Willamette River Initiative

Willamette River Initiative

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Willamette Falls is the largest existing waterfall by volume in the Pacific Northwest - second in the United States after Niagara Falls. It is also one of the last remaining places where Native American tribal members can gather to fish for Pacific lamprey, as they have for thousands of years. Read more about this remarkable site and how new efforts to redevelop the old Blue Heron paper mill are looking to highlight and enhance the special natural features and historical significance of Willamette Falls.
Harkens Lake is an historically important Willamette River floodplain. Public land managers, private landowners and Greenbelt Land Trust have been working together to conserve and restore over 600 acres in this area.
What makes Talking Water Gardens unique? The wetland was constructed on a 50-acre site of a former lumber mill and hosts roaring waterfalls, meandering streams, and quiet views, all connected by a network of trails. Specifically designed features encourage the public to walk the two miles of trails, discover overlooks, and view birds and other wildlife.
Most Oregonians know Multnomah Falls as the highest waterfall in our state. But did you know the second highest is in the Willamette Basin? Salt Creek Falls towers more than 280 feet over Salt Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork Willamette River.