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Palouse Falls State Park

Parent Category: Washington Parks & Refuges
Created: 04 July 2017

Photo taken at Palouse Falls State Park, Washington state 

 Address: 

 Palouse Falls State Park
 Palouse Falls Rd, LaCrosse,
 WA 99143, USA

 Phone:   (509) 646-9218
 Hours:   Summer: 6:30 am – dusk,
 winter: 8 am - dusk
 Acreage:   105
 Visitor’s Information:   Discover Pass is needed


Pictures below will take you on a virtual tour through a breathtaking Palouse Falls State Park. Enjoy the beauty of our beloved Washington State!

Photo taken at Palouse Falls State Park, Washington state

Description:

Palouse River flows at the south-eastern part of Washington State until it reaches the canyon, creating an impressive spectacle, the name of which is “Palouse Waterfall”. It is located at Palouse Falls State Park, a 105-acres amazing park, which spreads its territories over a part of Franklin County and a part of Whitman County. This unique park has an interesting geology and history. But of course it is the most recognizable by Palouse Falls, which are not only one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the state but are as well one of the symbols of Washington State.

Photo taken at Palouse Falls State Park, Washington state 

Here the Palouse River is cascading over a 180-feet cliff and falling down into a small round lake, encircled by sheer cliffs, and continues flowing through a small and beautiful river canyon. Geologically this canyon is not much older than 10,000 years. During the ice age the canyon was not here, the waterfall was not here, even the river wasn’t even here. The canyon was carved by a massive waters of a huge “Ice Age Flood” of Missoula Lake, which also managed to change the a little the direction of Palouse River itself.

The State Park was created here on the third of June, 1951, and now this amazing place invites thousands of tourists to view this magnificent natural wonder. Any waterfall is spectacular in itself, but there are such specimens in the world that you can admire for hours ... Palouse Fall is one of them - incredibly beautiful, majestic! 

In summer, near the stream of water, a rainbow shines, and in winter this powerful waterfall freezes, but does not lose its picturesque charm. And if you want to see Palouse Falls in their fullest we recommend visiting Palouse Falls State Park in middle-late spring.

Photo taken at Palouse Falls State Park, Washington state 

Among the facilities and amenities the Palouse Falls State Park  offers are the following:

- Restrooms

- Hiking trails (one is ADA accessible)

- Campground (which offers 11 primitive campsites (one of them is ADA accessible). Each campsite has a picnic table, fire-pit, it can host two tents (up to four people), drinking water April – October)

- Day-use / Picnic area (one shelter with the brazier and picnic table, seven braziers, fifteen picnic tables, the picnic area itself covers the territory of 2 acres)

- Interpretive panels

It also should be mentioned that the facilities of the day-use area as well as the sites of the campground are working on first come – first served basis.

Photo taken at Palouse Falls State Park, Washington state 

What is also important to know for a park visitor is that Palouse Falls State Park doesn’t have a kiosk for credit card payment, that is why only cash or check payment is possible here. Also prepare small bills, as you will not be able to change money there.

These pictures were taken on May 15, 2017

Driving Directions:

From Ellensburg, you should drive east on I-90 toward I-82/Spokane/Yakima for about 28 miles. Then take exit 137 to get onto WA-26 east in the direction of Othello/Pullman. After driving 83 more miles, you will reach a town of Washtucna. Here take the right turn onto Main Street and drive through Washtucna.

Drive further southwest along Main Street for 6.4 miles, entering into Franklin County. Then take the left turn to WA-261 S. The signs for Palouse Falls State Park will indicate that you are on the right way. Drive another 8.5 miles. Turn left to Palouse Falls Road. After about 2.4 miles you will enter the park.

GPS Coordinates: N 46 39.835 W 118 13.637

In order to get directions click on the map below:

 

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska

Information: Svetlana Baranova

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