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“A must see location!”

Wallowa Lake State Park
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Joseph
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Wallowa Lake is absolutely beautiful! We stayed in site D21. It was an ok site. It was open to sun from about 10am in the morning till late in the afternoon. There were no trees in this site. But the site next to us D 22 and D 23 were great, same with D35 and D37. So much to do there, plenty of trails, fishing, boat rentals, miniature golf, the tram up the mountain and the Hells Canyon lookouts. Very family friendly. August weather was great, 85 degrees in day and 40's at night. The town of Joseph 6 miles away is so cute. Amazing chocolate shop there, "Arrowhead Chocolates". I will certainly go back here to camp again!

2  Thank JennMomof3
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

The park is spacious , clean , has access to Wallowa Lake. One can select either shade or sunshine for a place to sit and have a snack. Many were enjoying wading in the stream which runs through the park.

Thank Leonwayne
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Wallowa Lake is one of the most remote state parks in OR, but having camped at several along the coast and central OR last year, Wallowa is our favorite. The park is large with plenty of camping and full hookup sites for RVs, if a little cramped. Reservations via the excellent Oregon State Parks website was a breeze, and we ended up getting one of the last RV spots when we booked in June--this is a popular park, and now we know why.

There are plenty of family-friendly activities in and near the park. We did the Tram to the top of Mount Howard, which we loved, and spent plenty of time on the lake, both swimming and boating. The beach area isn't the nicest, and it can be challenging to find a sandy/soft part to wade out into the lake (bring a pair of water socks to help with the rocky shoreline), but the water temp in August was pleasant.

We also rented a small 6HP motor boat and took it to the opposite end of the lake to do some swimming at the County Park there, and that was fun.

Our favorite part of the park, however, was the Jr. Ranger program, and the evening program administered by Lou and his college intern Ben. Lou is an institution at Wallowa, and has been doing this for decades. In fact, some of the parents there with kids going through the program had gone through the same program with Lou when they were kids!

Our eight year-old daughter spent an hour each morning going through the program, and earned her Jr. Ranger badge, certificate, and patch. Lou and Ben were awesome, and the evening program, with Lou's stories, Ben's piano playing, and the old nature movies, was a slice of nostalgia. We can't recommend this program enough, and the love and care that Lou has put into the program (one of the only parks in the state that does the Jr. Ranger program seven days a week, as he will remind you) is clearly evident in every aspect of it.

2  Thank dunadan
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Easy to get to. Not a lot of space between the sites. The South end of the Campground is a distance from the lake shore. You are not far from the NF trailhead that lead into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. We had time for one day hike so we choose the route to Ice Lake. What a beautiful lake -- it is long as day hikes go but well worth it. The campground does offer free showers and after a long hike, it was nice. There are quite a few deer that roam around the campground too. Some people allow their small children get too close. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Thank kcschueler
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

This pristine lake surrounded by tall evergreens & mountains is a perfect spot for vacation either camping or staying in nearby Joseph.

Thank Jean_T_12523
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