Prairie Lake Falls

Looking at Prairie Lake Falls as it forms the middle falls. 
If you look to the lower right corner you will see the last drop beginning to form,
photo by Nels Rasmussen, DC

Prairie Lake Falls is an unofficial name given to this waterfall because the waterfall forms at the drainage of Prairie Lake above.  The creek from the drainage plunges over a 400' cliff making a series of drops.  

Middle Prairie Lake Falls, photo by Nels Rasmussen, DC

The middle falls is the only portion of this 400' tiered waterfall that can be seen.

Middle Falls, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

Looking at the middle falls as it flows behind huge boulders wedged in the ravine.  If you look up you can see the top waterfall forming.None of the drops can be seen all from the same angle.  The water flows down a deeply cut ravine making this a difficult
waterfall to view.

Big Prairie Lake, photo by Martha Rasmussen

Big Prairie Lake which is the source of the water for Prairie Lake Falls.  The is another smaller lake a short distance from here. 
If you walk to the western shore of Big Prairie Lake you can hear the drainage of the lake flowing somewhere beneath you through openings in the rocks.

To get to Prairie Lake Falls to get a view from the road from Darrington, drive north on Hwy 530 for about 1,2 miles and turn right onto Sauk Prairie Road.  Follow this for 7 miles, when you come to a T in the road and turn left.  Follow this for about 3 miles until you see the falls off to your right.  This is a seasonal waterfall and will be very hard to see from a distance and the creek gets low.