Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

4.69 (Class 5)


59 feet

 Tallest Drop:

59 feet

 # of Drops:





Murtle River






Mahood Lake 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography







Wells Gray Provincial Park , Cariboo Mountains County, BC , Can


No Known Alternate Names



The falls from downstream



Dawson Falls is wide block-type waterfall on the powerful Murtle River. The geometry of the waterfall is quite simple, a 300' wide river drops sharply over a broad expanse of rock, vertical on the far side of the falls, more stepped on the near side. This is a very impressive waterfall.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:




Photography Notes:

Bracket your shots! On a sunny day, the waterfall is dazzlingly white and will "confuse" your light meter. Unlike most waterfalls I shoot, I'd prefer this one on a sunny day as the river below the falls is wide enough to benefit from the reflection of the blue sky above. An overcast day will still work, but you'll want to compose your shot in such a way as to minimize the gray sky. A tripod can be handy, but isn't necessary as this is a wide and powerful waterfall and will benefit from a fast exposure which will serve to connote the power of the falls. You'll want a fairly wide lens here, although some zoom capacity can be helpful in tighter compositions. I'd suggest 28-105mm. Your polarizer is indispensible here.



From Clearwater, drive 42 km north into Wells Gray Provincial Park. The Dawson Falls viewpoint is signed. Park and walk about 4/10 of a kilometer to the lower viewpoint at the falls. A short ways upstream, another viewpoint is adjacent to the brink of the falls.