Dry Falls - Home of The World's Largest Waterfall!
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I've always had a general interest in science and find the geology of Dry Falls State Park to be fascinating. To understand what you now see in this park a short review of geologic theory is helpful. During the last Ice Age, a dam of ice formed at a huge lake, Lake Missoula, over western Montana. As climate changed the ice dam broke and released a huge amount of water which flooded the Idaho Panhandle and Eastern Washington (Missoula Flood)Channeled Scablands"). For a good, concise review of this history please click here.
Your first stop here should be to the small Visitor Center located off route 17. From this view point you will fully see and comprehend what Dry Falls was and enjoy the beauty of the cliffs and small lakes that dot the basin of the park. Most of these lakes are the sequelae of "plunge pools" at the base of the old waterfalls. The park is a popular place for fishing (stocked with bass and rainbow trout), camping and swimming -- and is especially popular in the spring and fall as it gets pretty hot in the summer. Several short hikes are available in the basin area. After taking in the view from the rim drive down to the lake level and contrast this view of the geology with that from the cliff's edge (It's not as impressive but still beautiful).
For further information please contact the Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State park website.
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