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Mysterious Crooked River Ranch waterfall flows for only three days a year

Source of once-a-year waterfall is unknown

CROOKED RIVER RANCH, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Central Oregon is filled with waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and places to explore. Most of these sites have been discovered for years, and they make the High Desert special.

However, once a year, for only a few days, a new, mystery waterfall appears.

The waterfall has been named "Three Days Falls" by locals. It's best seen from behind the property of Over the Edge Taphouse at Crooked River Ranch.

The owner first discovered the waterfall a year ago, by accident.

"I kept hearing this noise, this raging noise, and at first we thought maybe it was a train. It just never stopped," Lynnelle Morgan told NewsChannel 21 on Thursday. "I got curious and walked over to the edge. There was this waterfall. And it was so beautiful!"

The source of the water is apparently a mystery. Morgan says after flowing for three to four days, it eventually stops. She believes the water is tied to preparation for springtime irrigation.

"I think it's some kind of irrigation canal, dumping or purging, or farmers letting go of their water," She said.

The Crooked River Ranch Club and Maintenance Association speculates it's a farmer dumping their water tanks.

Either way, it's a lot of water.

To get a glimpse of the falls, you have to walk a little bit. Starting behind the Over the Edge Taphouse, the waterfall is visible about 100 yards towards the edge of the canyon.

Morgan says everyone is welcome to come take a look -- as long as they're being careful.

News of the mysterious waterfall gained attention on social media. Most were unfamiliar with the secret gem.

Thursday marked the third day the water has been flowing. If you want to see it, you might want to hurry, before it stops.

Central Oregon / Jefferson County / Outdoors / Top Stories
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Carly Keenan

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  1. From the erosion, I’d say that this has been going on for way longer than the ranchers or the irrigation system has been here. Pretty cool. I wonder if there are any Native American stories regarding this waterfall??

  2. What a joke! How hard would it be to find the source? Hiking? Drones? Lets just say its Bigfoot with a bladder control problem standing a hundred yards upslope.

  3. I don’t get it. Why would anyone want to waste that much water?!

    Barney, your news girl on there should dress a little more professionally.

    1. It comes from a canal, and goes straight into the river, how is that wasting water? Also, it’s not like she is on nakednews, quit getting your panties in a bunch over stupid crap.

      1. He wasn’t talking about her being nude. That shirt is distracting and not professional for a person to be wearing on TV. It’s weird and distracting

  4. When priming the N.U.I.D. Main canal for the new water season the irrigation water is diverted to a side emergency gate off of the canal . This process is to clean out the canal of Tumbleweeds and clean up the dirty water. this has happen every year since the canal was built, around 1945

  5. And this is why KTVZ is not worth more than 3 maybe 4 minutes at the top of the hour, then switch that channel. This looks like a high school project. That shirt she is wearing is weird and distracting and this isn’t news! If anything, this should be on during a boring Saturday morning. This is embarrassing. Waterfalls? Really? It’s like this girl said, “I like waterfalls” and then just started looking at local non news about waterfalls. This is so bad

    1. Not to mention this has been happening for years and appears to be nothing more than a shameless plug for the pig sty “Over the Edge Taphouse”.

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