Welcome to Kettle Falls
The question that tickles most visitors to Kettle Falls is: where are the falls? The answer is: they've disappeared. The original Kettle Falls, a series of cascades and rapids that was once a favored fishing spot for Native Americans, was inundated in the late 1930s by water that backed up behind the new Grand Coulee Dam (ultimately forming present-day Lake Roosevelt). The spectacular natural sight wasn't the only casualty. A town that had been founded 3 miles south of the falls in the 1880s had to be uprooted piece by piece and moved a few miles east to be rebuilt alongside the existing settlement of Meyers Falls (bisected by a much smaller waterfall). The two towns amalgamated in the 1940s to form 'new' Kettle Falls. These days it is largely a blue-collar lumber settlement set in an attractive valley that – somewhat ironically – acts as a base for water activities on the lake that once drowned it.