Reminder: Friday Final Day To Visit Multnomah Falls Before It’s Shut Off For Season
The leaves are falling and the weather is turning, and with that comes the swan song for the Gorge’s most famous waterfall. On Friday, U.S. Forest Service officials will be turning off Multnomah Falls for the season. The waterfall, which takes four people turning a giant crank to turn off, means a sharp drop-off in out of town tourists, Instagram influencers, lifted Ford F-150 Raptors, and amateur photographers.
The Forest Service began turning off the waterfall in 2016 when the Department of the Interior was gutted by the Trump administration. “We just don’t have the funding to keep it in operation year-round anymore” remarked Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. “It takes four 900 megawatt generators to keep this bad boy cascading. Along with the staff to keep it running safely it’s just become too costly given budget constraints.“
This Friday is also the Falls’ closing party. Visitors travel from all across the country to experience the 620 feet of water shut down for themselves. The event will have a Multnomah Falls shaped ice luge, beer and food carts, and a performance from the Multnomah Fallsettos a cappella group (the famous fireworks show is no longer in good taste in the Gorge). Bring your family!