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This article is about the waterfall, Burney Falls. For the state park, see McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.

Burney Falls is a waterfall on Burney Creek, within McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, in Shasta County, California.

Burney Falls
The Burney Falls in April.jpg
The falls in full flow in April
Burney Falls is located in California
Burney Falls
LocationShasta County, California, US
Coordinates41°00′39″N 121°39′10″W / 41.0107162°N 121.6527649°W / 41.0107162; -121.6527649Coordinates: 41°00′39″N 121°39′10″W / 41.0107162°N 121.6527649°W / 41.0107162; -121.6527649[1]
Total height114 feet (35 m)[2]
Number of drops1
Total width250 feet (76 m)[2]
WatercourseBurney Creek
flow rate
195.0 cu ft/s (5.52 m3/s)[2]

The water comes from underground springs above and at the falls, which are 129 feet high, and provides an almost constant flow rate of 379 million litres per day, even during the dry summer months. Burney Creek is a tributary of the Pit River which has its mouth on the Lake Britton reservoir to the north.

The falls are an example of river drainage regulated by stratigraphically-controlled springs, and of a waterfall formed by undercutting of horizontal strata.

The falls were called "the Eighth Wonder of the World" by President Theodore Roosevelt,[3] and were declared a National Natural Landmark in December 1954.[4]


  1. ^ "Burney Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  2. ^ a b c "Burney Falls". World Waterfall Database. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  3. ^ "McArthur-Burney Falls State Park". Recreation Resource Management. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  4. ^ "Burney Falls National Natural Landmark". National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-01-04.

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