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Devil's Washbowl

When the Bonneville Flood drained a Utah lake the size of Lake Michigan, some fifteen million cubic feet of water flowed each second down the Snake River Canyon on its way to the Columbia Gorge and Pacific Ocean.¹ What a sight that would have been!

 

The deluge scoured a wide swath of land down to underlying basalt (easily seen today) and forcefully excavated the river canyon at places, creating Shoshone Falls and this Devil’s Washbowl that today challenges thrill-seeking kayakers.²

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¹ HUGEfloods.com, “Lake Bonneville and the Bonneville Flood”: hugefloods.com/Bonneville.html

² Canoe & Kayak, “Video: Devil’s Washbowl”: www.canoekayak.com/videos/devils-washbowl/

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Taken on August 5, 2007