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Multnomah Falls opens to visitors for the first time since Eagle Creek Fire closure

mj-tangonan-327872CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. – Multnomah Falls will reopen to the public Wednesday for the first time since the Eagle Creek Fire caused it to close in September.

The scenic area, including Multnomah Falls Lodge, the front plaza, and the Interstate 84 parking lot will begin welcoming visitors once again. This will be the first time the public can look at the falls up close since it closed the evening of Sept. 4, 2017.

Visitors must access the lodge through the I-84 parking lot. When parking is full, the gate to the I-84 parking lot will be closed.

Officials ask the public to respect the gate closure and to use caution on the interstate.

The Lodge will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, unless inclement weather forces it to close.

The lodge features a restaurant, gift shop and snack bar. The U.S. Forest Service operates an information center on the ground floor of the lodge.

Officials say the lodge only experienced smoke damage and needs minor repairs.

The U.S. Forest Service says nearby waterfall viewing areas and the surrounding trail system remain closed until crews finish the next round of repairs.

The lower viewing platform of the falls is the next phase set for reopening.

The trail to the century-old Benson Bridge and the upper falls area will require further repairs. Crews will need to replace a small wooden bridge known as Shady Creek Bridge. Benson State Recreation Area will remain closed to protect the public.

Millions of visitors stop to view Multnomah Falls every year.