Burney Falls

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This article is about the waterfall, Burney Falls. For the state park, see McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.
Burney Falls
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The falls from below
Burney Falls is located in California
Burney Falls
Location Shasta County, California, US
Coordinates 41°00′39″N 121°39′10″W / 41.0107162°N 121.6527649°W / 41.0107162; -121.6527649Coordinates: 41°00′39″N 121°39′10″W / 41.0107162°N 121.6527649°W / 41.0107162; -121.6527649[1]
Type Cataract
Total height 114 feet (35 m)[2]
Number of drops 1
Total width 250 feet (76 m)[2]
Watercourse Burney Creek
flow rate
195.0 cu ft/s (5.52 m3/s)[2]
Designated 1954

Burney Falls is a waterfall on Burney Creek, in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Shasta County, California.

The water comes from underground springs above and at the falls, which are 129 feet high, and provides an almost constant flow rate of 379 million litres per day, even during the dry summer months.

The falls are an example of river drainage regulated by stratigraphically-controlled springs, and also of a waterfall formed by undercutting of horizontal strata.

The falls were called "the Eighth Wonder of the World" by President Theodore Roosevelt,[3] and were declared a National Natural Landmark in December 1954.[4]

Burney Falls


  1. ^ "Burney Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b c "Burney Falls". World Waterfall Database. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  3. ^ "McArthur-Burney Falls State Park". Recreation Resource Management. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Burney Falls National Natural Landmark". National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 

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