Central Oregon's White River Falls plunges 90' over a basalt shelf, testament to the violent geological forces that carved the region millions of years ago. An overlook is a short walk from the parking area.
A steep, rough .7-mile trail takes hikers deep into the canyon to the historic hydroelectric power plant at the base of the falls, then on to Lower White River Falls. One of the first hydroelectric power plants in Oregon, it supplied electricity to Wasco and Sherman Counties from 1910-1963.
The park is open year-round, though the main parking lot and flush restroom close during winter. Spring is the best time to see the waterfall's thunderous flow; by fall it slows to a few trickles.
Caution Swimming is not recommended due to deadly and unpredictable river currents.
Yes, the park is open year-round. The main parking lot and flush restrooms close Nov. 1 – March 14. Walk-in access and parking is at the main gate in the winter months. Portable toilets are provided through the winter.
White River Falls State Park is day use only. The gates close at dusk and open at 7 am. Camping is not allowed. There is camping nearby on the Deschutes River.
Kayaking at the White River Falls State Park is not permitted. Kayakers can access the Deschutes River. A boater pass is required on the Deschutes River.
Swimming is not recommended due to dangerous river currents.
We do not recommend any vehicles over 24 feet enter the park. The parking lot is small with limited turnaround space.
This park can not accomodate group events over 50. While there are picnic tables for day use, there are no picnic shelters, and limited parking.
Once known as Tygh Valley State Wayside, Pacific Power and Light Company gave the state 255.13 acres in 1969. In 1970, the state received a patent on 40 acres formerly held by the Bureau of Land Management. In 1978, a land exchanged with a private property owner completed the park. Pacific Power and Light Company acquired the White River Falls area for hydroelectric generation in 1910 and produced electricity here to 1963.