White River Falls State Park, Oregon

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White River Falls State Park

Cascading White River Falls forms the highlight of a visit to White River Falls State Park, a beautiful day-use recreation area along eastern Oregon’s historic and scenic White River.

  • The waterfall cascades 90’ over a basalt shelf in the heart of White River Falls State Park.
  • Located 39 miles south of The Dalles on Highway 216, near Tygh Valley.
  • Hiking, scenic views, and fly fishing can be enjoyed here.


Visitors will find no better scene for appreciating the geological and historical wonders of the Oregon high desert than White River Falls State Park. This recreation area near the spot where the wild, lovely White River empties into the Deschutes offers a shady retreat from the surrounding desert landscape. White River Falls, plummeting 90 feet over a shelf of volcanic basalt, is the park’s crowning glory.

This State Park provides a welcome diversion from city hustle and bustle, with its desert flowers, hiking trails, and views of the Oregon countryside. A piece of Oregon history is embodied in the old hydroelectric plant at the base of the falls; this power plant supplied the area with electricity from 1910 to 1960.

Location & Information

White River Falls State Park can be reached via Highway 216. The park is situated 39 miles south of The Dalles and 6 miles east of Tygh Valley. Open spring – fall for day use only. For park information, call 1 (800) 551-6949.


  • Sightseeing: Viewpoints overlooking White River Falls provide visitors several different perspectives; interesting rock formations tell the area’s volcanic history; the desert flowers bloom in late spring.
  • Hiking: a short yet rugged ¼-mile trail leads down to the historic hydroelectric plant.
  • Fishing: Fly fishing for trout is popular along the White River in season.

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