Multnomah Falls Lodge Reopens After Eagle Creek Fire

Nov 29, 2017

 

Multnomah Falls Lodge is open for business. It’s the first time people will have access to Oregon’s tallest waterfall since the Eagle Creek Fire prompted closures.

The lodge’s re-opening is the first glimpse at recovery at one of the most visited natural recreation sites in the Pacific Northwest. But visitors can expect to see remnants of the fire that has burned more than 48,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge.

The iconic lower viewing platform and surrounding trails will remain off limits and the century-old Benson Bridge in the upper falls area still needs repair work.

For now, visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of the falls from the Lodge.

The Lodge underwent restoration work due to smoke damage. Visitors can also expect to see fences behind the lodge meant to protect it from falling debris.

The Lodge’s closure coincided with peak visiting season. Damage and revenue loss are expected to be in the hundreds of thousands.

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