World Waterfall Database

World's Top 100 Highest Rated Waterfalls

Quantifying Waterfalls based on their height or width or volume are simple tasks, because these are easily measurable characteristics. But how does one fairly quantify or determine what makes the "best" waterfall? This isn't an easy question to answer, because to many individual people certain characteristics or traits may be viewed as contributing more to the "best-ness" of a waterfall than others. We've been attempting to tackle this very subject for over 15 years now, and it hasn't proven easy.

Our rating system was derived in attempt to provide a fair method of comparison between any given waterfalls. While it isn't perfect by any means, it has thus far proven to align with our expectations of how certain waterfalls would (or should) measure up to one another. This list details and identifies the 100 highest rated waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest based on our rating system. This list isn't completely objective, but it is as close as we have thus far been able to come.

Please be aware that the information used to calculate the ratings below may rely on estimations and is subject to revision at any time. Additionally there may be waterfalls which are truly worthy of being on this list which we simply don't have enough information for yet.

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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
Global Rating
Height (feet)
Height (meters)
Location
Confirmed
1. Iguazú, Cataratas del

County, Parana

100.00
269 feet
82 meters
Parana, Argentina
Confirmed
2. Kaieteur Falls

County, Mazaruni-Potaro

98.88
741 feet
226 meters
Mazaruni-Potaro, Guyana
Confirmed
3. Victoria Falls

County, Matabeleland North

91.99
344 feet
105 meters
Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
Confirmed
4. Kerepakupai Merú

County, Bolívar

91.43
3,212 feet
979 meters
Bolívar, Venezuela
Confirmed
5. Gocta, Catarata

Chachapoyas County, Amazonas

90.97
2,531 feet
771 meters
Amazonas, Peru
Confirmed
6. Sutherland Falls

County, Southland

90.30
1,904 feet
580 meters
Southland, New Zealand
Confirmed
7. Virginia Falls

County, Northwest Territories

89.64
294 feet
90 meters
Northwest Territories, Canada
Confirmed
88.35
1,800 feet
549 meters
Aisén, Chile
Confirmed
9. San Rafael, Cascada de

County, Napo

87.59
430 feet
131 meters
Napo, Ecuador
Cataloged
10. Cerberus Falls

County, British Columbia

86.01
1,558 feet
475 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
11. Jog Falls

County, Karnataka

85.95
829 feet
253 meters
Karnataka, India
Cataloged
12. Helmcken Falls

County, British Columbia

84.41
462 feet
141 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Cataloged
13. Takakkaw Falls

County, British Columbia

74.26
992 feet
302 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Cataloged
14. Dettifoss

County, Norðurland eystra

71.16
167 feet
51 meters
Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Confirmed
15. Odegaard Falls

County, British Columbia

69.81
890 feet
271 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
16. Kalandula Falls

County, Malanje

68.94
344 feet
105 meters
Malanje, Angola
Cataloged
17. Gullfoss

County, Suðurland

67.99
106 feet
32 meters
Suðurland, Iceland
Confirmed
18. Gavarnie, Grande Cascade de

Midi-Pyrénées County, Hautes-Pyrénées

66.44
1,384 feet
422 meters
Hautes-Pyrénées, France
Cataloged
19. Langfoss

Hordaland County,

65.91
2,008 feet
612 meters
Norway
Confirmed
20. Sivasamudram Falls

Karnātaka County, Mysore

65.06
320 feet
98 meters
Mysore, India
Cataloged
21. Mardalsfossen

Møre Og Romsdal County,

63.95
2,116 feet
645 meters
Norway
Cataloged
22. Vettisfossen

Sogn Og Fjordane County,

63.52
902 feet
275 meters
Norway
Confirmed
23. Augrabies Falls

County, Northern Cape

60.53
183 feet
56 meters
Northern Cape, South Africa
Cataloged
24. Hafragilsfoss

County, Norðurland eystra

58.50
89 feet
27 meters
Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Confirmed
25. Middle Cummins Falls

County, British Columbia

58.26
721 feet
220 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
26. Søtefossen

Hordaland County,

57.81
807 feet
246 meters
Norway
Confirmed
27. Cummins Falls

County, British Columbia

57.68
863 feet
263 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
28. Niagara Falls

County, Ontario

57.29
167 feet
51 meters
Ontario, Canada
Confirmed
29. Hunlen Falls

County, British Columbia

57.21
853 feet
260 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Cataloged
30. Twin Falls

County, British Columbia

56.03
590 feet
180 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
31. Basaseachic, Cascada de

County, Chihuahua

55.94
1,023 feet
312 meters
Chihuahua, Mexico
Confirmed
32. Lofoi, Chutes

County, Katanga

55.57
540 feet
165 meters
Katanga, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Cataloged
33. Wapama Falls

Tuolumne County, California

55.56
1,310 feet
399 meters
California, United States
Cataloged
34. Tjørnadalsfossen

Hordaland County,

54.73
1,657 feet
505 meters
Norway
Confirmed
35. Oshi, Salto

County, Mazaruni-Potaro

53.01
524 feet
160 meters
Mazaruni-Potaro, Guyana
Cataloged
36. Nevada Fall

Mariposa County, California

52.51
594 feet
181 meters
California, United States
Confirmed
37. Lower Yellowstone Falls

Park County, Wyoming

52.07
308 feet
94 meters
Wyoming, United States
Cataloged
38. Depot Creek Falls

Whatcom County, Washington

51.69
948 feet
289 meters
Washington, United States
Confirmed
39. Ruacana Falls

County,

50.76
352 feet
107 meters
Namibia
Cataloged
40. Skytjefossen

Hordaland County,

49.86
1,033 feet
315 meters
Norway
Cataloged
41. Shoshone Falls

Twin Falls County, Idaho

49.71
212 feet
65 meters
Idaho, United States
Confirmed
42. Nyastølsfossen

Hordaland County,

48.59
591 feet
180 meters
Norway
Cataloged
43. Goðafoss

County, Norðurland eystra

47.74
37 feet
11 meters
Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Cataloged
44. Snoqualmie Falls

King County, Washington

47.61
268 feet
82 meters
Washington, United States
Cataloged
45. Vøringsfossen

Hordaland County,

47.14
567 feet
173 meters
Norway
Confirmed
46. Alexandra Falls

County, Northwest Territories

46.81
106 feet
32 meters
Northwest Territories, Canada
Confirmed
47. Krimmler Wasserfalle

County, Salzburg

46.78
1,248 feet
380 meters
Salzburg, Austria
Cataloged
48. Wapta Falls

County, British Columbia

46.22
58 feet
18 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Cataloged
49. Selfoss

County, Norðurland eystra

46.05
44 feet
13 meters
Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Confirmed
50. Ramnefjellfossen

Sogn Og Fjordane County,

45.45
1,919 feet
585 meters
Norway
Cataloged
51. Yosemite Falls

Mariposa County, California

45.38
2,425 feet
739 meters
California, United States
Confirmed
52. Kalambo Falls

County, Northern Zambia

44.97
726 feet
221 meters
Northern Zambia, Zambia
Confirmed
53. Barron Falls

County, Queensland

44.80
410 feet
125 meters
Queensland, Australia
Confirmed
54. Shomyo-daki

County, Toyama

44.71
1,148 feet
350 meters
Toyama, Japan
Confirmed
55. Wallaman Falls

County, Queensland

44.62
879 feet
268 meters
Queensland, Australia
Cataloged
56. Ædnafossen

Hordaland County,

44.12
1,050 feet
320 meters
Norway
Cataloged
57. Green Lake Falls

Whatcom County, Washington

43.69
980 feet
299 meters
Washington, United States
Confirmed
58. Parijaro, Catarata de

County, Junin

43.25
877 feet
267 meters
Junin, Peru
Confirmed
59. Wagenia, Chutes

County, Orientale

43.24
30 feet
9 meters
Orientale, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Cataloged
60. Vernal Fall

Mariposa County, California

43.15
317 feet
97 meters
California, United States
Confirmed
61. Upper Yellowstone Falls

Park County, Wyoming

41.75
109 feet
33 meters
Wyoming, United States
Confirmed
62. Louise Falls

County, Northwest Territories

41.43
49 feet
15 meters
Northwest Territories, Canada
Cataloged
63. Háifoss

County, Suðurland

40.98
396 feet
121 meters
Suðurland, Iceland
Cataloged
64. Berdeen Falls

Whatcom County, Washington

40.40
900 feet
274 meters
Washington, United States
Confirmed
65. Della Falls

County, British Columbia

39.77
1,443 feet
440 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
66. Pétain Falls

County, British Columbia

38.93
1,230 feet
375 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
67. Sju Søstre

Møre Og Romsdal County,

37.91
1,345 feet
410 meters
Norway
Confirmed
68. Cumberland Falls

McCreary/Whitley County, Kentucky

37.71
68 feet
21 meters
Kentucky, United States
Confirmed
69. Lady Evelyn Falls

County, Northwest Territories

37.09
56 feet
17 meters
Northwest Territories, Canada
Cataloged
70. Bow Glacier Falls

County, Alberta

36.27
505 feet
154 meters
Alberta, Canada
Cataloged
71. Skógafoss

County, Suðurland

35.73
227 feet
69 meters
Suðurland, Iceland
Cataloged
72. Multnomah Falls

Multnomah County, Oregon

35.55
635 feet
194 meters
Oregon, United States
Cataloged
73. Nordre Mardalsfossen

Møre Og Romsdal County,

34.63
1,443 feet
440 meters
Norway
Confirmed
74. Mollisfossen

Troms County,

34.45
883 feet
269 meters
Norway
Confirmed
75. Blanche, Cascade

County,

33.49
2,100 feet
640 meters
Réunion
Cataloged
76. Vinnufallet

Møre Og Romsdal County,

33.37
2,837 feet
865 meters
Norway
Cataloged
77. Upper Stevens Creek Falls

Pierce County, Washington

32.49
375 feet
114 meters
Washington, United States
Cataloged
78. Comet Falls

Pierce County, Washington

32.23
462 feet
141 meters
Washington, United States
Confirmed
79. Yutajé, Salto

County, Amazonas

31.44
2,345 feet
715 meters
Amazonas, Venezuela
Cataloged
80. Sulphide Creek Falls

Whatcom County, Washington

31.28
2,182 feet
665 meters
Washington, United States
Confirmed
81. Serio, Cascata del

County, Lombardy

30.19
1,033 feet
315 meters
Lombardy, Italy
Cataloged
82. Cohoes Falls

Albany County, New York

30.14
65 feet
20 meters
New York, United States
Cataloged
83. Jordan Creek Falls

Skagit County, Washington

30.11
588 feet
179 meters
Washington, United States
Cataloged
84. Dawson Falls

County, British Columbia

29.91
59 feet
18 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
85. Feather Falls

Butte County, California

29.84
410 feet
125 meters
California, United States
Cataloged
86. Skálabrekkufoss

County, Suðurland

29.17
141 feet
43 meters
Suðurland, Iceland
Confirmed
87. Nohkalikai Falls

County, Meghalaya

28.68
1,115 feet
340 meters
Meghalaya, India
Cataloged
88. Tjøtafossen

Sogn Og Fjordane County,

28.45
2,420 feet
738 meters
Norway