Our Mission: Preserving and sharing the stories of human enterprise and the power of the water at the great falls of the Willamette River

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 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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Liam Hill (green shirt), second-grader at Stafford Primary School in West Linn, is surrounded by fascinated students at the recent Science Fair as he demonstrates his working model of Willamette Falls Locks. Liam and Dad took the liberty of reducing the number of lift chambers, but the flowing water and floating boat amply demonstrated how to use a water stairway like our locks at Willamette Falls.



Please click Here to learn more about the locks status.

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"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.