Multnomah Falls Lodge

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Mutnomah Falls Lodge with falls in the background

Multnomah Falls Lodge is open to visitors to have an opportunity to visit this iconic and historic site after the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.

Built in 1925 the Lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places and it embodies every type of rock found in the Columbia River Gorge in the structure. Bring binoculars to get a better view of these iconic falls as you enjoy the sound of rushing water during its winter flow. Look for wildlife along Multnomah Creek, find books and other gifts in the lodge and enjoy the iconic place firefighters worked so hard to protect.

Inside the lower level of the Lodge is a USDA Forest Service Information Center, a snack bar, and a gift shop. In the upper portion of the lodge is a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is also accessible by elevator.

The lower viewing platforms and trails are not accessible at this time due to a continued closure in place while the Forest Service continues to monitor hazards and implement safety mitigations. All of these mitigations will take time, especially because we are entering the Pacific Northwest wet winter months making many areas unsafe to assess until spring. 

Review frequently asked questions about the re-opening of the lodge

About the fire & response

First reported on Sept. 2, 2017 in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area near Cascade Locks, Oregon the Eagle Creek Fire grew to 3,000 acres overnight that first night and ultimately reached 48,831 acres. The lodge was saved from the fire.

In October, a Burned Area Emergency Response team evaluated risks to life, property, and critical natural and cultural resources resulting from the impact of the wildfire. The team provided recommendations for mitigations on National Forest System lands to prevent further damage to values at risk in the area. Specific concerns include falling trees, landslides, rockfall, and debris flow, which can be triggered by heavy rainfall or freeze/thaw cycles. Implementation of these mitigations is currently underway. A closure remains in place for the burned area to protect public and employee safety, which is the top priority implemented by Scenic Area managers.

See Eagle Creek Fire Response.

The video below explains some of the post fire hazard mitigations at Multnomah Falls and why the lower platform is not yet open:

Part of Multnomah Falls Recreation Area

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Lodge restaurant, gift shop, information center open 9-5 daily. Only accessible via I-84 lot. Please remain in designated area for safety reasons.
Operational Hours: Daily from 9am - 5pm. (Sorry, dinner not being served during winter hours.)
Fees No Fee
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Troutdale, OR
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Multnomah Falls Lodge Visitor Center (503) 695-2372

General Information

Directions:

From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to exit #31, Multnomah Falls. Park and walk south, underneath the interstate and railroad tracks to the Lodge and Visitor Center.

The site can also be accessed by off exit #28, Bridal Veil 3 miles before the Multnomah Falls exit. Accessing the site from this exit offers opportunities to hike other falls in the area, such as Wahkeena and Horsetail.

From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 to exit #35, Ainsworth State Park.  Follow the Historic Highway west 4 miles to the site's parking area.

Parking: There is accessible parking available in both the upper (Old Columbia River Gorge Highway) and lower (off Interstate 84) parking lots. Paths leading to the Visitor Center from both parking lots are paved. There are some slight inclines along the path from the parking lots to the visitor center and around the falls viewing area.


Accessibility:

For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r6/accessiblerecreation


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