Fishing and Swimming at Lower Falls in McCloud

by Shasta Cascade on June 1, 2009

Right before Memorial Day weekend, someone asked if I had any pictures of people jumping in the water at Lower Falls outside McCloud.  I didn’t have any, so we drove out to the Falls yesterday evening to see if anyone was trying it.  There were only a couple cars in the lot, and nobody was enjoying the sun on the rocks, as they normally do on sunny days.

Lower Falls

I’ve seen lots of people jumping in the water in the warm weather of late summer, but I’ve never seen anyone doing it in spring.  You have to remember:  this water is fresh snowmelt right off the mountain.  If you put your hands in the water, it will numb them within minutes.  For the life of me, I can’t imagine anyone jumping in with their whole body.  You’d have to be crazy!

For those of you who are interested, most people jump into the pool from the left hand side.   I’ve also seen some people jump off the cliff on the right hand side.  Right now, the water is running high, so it’s only a 10 foot drop.  In late summer, the water level will be about 5 feet lower, so the jump is greater.  Nearly everyone who jumps in exits from the rocks on the lower right hand side.  (The rock walls prevent exiting from the other sides).

By the way, I’ve never heard of anyone jumping at Middle or Upper Falls…probably because the drops there are much greater (up to 50 feet) and you wouldn’t live to tell about it.

Have you jumped into Lower Falls?  Leave a comment!

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Jesse Coy August 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm

ive jumped into all 3 falls after the lower falls the upper two are very tall jumps, dont try unless you are a seasoned jumper….. the water is more than deep enough….. middle falls has multiple places to jump including the waterfall itself… as for the upper fall you have to be more creative…. 40 foot- to 90 foot jumps all day long!

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