|Shoshone Falls in a High Water Year, June 2011|
Shoshone Falls is over 900 feet wide and cascades 212 feet, making it higher than Niagara Falls. Unlike Niagara Falls, Shoshone Falls has the water flow controlled and is often a falls with little water flowing. Not so this year, the flow is high and the sight is spectacular. Later this year the flow over the falls will be reduced and the falls will be pretty mundane. Now is the time to trek to the Twin Falls area to see this sight.
|Visitor Overlook at Shoshone Falls|
There are other falls along the Snake River in this general area but most are harder to access and don't provide the spectacular show of Twin Falls and Shoshone Falls.
Water in the Snake River is harnessed for both irrigation and electrical power generation. There is a power plant operated by Idaho Power on the north side of Shoshone Falls. Irrigation water is diverted farther upstream. During dry years and later in the summer, the flow over the falls is reduced to just a small fraction of the natural river slow.
|Upper Portion of Shoshone Falls, June 2011|
|Picnic Area in Park at Shoshone Falls|
Another great park in this area to visit is the Twin Falls County Centennial Waterfront Park. This park is located just a mile from the south end of Perrine Bridge. View the blogpost here.
Shoshone Falls is worthy of an Idaho vacation any time but at high water, it is a must see. To check water flow rates, call the city of Twin Falls at 208-735-4357 for information. Click here for additional information about Twin Falls and the surrounding area.