Willamette Falls
Willamette Falls
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,527 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Solo
Not appealing. I watched the falls from the promenade, and I was able to see all the commercial and industrial buildings adjacent to the waterfalls. With such buildings at sight, the waterfalls became less appealing and appeared to be contaminated.
Written September 2, 2023
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LJT
Winnipeg, Canada106 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Couples
We were staying in Oregon City a few days while visiting Portland, and decided to check out the viewpoint at the falls. It's free and easy to get to, so worth the stop - but the view isn't that impressive. The place has a lot of historical significance, so it's worth reading the plaques. But likely due to the development on the river, the falls themselves are pretty unremarkable.

If you do visit, avoid parking at the viewpoint along the river during busy traffic times - it's nearly impossible to get out! Park further away and walk, or go during a slower time.
Written June 3, 2023
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,891 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Couples
The picture on Trip Advisor is actually of the dam, which is not particularly impressive. You can't actually see the falls - they have been inaccessible for 150 years. There are apparantly plans to renovate the area as its mainly full of derelict industrial plant and buildings currently and not at all attractive. This would also provide a route to the falls. However, when this will happen who knows. As it stands I couldn't recommend.
Written July 15, 2022
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Sandra K
Mosier, Oregon, United States116 contributions
Apr. 2022
suggest you take the time to check out all side roads and the bridge at 7th street to peek at the falls.
Written April 19, 2022
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Matthew G
Portland, OR1 contribution
Jul. 2021 • Couples
This is a very underutilized and under developed area of the Willamette. There’s an old mill right by the falls that’s a total eyesore and should’ve been torn down a long time ago. The city decided to kill the idea for a recreation and water access area there and you can’t see the falls from the viewpoint from the road. This spot could be much better utilized by the city with some proper planning.
Written July 22, 2021
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POSHtravelier
Waterbury, VT225 contributions
Aug. 2020
Maybe it is that you are distanced from the falls or the falls are located in a decrepit industrial location, but it is really not all that impressive
Written August 28, 2020
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MEPHX
Phoenix, AZ171 contributions
Jul. 2020
Very disappointing. There is no good place to see the falls without kayaking. There is no view of the falls from the highway scenic turnout across the river from the town in July when all the trees are leaved out - maybe you can see the falls from here in the winter. We walked along a promenade on top of the cliff, at the top of the municipal elevator, which was a nice walk on a flat surface, but the viewing the falls is still not great. When we were there only one panel of the dam was open so there was very little water flowing anyway. The river is lined with a power plant and old factory buildings - not a pretty river view. Not worth the drive from Portland to see these falls.
Written July 29, 2020
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Doug M
Spring Hill, TN4 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Couples
Waste of my life. Don't waste yours. No signage. No parking. Not promoted with viewing sites. Poor angle to view. A local shook his head as we talked about places to pull off.
Written July 7, 2020
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gagarin239
19 contributions
Jun. 2019
The falls are beautiful, but Oregon official spit on tourists, because there is no place to look on them. Second biggest in North America falls are not a tourist attraction at all, there is no infrastructure, no excursions, no nothing. Best seen from kayak, but there is no rental service.
Written January 7, 2020
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leahlo91017
Oregon City, OR37 contributions
Nov. 2019
The willamette falls are historic and beautiful, they may be small but oh so worth seeing. Summer time when the sun sets is perfect. But if you are traveling through in the winter it’s worth the trip as well.
Written November 17, 2019
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