World Waterfall Database

World's Largest Waterfalls

By Average Volume, excluding Extinct and Inundated Falls

This list comprises of the waterfalls we have recorded which are known to occur along a point in their watercourse where the stream is known to have an average discharge rate of at least 5,000 cubic feet per second, excluding those which have ceased to exist due to the impoundment of their river(s) by a Dam, or due to the diversion of the watercourse. The waterfalls on this list are those for which we have definitive information for, and should not be assumed to be a complete list of waterfalls which would otherwise qualify as globally significant based on this metric. As we add more information to the database, this list will grow.

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Cataloged
Waterfalls which are Cataloged we have visited and surveyed in person. Statistical information should be quite accurate (for the most part), and exact measurements will often be available (information is not guaranteed to always be up to date). Detailed information, directions, and photographs will almost always be available.
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Confirmed
Confirmed Waterfalls are known to exist, should be relatively accurately mapped and geotagged, and the statistical information available will often be dependable. If height information is presented, it may be estimated but should be accurate. Directions will not likely be available.
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Unconfirmed
Unconfirmed Waterfalls are often marked on a published map, but we have yet to confirm the exact location and / or whether or not its stature is significant enough to qualify for listing in the database. Statistical information may be estimated and may be inaccurate. No directions.
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Unknown
Waterfalls marked as Unknown are either suspected to exist based on heresay or a hunch, or we have received unverified information suggesting a waterfall may exist near the location provided but cannot corroborate it in any way. Geodata may not be accurate, the location may not be known at all, and statistical information will be estimated and highly inaccurate.
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Inundated
Inundated Waterfalls have been submerged beneath lakes or reservoirs, usually a result of impoundment of a river behind a dam, and most often no longer functionally exist (there may be rare exceptions). We maintain records for these features out of historical importance.
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Subterranean
Though not common, some waterfalls can be found entirely underground within cave systems. Access to subterranean waterfalls can vary from easy via developed walkways to requiring a high level of extremely technical spelunking skill, including familiarity with ropework and a distinct lack of claustrophobia.
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Disqualified
Waterfalls which have been marked as Disqualified do not have the necessary stature or features to qualify as a legitimate waterfall according to our criteria. We will maintain records for entries with this status where the feature is well known and / or may have been historically referred to as a waterfall at some point in time.
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Posted
Posted Waterfalls are known to exist, and we may have a large amount of information associated with them, but are located on private property and are not legally accessible to the general public. Accessing waterfalls with this status should not be attempted without first being explicitly granted permission of the property owner.
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Waterfall
Volume
Watercourse
Location
Confirmed
910,000 cu ft / sec
25,768 cu m / sec
Congo River
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Confirmed
885,000 cu ft / sec
25,060 cu m / sec
Congo River
Kongo Central, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Confirmed
600,000 cu ft / sec
16,990 cu m / sec
Lualaba River
Orientale, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Confirmed
410,000 cu ft / sec
11,610 cu m / sec
Mekong River
Ban Hang Khone, Laos
Unconfirmed
125,000 cu ft / sec
3,540 cu m / sec
Rio Caura
Bolivar, Venezuela
Unconfirmed
100,000 cu ft / sec
2,832 cu m / sec
Rio São Francisco
Bahia, Brazil
Confirmed
85,000 cu ft / sec
2,407 cu m / sec
Niagara River
Ontario, Canada
Confirmed
64,000 cu ft / sec
1,812 cu m / sec
Peace River
Alberta, Canada
Confirmed
61,660 cu ft / sec
1,746 cu m / sec
Rio Iguazú
Parana, Argentina
Confirmed
38,430 cu ft / sec
1,088 cu m / sec
Zambezi River
Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
Confirmed
35,300 cu ft / sec
1,000 cu m / sec
South Nahanni River
Northwest Territories, Canada
Confirmed
33,000 cu ft / sec
934 cu m / sec
Cauvery River
Mysore, India
Unconfirmed
31,783 cu ft / sec
900 cu m / sec
Ivindo River
Gabon
Cataloged
27,200 cu ft / sec
770 cu m / sec
Willamette River
Oregon, United States
Confirmed
23,400 cu ft / sec
663 cu m / sec
Potaro River
Mazaruni-Potaro, Guyana
Confirmed
20,000 cu ft / sec
566 cu m / sec
Lucala River
Malanje, Angola
Confirmed
16,750 cu ft / sec
474 cu m / sec
Potomac River
Maryland, United States
Unconfirmed
15,000 cu ft / sec
425 cu m / sec
Yarlung Tsangpo
Tibet, China
Confirmed
14,125 cu ft / sec
400 cu m / sec
Rio Coca
Napo, Ecuador
Confirmed
20. Rheinfall
13,066 cu ft / sec
370 cu m / sec
Rhein River
Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Cataloged
12,700 cu ft / sec
360 cu m / sec
Þjórsá
Suðurland, Iceland
Confirmed
11,050 cu ft / sec
313 cu m / sec
Orange River
Northern Cape, South Africa
Confirmed
10,941 cu ft / sec
310 cu m / sec
Kootenay River
Montana, United States
Confirmed
10,594 cu ft / sec
300 cu m / sec
Victoria Nile
Bunyoro, Uganda
Confirmed
9,950 cu ft / sec
282 cu m / sec
Hay River
Northwest Territories, Canada
Confirmed
9,950 cu ft / sec
282 cu m / sec
Hay River
Northwest Territories, Canada
Cataloged
27. Dettifoss
9,500 cu ft / sec
269 cu m / sec
Jökulsá á Fjöllum
Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Cataloged
9,500 cu ft / sec
269 cu m / sec
Jökulsá á Fjöllum
Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Cataloged
29. Selfoss
9,500 cu ft / sec
269 cu m / sec
Jökulsá á Fjöllum
Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Confirmed
9,500 cu ft / sec
269 cu m / sec
Jökulsá á Fjöllum
Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Confirmed
7,847 cu ft / sec
222 cu m / sec
New River
West Virginia, United States
Confirmed
6,600 cu ft / sec
187 cu m / sec
Pite River
Norrbotten, Sweden
Cataloged
6,050 cu ft / sec
171 cu m / sec
Fraser River
British Columbia, Canada
Cataloged
5,700 cu ft / sec
161 cu m / sec
Mohawk River
New York, United States
Confirmed
35. Jog Falls
5,387 cu ft / sec
153 cu m / sec
Sharavati River
Karnataka, India

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