Name of Waterfall

Drowned Out Creek Falls

Description

Coquille River Falls is found just off the Rogue-Coquille Scenic Byway south of the town of Powers. Starting in the city of Coos Bay, follow Highway 101 south to Highway 42 and head east for 21 miles through the town of Myrtle Point, then turn south onto the Powers Highway (route 542) after crossing the Middle Fork Coquille River (the sign points to Powers); the Powers highway becomes the Rogue-Coquille Scenic Byway (NFR 33) after passing through the town. Continue for another 38 miles from the turn off at Highway 42, and then bear right onto National Forest Road 3348 where a sign points toward Eden Valley and Sru Lake. Continue along Road 3348 for another 1.5 miles to the Coquille River Falls trail on the left side of the road, just past the bridge over Sru Creek. Follow the trail as it descends moderately down to the base of Coquille River Falls in a half-mile, becoming somewhat steep near its end. Drowned Out Creek Falls can be seen dropping into the river immediately next to the end of the trail at the viewpoint for Coquille River Falls.Drowned Out Creek Falls is a little sibling type waterfall, as it plunges into the canyon of the South Fork Coquille River immediately adjacent to the much larger and much more impressive Coquille River Falls. The falls drop 34 feet in two steps, first cascading 23 feet over a rugged ledge which causes the water to fan outward, and then splitting into two streams and plunging another 11 feet into the river below. During periods of low flow the creek may be reduced to just a trickle, but should retain some flow throughout the year.

Other Names

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Magnitude

10.38

IWC Rating (International Waterfall Classification)

0.09

Total Height (ft)

34

Tallest Drop

23

Number of Drops

2

Average Width

10

Average High Volume (Cubic ft per second)

15 cfs (7 months)

Average Low Volume (Cubic ft per second)

1 cfs (5 months)

Pitch

77 degrees

Run (ft)

50

Watershed or Feeder Stream

Coquille River Drowned Out Creek