Palouse Falls is a remote waterfall on the Palouse River. It sits 4 mi (6.4 km) upstream from where the river joins the Snake River. Both of these formed in the state of Washington, in the United States.
As a result of their beauty, the falls constitute the central feature of the Palouse Falls State Park.
In 1984, the government also proposed to construct a 98 ft (30 m) high dam upstream from the falls, to provide less expensive hydroelectricity for the region. Yet, a significant majority of local residents voted against the construction as they preferred to retain the higher electric rates in return for preserving the falls.
Palouse Falls Characteristics and Origins
This also represents a two-tiered waterfall. The first drop is small, with the upper falls measuring only 18 ft (5.9 m). The second drop lies approximately 1,000 ft (305 m) from the upper falls. The lower falls portion is about 180 ft (55 m). In addition, both sections of the falls lie within a canyon which measures roughly 337 ft (115 m) in depth and is surrounded by vast scablands.
The Missoula Floods which swept through the region repeatedly during the Pleistocene Epoch formed both the canyon and falls.
Due to its beauty, in 2014 Palouse Falls became the official waterfall of Washington State.