McKay Crossing Falls, Paulina Creek
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
McKay Crossing Falls on Paulina Creek is one of the many remarkable features that compose Newberry National Volcanic Monument. This beautiful waterfall is located near McKay Crossing campground along the Peter Skene Ogden Trail which follows the course of Paulina Creek. Paulina Creek is the only outflow from Newberry Crater which contains Paulina Lake and Eastlake.
Clyde McKay first traveled to Bend Oregon in 1900 in a timber scouting trip. He would eventually purchase a large tract of land in downtown Bend from the Drake Family. This land would eventually become what is now Drake Park and Mirror Pond. In addition to timber and real estate interests, Clyde McKay was an avid outdoorsman. During 1912, Clyde served as a game warden and helped carry rainbow trout through Newberry Crater to stock East Lake. In addition to having McKay Crossing named after him, McKay Cottage and Bend’s McKay Park are both named after Clyde McKay.
McKay Crossing Falls Fine Art Print
I have fond parental memories of taking my young daughter Emma and her friends to this beautiful waterfall for summer swimming. While you will rarely fine privacy at McKay Crossing in summer, it is a stunning place to cool down and enjoy the rushing waters of Paulina Creek. I captured this lovely scene in early spring, well after winter snow pack had thawed yet before the summer crowds had arrived. I initially noted fine art photo potential from this scene because of the captivating patterns of flow in the falls. Upon further, more contemplative( not worried about little girls drowning!) inspection, I also became smitten with the carved out volcanic walls that appear to have been gouged by a skillful giant. the texture of a ponderosa grove upstream from the falls, the right to left flow pattern of Paulina Creek, the giant gouged walls and elegant flow patterns make for a stunning new fine art photograph of one of Central Oregon’s lesser known waterfalls!