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Description - Palouse Falls State Park offers visitors nine picnic sites, nine primitive campsites, one primitive ADA campsite, a picnic shelter (ADA accessible), an observation shelter, hiking trails, vault toilets (ADA), and ADA parking.
The main attraction of the park is the 198 foot Palouse falls which is most spectacular in the spring and early summer.

Recreation - Activities at the park include hiking, overnight camping, picnicking, and viewing of falls.

Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. Palouse Falls State Park, located east of the mountains, receives significantly less rainfall than regions west of the mountains with an average annual precipitation of twelve inches.

Average summer temperatures are 94 degrees maximum and 50 degrees minimum. Because central Washington is landlocked and subject to winter winds, winter temperatures are much colder than those in western Washington.

Location - Palouse Falls State Park, in southeast Washington, is located six miles north of Lyons Ferry and 17 miles southeast of Washtucna. Two miles of gravel road lead to this park from State Highway 261.

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Filed By: mornin townsend (wilmington, nc)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: the falls are beautiful. i wanted badly to walk down to the bottom and swim but dont know any info on which path to take, there seemed to be so many, and the hike down, if possible, would be dangerous. its great for site seeing. the roads there are filled with fields of wheat and the views are good.camping there is not private at all. there are no trees between sites and only a few for shade. dont go on a real hot day and dont expect to be alone to camp on the weekend.overall, a must see but not a must stay.

Filed By: Tiffany & Karin (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Absolutely beautiful place to go. The waterfall is gorgeous. The huge canyons surrounding it equally so. Lots of room to explore. If you bring kids I would not recommend leaving the fenced grassy area. You can freely go walking on the rocky canyon tops all around the falls area but there are NO RAILINGS and slipping off would be a 200-foot drop to certain death. But the scenery is breathtaking and there was lots left to explore after an hour. We will definitely return. Oh, and the park ranger aide was very friendly.

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Contact Information:
Palouse Falls State Park, c/o Palouse Area State Parks, 10152 State Route 127 , Pomeroy, WA, 99347-9645, Phone: 509-549-3551, Fax: 509-549-3645

Additional Information:
The Palouse - The Palouse represents idyllic America ­ a land of amber waves and warmhearted people. The long, peaceful roads are perfect for bike touring or scenic drives.
Washington State Parks - Washington has 149 state parks located around the state.

Washington State Parks - Official Agency Website


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