Until 1796, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Sweden, the magnificent Grand Rapids, lay just below the former Lake Ragunda in the River Indalsälven. With a height of approximately 35 meters, the Grand Rapids made timber floating impossible from the large woods above the fall, because the timber was crushed to sticks in the raging whirls.
And so a bypass to the Grand Rapids was planned and the merchant Magnus Huss, nicknamed ‘Wild Huss’, was commissioned to take on the project. His idea was to divert water from a creek nearby to a gravel plateau and let the water dig a canal. In the night between the 6th and 7th of June 1796, though, spring runoff had raised the water in the river so high it overflowed, running through the canal and cutting through the gravel barrier. Within 4 hours, Lake Ragunda was emptied, the river had changed its course and the Grand Rapids dried out.
Now they are called Döda Fallet ‘Dead Falls’, but you can still see the traces of the ravaging water and the canyon below. Planked roads, steps and bridges go through the area and are, to a certain extent, accessible to wheelchairs.