The location of Celilo Falls

The location of Celilo Falls

Post by Wilton G Ha » Thu, 06 Jan 1994 06:04:06


A few weeks ago I posted a note relating to the location of Celilo Falls.
Several people talked to me about that post so here is a follow up.

I went up to Celilo last Saturday to try and check out just where the falls
really was.  I had in hand the picture which shows the falls and the bridge
which started all this discussion.  I also had the book which Roger Crystal
loaned me which shows the falls from an aerial type view.  The problem is the
aerial view did not show the bridge.

After doing some hiking on the hills of the Oregon side of the river, I found
the spot where the aerial view was taken.  It was not taken from an airplane
but from a spot on the Oregon side almost directly in line with the train
bridge.  The picture was looking East and shows the falls about half way
between the train bridge and the park.  The falls is in the shape of a horse
shoe.  If you look in from the bottom of the shoe you would be looking directly
North.  This allowed someone to stand on the gravel bar at the West end of the
park and take a picture looking West and have water comming over the falls
towards them.  The following diagram might help:

      N
      ^                     Washington
 W<---|--->E
___
-- \
--||-------------------------------------------------------------------------
  ||
  || <-- Railroad         ==============<======= River Channel =====<=====
  ||     Bridge           ||
  ||                      ||
  ||                      ||
  ||                     .*.            _____________________________
  ||           Falls--> *   *           O Falls Picture             |
  ||                    *   *           | Taken Here                |
  ||                      ||            |                           |
==||=======<======<====== ||            |      CELILO PARK          |
  ||                                    |                           |
--||-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  ||_____________________    
  \---------------------           Oregon

  O "Aerial" Picture taken here looking East  

The original falls picture was taken 20 to 30 feet lower than you can now
get because of the Dalles Dam.  The sky line matches up exactly but the
major difference is the train bridge.  They have added a movable section
to the bridge over the channel.  This was done when the dam was put in so the
early picture of the falls does not show it.  It has massive concrete pillars
which were added.  A picture taken from the same spot today looks very
different becasue the bridge is all different and there are lots of power
lines on the hills which also came with the dam.

In the past I had posted that the falls was below the bridge.  I now stand
corrected and have taken my own pictures from the same spots to prove just
where this land mark is really burried.

Wilton

PS:   While I was there it was about 50 degrees and the wind was blowing
      about 5.0.  I did not have my gear with me or I would have sailed on
      January 1 1994.


 
 
 

The location of Celilo Falls

Post by MARTYR.. » Mon, 17 Jan 1994 02:17:31


Quote:
>  ||                      ||
>  ||                     .*.            _____________________________
>  ||           Falls--> *   *           O Falls Picture             |
>  ||                    *   *           | Taken Here                |
>  ||                      ||            |                           |
>==||=======<======<====== ||            |      CELILO PARK          |
>  ||                                    |                           |

Is the spot "Falls Picture Taken Here" right next to the navigation mark
(looks like small lighthouse)?  I remember standing (stalling) etc at this spot
many times and have always wondered where the falls were.  Last time I sailes
it in Jul 92 it was blowing 50!

Thanks for the info!

Marty, Rowayton CT. "If in doubt, both feet out. In a spin, both feet in"

 
 
 

The location of Celilo Falls

Post by Wilton Ha » Tue, 18 Jan 1994 15:10:43

Quote:
>Where is the navagational marker with respect to Celilo falls.

The navagational marker appears to be on the rock at the edge of the falls.  My
best guess says that the falls was located just West of the marker.   When
we were there taking the pictures my wife and I talked about the marker and
and wished we had some way to see just what it was sitting on.

On another note, there has been good West wind every weekend this year.  
I have sailed the last two weekends.  So far Saturday was the best day of
the new year.  It was 3.0 at Maryhill with air temperature of about 50 degrees.
If this keeps up we may have a very good early season.  

It is interesting to look at the news and see -38 degees below zero in the
midwest and have it be so warm here.  



 
 
 

The location of Celilo Falls

Post by Ken Berg » Wed, 19 Jan 1994 01:54:50

Quote:

>On another note, there has been good West wind every weekend this year.  
>I have sailed the last two weekends.  So far Saturday was the best day of
>the new year.  It was 3.0 at Maryhill with air temperature of about 50 degrees.
>If this keeps up we may have a very good early season.  

It sure was dead in the west end yesterday.  With these kind of
weather conditions, it may be time to stop thinking about
snowboarding and start thinking sailing.  

On a semi-related note:  I thought I saw someone in a
rec.windsurfing t-shirt in the Skamania Lodge dinning room
yesterday.  That all you can chow buffet did look interesting from
the bar. [8^)  I should have investigated, but this happened on our
way out.  

Ken "Eagle Creek Trail Hiker" Berger

 
 
 

The location of Celilo Falls

Post by Rolland Wate » Wed, 19 Jan 1994 07:44:36


Quote:
> It sure was dead in the west end yesterday.  With these kind of
> weather conditions, it may be time to stop thinking about
> snowboarding and start thinking sailing.  

Yah, I tried to go snow-boarding at Meadows on Saturday.  What a
mistake.  I had all my sailing gear with me but my mast, too.  :-(
It was reeeaaaaalllllllllyyyyyyyyy windy at Meadows, I saw a ski-pole
blow *up* a lift ramp and then out the back side!

Quote:
> On a semi-related note:  I thought I saw someone in a
> rec.windsurfing t-shirt in the Skamania Lodge dinning room
> yesterday.  That all you can chow buffet did look interesting from
> the bar. [8^)  I should have investigated, but this happened on our
> way out.  

Tweren't I, although I did grace HR & Bingen with my t-shirt yesterday.

Rolland