Tucked in a beautiful corner of northeast Oregon, on the doorstep of the spectacular Eagle Cap Wilderness, lies one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders – the scenic glacial Wallowa Lake. The tall snow-capped mountains, beautiful blue waters and starlit skies invite visitors to adventure and explore the rugged surrounding wilderness. Discover the rich history of the area, a sacred homeland to the Nez Perce Indians, in the nearby town of Joseph. Browse through the artifacts and history of these settlers at the Wallowa County Museum and stroll the cobblestone sidewalks lined with specialty shops, galleries and bronze foundries. A one-of-a-kind town on the shores of Wallowa Lake.
‘The Little Switzerland of America’
The high granite peaks of the surrounding Wallowa Mountains, clear blue alpine lakes and meadows of wildlife have made this area known as ‘The Little Switzerland of America’. Ride the gondola to the top of Mt Howard at 8,150 feet with spectacular panoramic views of the blue waters below. Explore the trails or simply relax at the Northwest’s Highest Restaurant, where the adventurous can take to the skies paragliding. Hike or horseback ride into Oregon’s largest wilderness, Eagle Cap Wilderness, where you are welcomed by 534 miles of developed trails, alpine meadows and over 50 lakes to cool off in. Let your senses run wild riding the white waters of Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America or walk amongst the majestic Ponderosa Pines in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Wallowa Lake offers more endless outdoor activities. The calm waters are perfect for paddle-boarding, canoeing and swimming. The lake holds eight state records including the largest ever Kokanee caught in the world - so fishing is tops! Fish from the shoreline or troll the crystal clear waters. The Wallowa Lake Marina has everything you need to make your stay on the lake special and the kids can let loose on the go carts, bumper boats and miniature golf.
To explore further, there are many scenic byways to venture off on and discover the beauty that surrounds you, such as the Blue Hole, Zumalt Prairie Reserve and Hat Point. The 218-mile long Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is a premier scenic route and for an experience like no other, where no car can take you, head to the nearby town of Elgin for a journey through scenic landscape along the Grande Ronde and Wallowa River on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train.
The Wallowas awaits you.