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Upper Akolkolex Falls
   British Columbia, Canada

This waterfall has been surveyed, mapped and measured in person by the World Waterfall Database.
Photo of Upper Akolkolex Falls The Akolkolex River dumps into Upper Arrow Lake in a series of significant waterfalls which have until now escaped much documentation. BCHydro operates a facilitiy at the falls, with the intake immediately upstream of the top of the gorge, so this allows speculation that the net head of the hydro project will reflect very accurately the size of the falls. The penstocks operate at 387 feet (118 meters) of head, but the way the falls are divided in the gorge, we’ve decided to split it into two entries. The upper part of the falls consists of two plunging cataracts dropping a total of about 100 feet in height, with a sliding 20 foot cascade found just downstream.

The BC Forest service maintains a recreation site here, though their definition of "maintains" seems to be a little light – as it looks like the site doesn't see a lot of traffic. Fences protect against falling at the rim of the gorge, but unfortunately there aren't any clear views of the falls to be had without dangerous scrambling into the canyon itself.
Hydroelectric Integration
This waterfall has been incorporated into a hydroelectric scheme and as a result may not flow consistently year round.


  • Upper Akolkolex Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall

Location and directions

The Akolkolex Falls Recreation Site is found on the west side of the Akolkolex River bridge along the Akolkolex FSR, about 30km from the Revelstoke Airport - consult a map for detailed directions from Revelstoke. Once parked, follow poorly maintained paths a short distance from the road to the fences overlooking the forested canyon above the falls, but views will be lacking.

Upper Akolkolex Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.

Additional Nearby Waterfalls

Name of Waterfall Distance
Akolkolex Falls 0.1 mi / 0.17 km
Sutherland Falls 2.76 mi / 4.41 km
Mulvehill Creek Falls 4.3 mi / 6.88 km


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