House Bill Designates Palouse Falls As Official State Waterfall

Feb 12, 2014

Washington would have an official state waterfall under a measure passed by the House.

House Bill 2119 passed unanimously Wednesday. It would designate Palouse Falls in southeastern Washington as the official state waterfall.

Palouse Falls is located within Palouse Falls State Park about 69 miles northeast of Pasco, Wash. The falls drop about 200 feet from an upper to lower falls while the surrounding canyon is about 377 feet deep.

The falls and canyon were created by ice age floods from Lake Missoula that swept across eastern Washington 15,000 years ago, according to information from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The falls were eventually named Palouse Falls to commemorate the Palouse Native American culture.

The bill heads to the Senate for consideration.