WATERFALLS

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JACKSON COUNTY WATERFALLS
From Prospect, Union Creek, Hwy 62, heading south to Medford & Ashland.

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Prospect Falls
Elevation: 2469 feet
Latitude: 42.74556 N
Longitude: 122.49528W
USGS: Prospect S. 7 1/2
Height: 50' Width: 20'
Falls Type: Cascade
Source: Springs
Stream: Rogue River
Watershed: Rogue River
Best Flows: Spring

Facilities
 

Information
Prospect Falls is a moderate series of cascades long the Rogue River immediately outside the small town of Prospect, south of Crater Lake. The river drops through a chiseled wall of block and slides and skips down a series of small steps before petering into a long stretch of boulders, totaling about 50 vertical feet in height. This waterfall would be much more impressive if the Rogue River hadn't been harnessed in a hydroelectric scheme just upstream of the waterfall - because of which the flow of the river is almost always greatly reduced and the falls are more of an afterthought to the area. If you manage to visit when the river is running at full force, this is a decent attraction, but otherwise its worth skipping in favor of the falls on nearby Mill and Barr Creeks.
 
PROSPECT FALLS is the Adopted name of this waterfall. To the best of our knowledge this cascade has never been officially named - the current title was coined in 1983 by Greg Plumb in the book "Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest".

Location
Prospect Falls is located just outside the town of Prospect. Following Highway 62 south from Crater Lake, turn east on Mill Creek Road about 2/3 of a mile north of the Highway's crossing of the Rogue River. Follow Mill Creek Road through town for approximately one mile to the bridge spanning the Rogue River and park in the large turnout on the left before the bridge. Paralleling the canyon, walk through the woods for 100 feet to an old roadbed, then follow the road for 500 feet towards the river until an unobstructed angle of the canyon and falls comes into view.

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Natural Bridge Falls
Elevation: 3202 feet
Latitude: 42.89 N
Longitude: 122.465 W
USGS: Union Creek 71/2
Height: 15'  Width: 30'
Falls Type: Cascade
Source: Springs
Stream: Rogue River
Watershed: Rogue River
Best Flow: Year Round

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Natural Bridge Falls is a minor cascade along the Rogue River immediately below its namesake Natural Bridge. The Rogue River has occupied a short lava tube, submerging itself underground for a few hundred feet, then billowing out and cascading 15 feet over a jumbled chute. This isn't so much a waterfall as a violent rapid. It was decided to leave it in as a clarifier and because its been prominently discussed in Greg Plumb's "Waterfall Lovers Guide" books.

Location
Natural Bridge Falls is located adjacent to Natural Bridge and near Union Creek along Highway 62 west of Crater Lake National Park. The trailhead is located at the Natural Bridge day use area, a mile south of Union Creek. The falls are seen from the footbridge leading to the viewpoint of the Natural Bridge itself.
 
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Barr Creek Falls
Elevation: 2443 feet
Latitude: 42.73776 N
Longitude: 122.49524W
USGS: Prospect S. 71/2
Height: 240'  Width: 20'
Type: Tiered - 3 Drops
Stream: Barr Creek
Watershed: Rogue River
Best Flows: Spring

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Barr Creek Falls is a multi-stepped waterfall in the Rogue River Canyon near Prospect, Oregon. Barr Creek bisects the southern end of the Prospect Airfield, then drops over a 60 foot fall which is mostly obscured by trees, then cascades 30 feet and finally plunges 150 feet to the canyon floor. Barr Creek doesn't hold a large volume of water, so the falls range from an explosive torrent during the spring to a more delicate veil later in the summer. When the flow is right, a second segment forms adjacent to the final drop of the falls (it appears on a recent visit that debris has plugged this channel partially, causing the segment to run dry more often than not now).
 
According to Oregon Geographic Names, Barr Creek was named for the presence of a cattle bar to prevent cattle from straying out of a ranch that runs along the creek. The falls were named for the creek.

Location
Barr Creek Falls is located just outside of Prospect, off of Highway 62. Take Mill Creek Road through the town of Prospect to the Mill Creek Falls Trailhead, about 1 1/2 miles south of Highway 62. Follow the trail down hill for about 1/2 mile to its end at an unguarded overlook at the rim of the canyon.

Photo & Info used by permission of Northwest Waterfall Survey

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Mill Creek Falls
Elevation: 00 feet
Latitude: 42.74028 N
Longitude: 122.49528W
USGS: Prospect S. 71/2
Height: 173'  Width: 15'
Falls Type: Plunge
Stream: Mill Creek
Watershed: Rogue River
Best Flows: Year Round

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Mill Creek Falls is the centerpiece behind the Mill Creek Falls Scenic Area developed by Boise Cascade just outside of the small town of Prospect. The falls hurtle 173 feet into the Rogue River Gorge in an explosive manor, luring eagerly approaching visitors like a siren in the distance. Though Mill Creek does exhibit somewhat of a seasonal fluctuation of flow, the falls don't change their appearance much at all, making this a good destination any time of the year.

The town of Prospect was settled in 1882, so it is likely the falls were discovered around then, but it is not known by whom or when exactly. Early photographs of the falls were commonly taken from the bottom of the Rogue River canyon.

Location
Mill Creek Falls is located just outside the town of Prospect. Following Highway 62 south from Crater Lake, turn east on Mill Creek Road about 2/3 of a mile north of the Highway's crossing of the Rogue River. Follow Mill Creek Road through town for 1 1/2 miles to the marked trailhead. The falls are seen after hiking slightly less than half a mile down the trail. The trail system does appear somewhat confusing, so follow what appears to be an old road if in doubt and listen for the sound of the falls.

Photo & Info used by permission of Northwest Waterfall Survey

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Knob Falls
Elevation: 3040 feet
Latitude: 42.879170 N
122.48611042.87917W
USGS: Union Crk 71/2
Height: 15'  Width: 15'
Falls Type: Punchbowl
Source: Springs
Stream: Rogue River
Watershed: Rogue River
Best Flows: Year Round

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Knob Falls is one of a multitude of small waterfalls on the upper Rogue River in the vicinity of Union Creek on the west side of Crater Lake National Park. The falls occur where the river bends around a headland, constrict and plunge about 15 feet into a narrow pool. This may be the most vertical of all the waterfalls along the Rogue River, but it isn't terribly noteworthy. If time is a luxury you possess while in the area, the stroll to the falls is nice and the rocks below provide good lunch spots, but if you are pressed for time and want to see the better waterfalls in the area, skip this one.

Official name is KNOB FALLS. The known Alternate Name is: Lower Natural Bridge Falls. The name of the falls stems from the large bedrock "knob" where the river bends sharply. The falls are referenced in A Waterfall Lovers Guide to the Pacific Northwest as Lower Natural Bridge Falls.

Location
Knob Falls is located near Natural Bridge and Union Creek along Highway 62 west of Crater Lake National Park. The trailhead is located at the Natural Bridge day use area, a mile south of Union Creek. Find the Upper Rogue Trail (signed for Woodruff Bridge) and follow it for just under 1 1/2 miles to the obvious "knob" where the river bends 180 degrees - a trail follows the promontory to the falls.
Photo & Info used by permission of Northwest Waterfall Survey

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Pearsoney Falls
Elevation: 2481 feet
Latitude: 42.74508 N
Longitude: 122.48954W
USGS  Prospect S. 71/2
Height: 12'  Width: 25'
Falls Type: Segmented
Stream: Mill Creek
Watershed: Rogue River
Best Flows: Year Round

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Pearsoney Falls is a small cascade along Mill Creek about 1/4 mile upstream of the much more worthy Mill Creek Falls. The falls cascade about 12 feet where the creek splits around a small island - the majority of the volume of the creek staying to the far side of the island (the smaller channel may run dry in the late summer). The falls are worth seeing if planning on hiking the trail system in Prospect, but focus on the larger waterfalls downstream first, then only if you have time, come see this one. Pearsoney Falls was named for a pair of families who settled in the Prospect area, the Pearsons and the Mooneys.

Location
Pearsoney Falls is located just outside the town of Prospect. Following Highway 62 south from Crater Lake, turn east on Mill Creek Road about 2/3 of a mile north of the Highway's crossing of the Rogue River. Follow Mill Creek Road through town for 3/4 of a mile to the large parking area on the left side of the road (if you cross the Rogue River you've gone too far). Follow the trail from the north side of the parking lot for about 1/5 of a mile to the falls.
Photo & Info used by permission of Northwest Waterfall Survey

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Union Creek Falls
Elevation: 3679 feet
Latitude: 42.91917 N
Longitude: 122.3875W
USGS: Union Crk 71/2
Height: ?  Width: ?
Falls Type: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Stream: Union Creek
Watershed: Rogue River
Facilities: ?

Information
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Butte Falls
Elevation: 2358 feet
Latitude: 42.545 N
Longitude: 122.56194W
USGS: Butte Falls 7 1/2"
Height: apx. 10'
Stream: Big Butte Creek
Watershed: Rogue River
Best Flows: Spring
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Butte Falls is located in Butte falls, Oregon. In the early 1900's, a water-powered sawmill situated right at the Falls of Butte Creek led to the founding of the nearby town of Butte Falls. Today, a viewing deck overlooks the falls and picnic areas are featured for visitors to enjoy the scenery. Butte Falls may be the only community with a cattle guard at its entrance. When you cross the cattle guard, it is time to slow down. Don't let the size of Butte Falls deceive you.
 
Location
Located aprx 40 miles northeast of Medford. To find Butte Falls, turn right off Hwy 62, 4 miles north of Eagle Point, it is a scenic drive up the Butte Falls Highway aprx 15 miles to the town.
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Dillon Falls
Elevation: 1089 feet
Latitude: 42.45806 N
Longitude: 123.02528 W
USGS: Gold Hill 7 1/2"
Height & Width: Unknown
Falls Type: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Stream: Rogue River
Watershed: Rogue River
Best Flows: Unknown

Information
DILLON FALLS is the Official name of this waterfall. Known Alternate Name is: Nugget Falls, Hayes Falls, and Tolo Falls. We are currently looking for more info. If you have some, let us know! "Add More Info" at bottom of page.

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Emigrant Creek Falls
Elevation: 3525 feet
Latitude: 42.06 N
Longitude: 122.54861 W
USGS: Siskiyou Pass 71/2
Height - Width: Unknown
Falls Type: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Stream: Emigrant Creek
Watershed: Rogue River
Best Flows: Unknown
Facilities ?

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EMIGRANT CREEK FALLS is the Unofficial name of this waterfall. Currently looking for more info. If you have some, let us know! "Add More Info" at bottom of page.

Location
We believe Emigrant Falls is remotely located halfway between Emigrant Lake County Recreation Area (North) and Iron Gate Reservoir to the South. Please Verify.

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Chocolate Falls
Elevation: 3111 feet
Latitude: 42.02222 N
Longitude: 122.63444 W
USGS: Mt. Ashland 7 1/2"
Height & Width: Unknown
Falls Type: Unknown
Stream: UnKnown
Watershed: Klamath River
Best Flows: Unknown

Information
CHOCOLATE FALLS is the Official name of this waterfall. Searching for more information. Currently looking for more info. If you have some, let us know! "Add More Info" at bottom of page.

Location
We believe Chocolate Falls is remotely located halfway between Mt Ashland and Pilot Rock, near Colestine Rd and Interstate 5. Please Verify.

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