Koosah Falls

McKenzie Bridge, Oregon 97413 USA

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“Two breathtaking waterfalls”

Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls are located on the old "Clear Lake Cutoff" section of Highway 126. These falls mark the terminus of two thick flows of basaltic andesite lava that dammed Clear Lake and moved into the McKenzie River 3,000 years ago. The results are two breathtaking waterfalls with foaming white water cascades in between. Sahalie (or "Heaven") and Koosah (or "Sky") are Chinook Jargon words - part of a rudimentary trade language that allowed people to exchange news and goods in the area. The Kalapuya, Molalla, Sahaptain and Chinook peoples traveled and traded here, perhaps on their way to obtain obsidian in the high Cascades or to gather huckleberries.

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June 17, 2015

Falls 80-120 feet (24-37 m) over an abrupt lava cap to the waiting pool below. Take Highway 126, turn left at Ice Cap Campground, then to a small parking area.

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Koosah Falls

McKenzie Bridge, Oregon
97413 USA

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