by the project partners early in the process, guide redevelopment of the Willamette Falls site.

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Grounded in Science: Project Site Conservation

Restoring habitat at the Willamette Falls Legacy Project site provides an exceptional opportunity to conserve sensitive habitats and species while connecting people with regional and local conservation priorities.

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Willamette Falls Geology: A Story of Two Floods

We sat down with Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University, to learn more about what fascinating historic and geologic events came together to create the falls we see today.

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