Shoshone Falls is a beautiful waterfall on the Snake River in the southern side of the Idaho State in the United States. The falls is situated just about 8 km (5 miles) on the eastern side of the Twin Falls City. Sometimes Shoshone Falls is called the "Niagara of the West”, and it falls from a height of 212 feet (65 meters), and runs over a wide border of 1,000 feet (300 meters). A park and the Dierkes Lake Complex in front of the waterfall is owned and run by the Twin Falls City. The spring season is the best time to view the Shoshone Falls because diversion of the Snake River for hydroelectricity generation and irrigation often diminishes the levels of water considerably during other seasons. During the spring season, water flows are high, according to the melt of the winter snow.
Shoshone Falls is amongst the most impressive of natural beauties down the Snake River. At a great height, the falls of waters are higher than Niagara Falls. However, even devoid of high water flows, the views of Shoshone Falls stay stunning all over the year. It offers a unique blend of entertaining facilities, as well as hiking trails and playgrounds, landscaped picnic regions, a swimming area and boat ramp, and a picturesque overlook. The Dierkes Lake Complex offers restroom facilities and tourist information, and for an affordable per-vehicle entry payment, tourists can take pleasure in picnicking and comforting in the shaded, green areas, which offer ideal vantage points for screening Shoshone Falls.
Shoshone Falls has survived since the end of the previous ice age, when the Bonneville Flood shaped much of the Snake River gorge and neighboring valleys. It is an entire barricade to the upstream motion of fish. The Shoshone Falls were the upper boundary of sturgeon, and spawning sprints of salmon and steelhead could not bypass the falls. Yellowstone cutthroat trout existed above the falls in the same environmental place as Rainbow Trout beneath it. As a result of this marked variation, the World Wide Fund for Nature exploited Shoshone Falls as the border between the Columbia Unglaciated and the Upper Snake freshwater ecoareas.
Before the construction of several dams on the Snake River beneath the falls, there were incredible sprints of salmon fish in the Snake River. The salmon fishery at the foot of the falls was a main food resource for Shoshone and Bannock Indians. An 1843 mission claimed that when the springtime comes, spikes could be tossed into the water of the falls randomly and constantly strike salmon fish.
Only 35 percent of fish varieties of the upper Snake River are shared with the Columbia and the lower Snake Rivers. Fourteen fish varieties that are found in the upper Snake River are found in the Bonneville freshwater ecoarea, as well, but cannot be found that much in the Columbia and lower Snake rivers. The upper Snake River is as well, soaring in freshwater mollusk endemism, like clams and snails.
Some of the other tourist attractions near the Shoshone Falls include kid friendly amusement parks, golf course, natural attractions, lakes and rivers, memorials, roadside attractions and events, such as arts and culture.