Willamette Falls is a horseshoe-shaped basalt cascade that divides the upper and lower reaches of the Willamette River. which is an American Heritage River. The 52' falls lie 14 miles upriver from Portland by car and 26 river miles from the Columbia. They were the heart of pioneer industry in the Oregon Territory.
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Willamette Falls Locks: National Treasure and an Oregon "Most Endangered Place":
CLOSED LOCKS CREATE A DIVIDED WILLAMETTE
The Corps of Engineers closed the Willamette Falls Navigation Canal and Locks in West Linn in November for repairs to the gudgeon arms and anchors on Gates 2, 3, and 4 that will require a significant maintenance investment. The Corps has not identified any funds to carry out those (assumed to be needed) repairs.
River-users value the importance of maintaining the option of marine freight and recreation through our locks. An example of the financial benefit of being able to lock large cargoes around Willamette Falls was the passage this year of the Canby Ferry, down to Portland in January and back to Canby in July, which saved Clackamas County approximately $500,000. The One Willamette River Coalition seeks to identify a new owner for the canal and locks to ensure that the future economic and recreational potential of our 1873 locks is realized. The Coalition is currently fund-raising for an "Economic Benefits" study of the locks' impact on Oregon's Willamette Valley economy.
Whether you are a recreational boater, a marine business, a lover of heritage, or interested in river-based tourism, contact the One Willamette River Coalition, at 503-655-0649, if you'd like to contribute or be added to our mailing list.
"Art Contemplates Industry: Bull Run Powerhouse" Catalog Available
Marvel at the views of artists of three historic Clackamas County hydropower plants, as documented in our collection of project catalogs. See Bull Run Powerhouse, T.W. Sullivan Powerhouse, and the Hawley Pulp and Paper Company Powerhouse (no longer in existence) through the eyes of some of the region's finest artists and photographers.