Skip to main content

A Trip to Summer Falls

Kimberly enjoys sharing her love of camping and outdoor adventures. Spending time in nature is her all-time favorite, happy place!

During a camping getaway to Soap Lake, Washington, during the Fall of 2021, My traveling partner (aka Husband) and I did some sightseeing in the area. We made our base camp at the Smokium RV Resort; Which gave us easy access to the nearby sights such as the Lenore Caves, Summer Falls, and Dry Falls. Follow the links below for more of our Eastern Washington travel adventures.

The Majestic Summer Falls


Traveler's worldwide come to the beautiful Eastern Washington area to soak in the healing waters of Soap Lake and enjoy the breathtaking desert views; For those doing so, a visit to the sublime Summer Falls is a must on your itinerary.

Our trip was during the late fall season; therefore, we forwent the soak in the mineral waters of the Soap Lake and instead chased waterfalls.

"Mother Nature is

the greatest artist

and water is one of

her favorite


— Rico Besserdich

Directions to Summer Falls Located in Eastern Washington

In central Eastern Washington, Summer Falls is accessed from Highway 2 in Coulee City. Crossing the Dry Falls Dam along Highway 2, turn right at the sign pointing to Coulee City (N 4th St). Drive four blocks and turn left on W. Walnut Street, following signs for Summer Falls, then turn right on McEntee Street, again watching for signs to Summer Falls. McEntee turns into Pinto Road, follow this for 8 miles to an unmarked dirt road on the left (2 1/2 miles after crossing the North Main Canal - if you start driving up a long hill, you've gone too far). A sign denoting the Falls and a gate are found just down the road but are hard to see from the main road. The Falls are located 1 mile further down the dirt road at the park. Ample parking is available; Be sure to display your Discover Pass.

A Long Desert Highway - Up Ahead a Shimmering Waterfall


"There's no better place to find yourself than sitting by a waterfall and listening to its music."

— Roland R Kemler

The Awe-Inspiring Summer Falls


Advice from a Waterfall

Let your cares fall away

Roar with excitement

Go with the flow

Make a splash!

Stay active

Create your own music

Immerse yourself in nature.

— Ilan Shamir

Water spills into Billy Clapp Lake from the Main Canal of the Columbia Basin Project, creating the scenic Summer Falls.


Beware of the Rattlers


Proper Protective Snake Guard Gear

The sage steppe surrounding the park is generally easy walking through short prairie grasses, but long pants or ankle gaiters are recommended if you go off-trail. We came prepared with our full-length snake guard chaps since we knew we would be hiking around the Lenore Caves and the surrounding area. We didn't feel a need for them while staying in the designated park of Summer Falls, but we were prepared.

"As long as I live,

I'll hear


and birds

and winds


— John Muir

Summer Falls State Park

Summer Falls State Park is located on the northern end of Billy Clapp Lake; it has approximately five miles of shoreline and offers picnicking, fishing, hiking, and great views of Summer Falls. The majority of the surrounding shoreline is steep and rocky with high basalt walls; getting off the beaten path may be daunting.

We found the Park well-manicured and pristinely clean; it was very inviting, and we enjoyed a leisurely afternoon there soaking in the magnificent sights and sounds of the Falls.

Maintained Footpath with Stone Barrier


Warning No Trespassing

A narrow footpath can be followed along the shoreline to get a closer look at the Falls; however, a stone wall and chain barricade were created to detour visitors from accessing the sometimes turbulent water. Due to some unfortunate teen deaths during the late '70s; A "No Trespassing" sign is now posted at the end of the walking path for safety measures.

We witnessed several groups of people who ignored the warning signs and continued onward, traversing the rugged basalt rocks and unkept trail to make a memory of journeying behind the waterfalls. A rare and monumental moment, but one must way the risks at hand.

Summer Falls State Park is located on the North end of the lake


I love the water. I can

concentrate and forget

all my worries. I count

my blessings while


— George W. Bush

Afternoon Fishing


Our Catch of the Day was the Brilliant View of the Falls

The only thing we caught on this particular afternoon was a lot of wind. A constant warm breeze kept bringing our lines back into the shoreline. We moved our location and still got defeated by the fish that day. It didn't matter, though, as the view of the falls was stunning, and spending the day together in such a tranquil environment was catch enough for both of us.

Billy Clapp Lake is formed by Pinto Dam which is part of the Columbia Basin Project. The lake is fed by waters diverted from the Columbia River.


We Give Summer Falls a 10 Out of 10!

Visiting Summer Falls felt like "finding a pot of gold" at the end of a rainbow kind of day! It was refreshing and beautiful, and listening to the rush of the water cascading down the base of the basalt rock was magnificent music to our ears. We would most certainly recommend you make time to visit this spectacular hidden gem.

  • Eastern Washington Camping at Soap Lake
    A shared camping experience at the Smokium RV Resort located on the majestic mineral waters of Soap Lake in Eastern Washington. Visitors travel from around the world to soak in its healing waters.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Kimberly

Related Articles