The biggest waterfall in Prince William Sound fills a small fiord at the head of Eaglik Bay with a constant, sparkling roar. The high-volume cascade descends a mountain gorge in two steps, dropping an estimated 170 feet before plunging into the ocean. (The waterfall drains a chain of three lakes nestled in a rugged hanging valley.) Located about 45 miles outside of Whittier, the falls are usually visited by kayakers on multi-day expeditions or by small boaters. A worthy photographic prize to bring home from an extended adventure.
Best Viewing Spot
Just about any locale near the head of Cascade Bay will offer an invigorating view of the immense falls, and they can be heard from many locales in Eaglet Bay. Paddling or boating close to the base will bring you face-to-face with the splattering white curtain and the zesty, fresh flow of air. Just use common sense. Depending upon the tide, there are several places where it’s possible to land and approach on foot.
You’ll need a boat to view Cascade Falls. Most people visit during kayaking trips or on a private charter. Whittier is about 60 miles from Anchorage on the other side of a three-mile tunnel from Portage Valley at the head of Turnagain Arm. Take the Seward Highway about 50 miles to Portage Glacier Highway, then continue east about six miles to the staging area for the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. The Whittier Harbor is about 1.5 miles further after you emerge.