World Waterfall Database

World's Largest Waterfalls

By Average Volume, excluding Rapids

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, but excluding entries which have been identified as Rapids or not truly Waterfalls. 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.

Search returned 44 results.


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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 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.
Unconfirmed Icon
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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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 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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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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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 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.
9,500 cu ft / sec
269 cu m / sec
Jökulsá á Fjöllum
Norðurland eystra, Iceland
7,847 cu ft / sec
222 cu m / sec
New River
West Virginia, United States
6,600 cu ft / sec
187 cu m / sec
Pite River
Norrbotten, Sweden
6,050 cu ft / sec
171 cu m / sec
Fraser River
British Columbia, Canada
6,003 cu ft / sec
170 cu m / sec
5,700 cu ft / sec
161 cu m / sec
Mohawk River
New York, United States
42. Jog Falls
5,387 cu ft / sec
153 cu m / sec
Sharavati River
Karnataka, India
5,200 cu ft / sec
147 cu m / sec
Kunene River
5,200 cu ft / sec
147 cu m / sec
Kunene River

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