The Mushbowl – small but powerful

The Mushbowl

You will find the Mushbowl located between two of the most popular falls in the park, Dawson and Helmcken. Located at a narrowing of the river, under a one way bridge, the Mushbowl highlights the raw power of the river.

At this point, the otherwise broad Murtle River narrows to about 50 feet wide immediately below a set of side-by-side falls about 15 feet wide. A boulder in the river centre splits the stream in half. As the river narrow the waters churn and roar in a breathtaking display of unrestrainedwater power.

Off to one side is a cave that gives a unique view of this little powerhouse. Although accessible only during times of low water, the cave is small but interesting. Be safe though, the water can be treacherous.

Mushbowl in high season, waterfalls of wells grey


Why the Mushbowl?

To be honest no one is certain why the name was chosen. From the 1940’s on it has been Mushbowl. . It is speculated that the falls are named for the violent churning pooling above the falls that keeps even huge logs from moving downstream.

Mushbowl, Wells Grey Park, Clearwater BC

Directions to the Mushbowl

Follow Clearwater Valley Road (main park access road) 42 kilometers north from the Highway in Clearwater to the one-lane bridge spanning the Murtle River. There is little room to park and observe the falls – a small turnout on the north side of the bridge has room for  2 or 3 cars.


Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall … it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round.

Book your stay at Valley Hideaway

Valley Hideaway is a non smoking property.


No Smoking inside the guest house or on the premises


Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall … it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round.

Wells Gray Park Open


Update From Wells Grey Tourism … Wells Gray Park Open ….

Wells Gray Park is fully open tomorrow morning (September 12, 2017) at 8:00 AM. This includes Moul Falls, the flower meadows, and the West Lake Loop. See you on the trails! Hooray!”

Wells Gray Park Open


The back country of Wells Grey Park, in Clearwater BC has been closed for much of the summer due to fire hazard. Access to some of the Falls (Spahats Falls, Dawson Falls, the Mushbowl, and Helmcken Falls) has been available but most of the walk in falls were inaccessible. The entire park is open.

That all changes tomorrow. The park is reopen. That’s good news for everyone.

Time for a hike? Come to Clearwater. Hike the Trophies. Explore to your heart’s content.

Want to stand under a waterfall? Come to Clearwater and hike into Moul Falls. It’s an experience you will never forget.

Come check out the salmon at Bailey’s Chute. They are still running.

Come and see the sights that people from all over the world journey here for. Come be amazed at the wonder of it all.

Clearwater BC and Wells Grey Park are worth seeing for the first time or once again.

You might not realize that much of the park is open year round. I think that some of the falls (particularly Helmcken Falls) have a special majestic beauty in the winter season. See ice cones at the bottom of the falls several hundred feet tall.

Come cross country ski or snowshoe. Try your hand at ice fishing.

BOOK YOUR STAY WITH AT VALLEY HIDEAWAY GUEST HOUSE. Like the Park, we are open year round as well.

Clearwater is for more than summer. Winter, summer, spring and fall, it takes all year to do it all in Clearwater.

Valley Hideaway Guest House is a non smoking property

No Smoking inside the guest house or on the premises