Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project

Bus leaves from the Motif at 8:30 am and will return to Motif by 3:00 pm.

Snoqualmie Falls Tour with Lunch – $35.00

Puget Sound Energy’s Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project, located 30 miles east of Seattle on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, is one of the oldest hydropower plants in the United States.

Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the falls, you will find the famous 270 foot waterfall, a two-acre park, observation deck, the Salish Lodge, and a gift shop.

On this private tour you will also be able to visit a museum filled with original blueprints, powerhouse machinery, and get an insider’s view of the generating capacity of this hydroelectric project.

After operating for more than a century, the facility still produces clean, renewable electricity. The project contains a small diversion structure just upstream from Snoqualmie Falls, and two powerhouses. Built in 1898-99, the first powerhouse is encased in bedrock 260 feet beneath the surface and was the world’s first completely underground power plant. The second powerhouse, located a quarter-mile downstream from the falls, was built in 1910 and expanded in 1957. Together, the two power plants currently have 54 megawatts of generating capacity.