ICE AGE FLOODS
Cataclysmic floods inundated portions of the Pacific Northwest during the last Ice Age, and formed the area we know today.
These floods are a remarkable part of North American natural heritage. They have profoundly affected the geography and ways of life in the region, but have until recently remained largely unknown to the general public. You can also read more about the great flood at the "Ice Age Flood Institute".
The Quincy Valley is framed by ridges forced up by titanic forces under the earth’s surface. Ancient sea beds now lie exposed on the ridge tops. The valley was then filled with huge walls of water from the biggest floods ever known on earth. These violent and explosive events left dramatic sheer cliffs, deep canyons, and ancient lakes.
The floods also filled the valley with deep, fertile soil, enriched by volcanic deposits. For centuries humans hunted wildlife, dug roots, and captured teeming salmon from the Columbia River.
With the coming of dams on the river irrigation became available. Today’s farmers – working with ample sun and water – grow an amazing variety of crops. Apples, peaches, cherries, sweet corn, wheat, onions, potatoes, wine grapes and more jostle with each other for space. Restaurants and wineries take advantage of this bountiful valley.
Come to the Quincy Valley. Rest in luxurious resorts or quiet hotels. Taste the bounty of the earth in quaint restaurants, fruit stands, and award winning wineries. Explore the remains of the ice age floods. Hike through sagebrush steppe wildlife preserves. Enjoy swimming, boating, and other water sports on the mighty Columbia. Above all, experience the bounty and calm of nature.
Quincy Valley Tourism
P. O. Box 668 - Quincy, WA. 98848