"Palouse Falls" Palouse Falls State Park by JessieLang

Palouse Falls State Park Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 38 photos

What happened

Palouse Falls was created during the last Ice Age. A huge ice dam blocked the Clark Fork River in Idaho and created Glacial Lake Missoula. Repeated failures of the ice dam created some of the largest floods ever.

The flood waters created steep, scenic canyons and even changed the course of the river as it cut through the fractured basalt rock

The Park

Spring is probably the best time to visit, when a large volume of water is roaring over the falls. Sometimes a lot of eastern Washington soil comes with it, and the water is brownish. In the fall, especially in a dry year, you will see much less water and a lot of rock.

There are hiking trails going along the rocks by the falls, but there is also a paved handicap path from the parking lot to several good viewpoints.

There are toilets--sort of an upscale outhouse.

Palouse Falls State Park is open year round, from 6:30 a.m. to dusk, and admission is free. (If you aren't staying, be out by closing time because a locked gate will be across the road.)

Camping is available ($12 per night) and there are campground hosts in residence. There are two handicap campsites on the lower parking lot.

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  • In a nutshell:Beautiful scenery with a geology lesson
  • Last visit to Palouse Falls State Park: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated Apr 8, 2011
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