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Palouse Falls State Park
PALOUSE FALLS STATE PARK
PALOUSE FALLS STATE PARK
Palouse Falls State Park
'Palouse Falls'

Palouse Falls State Park
'Wheat scape'

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Wheat fields in the Palouse area

Palouse Falls State Park
'Palouse Falls'

Palouse Falls State Park
'Palouse Falls'

Palouse Falls State Park
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one of 3 grassy sections at the park

Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park

Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park
'Palouse Falls'

Palouse Falls State Park
'Palouse Canyon'
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Looking South from Palouse Falls State Park.

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'Roaring'
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Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park
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These chubby little guys are common in the park and some will even pose for you

Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park
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Facing the falls, follow the trail to the left and you will see these mini falls. You can hike down to them if you continue on the trail

Palouse Falls State Park
'April Runoff'

Spring showers and melting snow created this caldron of raging mud and water.

Palouse Falls State Park
'The Palouse Falls'
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Palouse Falls State Park
'Summer at the Falls'
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Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park
© Jason Tomlinson Michelle Niemeyer

Palouse Falls State Park
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Palouse Falls State Park
'Palouse Falls'

Palouse Falls State Park is a 105-acre camping park with a unique geology and history. The park offers a dramatic view of one of the state's most beautiful waterfalls. Palouse Falls drops from a height of 200 feet.
History of the Area
The park was dedicated June 3, 1951. For many years the falls were called "Aputapat." Later, the name was changed to commemorate the Palouse Indian culture.

According to a story of the Palouse tribe, the Palouse River once flowed smoothly into the Snake. But four giant brothers, in pursuit of a mythic creature called "Big Beaver," speared the great creature five times. Each time Big Beaver was wounded, he gouged the canyon walls, causing the river to bend and change. The fifth time he was speared, he fought the brothers valiantly and tore out a huge canyon. The river tumbled over a cliff at this point to become Palouse Falls. The jagged canyon walls show the deep marks of Big Beaver's claws.
Camping
Camping Fees : Please note that the following general fee information is not customized for each individual park, so not all fees will apply to all parks (for example, primitive campsite and dump station fees listed apply only to parks that have primitive campsites and dump stations).

Standard campsite, $15.

Utility campsite, $21.

Primitive campsite (accessible by motorized/non-motorized vehicles) and for water trail camping, $10

An additional $3 fee (standard) or $5 fee (utility) may be charged for select premium campsites at some parks.

Maximum eight people per campsite.

Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.

Dump stations (if available): Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.

More about park hours : Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Length of stay: you may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.

Campsite Information : The park has 10 tent spaces (one ADA), one dump station and two restrooms (both ADA). One tent site is ADA-compliant. Sites have no hook-ups. Maximum site length is 40 feet (may have limited availability). Braziers are available. All campsites are first-come, first-served.
Boats and RVs
KJ Watersports - Coulee City, WAStorage
We rent premium well maintained equipment including SKI BOATS, JET SKIS, and PONTOON BOATS We are located at Sunbanks Lake Resort outside of Electric City, which is 20 minutes from Steamboat Rock State Park, 35 minutes from Sun Lakes State Park, as well as only 5 minutes from Grand Coulee Dam. We also deliver to the surrounding areas. Call 509-681-0283 or 509-633-8079
95.6 miles from park*
Metalite Industries - Spokane, WABoat Dealer
An industry leading series of high quality, reliable, durable and complete pontoon leisure craft and work boats. These classic custom pontoon watercraft products are designed to meet the demands of owners and the public for safety, comfort and long lasting value.
80.4 miles from park*


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Picnicking
The park provides one sheltered picnic area with eight braziers and 10 unsheltered picnic tables with two acres of picnicking area. Picnic sites are first-come, first-served.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 23 A must see. Easy to view falls by Gypsyjean
Breathtaking,I could watch the falls all day! it is easy to view from parking lot for those with disabilities or young ones.Beautiful, lots of birds,grassy camping. Trails to the lower falls easy to hike. Top falls or to go down below is not easy for most. planning a trip back soon.
August 14 Sell family by Rick Sell
Agnes Sell was my great grandmother. My parents and I are looking for long lost relatives. Message to rsell@neo.rr.com
October 21 Family Please Read!!! by Melinda Callahan-Evans
For those of you posting here that you are related to Agnes Sell, please contact me. I too am related to Agnes, she was my great, great grandmother. I am looking for family info to add to our family tree... more so, I am looking for family! Thanks! I can be contacted at mcallahanevans@gmail.com.
July 28 nice by grt
its a very nice place to go camping thers lots of trees in the campsite so your alwats cool, and thers lots of things to do there you could go hiking fishing cliff diving its a blast
July 14 Great Veiw - Poor Camping by Four Season Camper
The view is fabulous, but would not recommend for camping.
August 27 Still Part Of The Family by Horse Luvr
me and my family visited the falls this summer. my grandfathers mothers mother was Agne Sells. she homesteaded part of the land. and later gave it to the state.
June 19
May 26 One of the Best by 5 times
Tremendous falls, in the winter it is better than Niagara falls, in summer great swimming and water fun. Be careful in the heat!
May 11 Impressive falls! by Star
The geological diminution of the region is a representation of a time of glacial action. The power of the Palouse River is seen as it cuts through the igneous rock prevalent to the area. The falls itself is an impressive site. If you look carefully you can see the animal inhabitants.
April 12 My favorite memories in life... by DrFxt
Being a part of the parks begining history I have to say it is an excellent camping place. There used to be a concession stand in the park when it first opened. The first park ranger, my Grandfather, and his wife, my grandmother, ran the park and planted most of the plant life you see today. As a child I spent many memorable days exploring upstream as well as down. Explorers beware the rattlers. My Grandmothers mother, Agnes Sell, donated a good portion of the land which the park sits on. My family still owns property up to the parks borders.


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Located 23 miles southeast of Washtucna, Wash.

From SR 261 : Drive 13.5 miles west of Starbuck, or 14.4 miles southwest of the SR 261 and SR 260 junction and take Palouse Falls Rd. east.

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