Marmes Pond / Lyons Ferry Park

Washtucna, Washington

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Marmes Pond is a man-made pool on the edge of the Palouse River. The “pond” was actually meant to be a dry hole, but things didn’t work out as planned. The pond was formed when an archeologist from Washington State University found an old rock shelter and human bones at a dig site along the shores of the lower Palouse River—the bones, dubbed the “Marmes Man,” were dated to more than 10,000 years old—much older than any other remains found in the region. Before a full dig could be organized and carried out, the Corps of Engineers completed work on Little Goose Dam on the Snake River, just downstream on the mouth of the Palouse. As the impoundment waters backed up behind the dam, they pushed their way up the Palouse.

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"Marmes Pond is a man-made pool on the edge of the Palouse River. The “pond” was actually meant to be a dry hole, but things didn’t work out as planned. The pond was formed when an archeologist from Washington State University found an old rock shelter and human bones at a dig site along the shores of the lower Palouse River—the bones, dubbed the “Marmes Man,” were dated to more than 10,000 years old—much older than any other remains found in the region.

Before a full dig could be organized and carried out, the Corps of Engineers completed work on Little Goose Dam on the Snake River, just downstream on the mouth of the Palouse. As the impoundment waters backed up behind the dam, they pushed their way up the Palouse."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Washtucna
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: November through March
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 750 feet
Local Contacts: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Connell
Driving Directions: Directions to Marmes Pond / Lyons Ferry Park

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May 2018