The Wallowa Lake in Oregon, is not just stunning because of its pristine clear cool waters, and also because it is surrounded on three sides by the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains. The Wallowas are often called "Americas Little Switzerland" for alpine lakes and meadows.
Considered to have been created as a result of a series of Pleistocene Glaciers, the high moraines impounding the lake create a beautiful backdrop for the crystal clear water of the lake to glow.
The calm crystal-clear waters of the Wallowa Lake are open for water sports, boating and swimming. The main campground is equipped with plenty of picnic tables and offers sports grounds.
Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy sightings of creatures such as mule deer, elk, foxes, mink, river otters, geese, osprey, eagles, mergansers and various ducks.
The Wallowa Lake Trailhead is another opportunity for visitors to be one with nature, walking among majestic flora such as Douglas Fir, Aspens, Ponderosa Pine and ancient cottonwoods. Furthermore, a small half a mile-long hike from Wallowa Lake takes hikers to the Iwetemlaykin Heritage Park, nestled within the sacred land of the Nez Perce Tribe. This small albeit beautiful park, perfect for a short hike, features a running stream, a small pond and many meadows. The relative tranquility and serenity of this undisturbed park make it ideal to witness amazing wildlife.
Perhaps the most stand out feature of Wallowa Lake is the 'Kokanee Festival' – a celebration of the spawning of the red backed Kokanee. Also a family-oriented, Swiss-Bavarian Oregon's Alpenfest festival, takes place in the end of September, with performances at the Edelweiss Inn at Wallowa Lake.
Finally, take a spectacular ride on 4-person Wallowa Lake Tramway to the top of 8,150' Mount Howard. Have a lunch at the highest Northeast restaurant while enjoying the Wallowa Mountains and the Seven Devils.
For all the nature lovers out there, it would truly be a shame to miss out on the breathtaking beauty of Wallowa Lake.
Driving Directions to Wallowa Lake State Park
Wallowa Lake State Park is located 330 miles of Portland, 76 miles of La Grande and near 13 miles of Enterprise.
Follow I-84 east to OR-82 E/Island Ave in La Grande, take exit 261 for OR-82, and drive about 70 miles east to OR-351, continue to follow OR-351 to a destination.
Address: 60077 Wallowa Lake Highway, Joseph, OR 97846
Accomodations: lodge and resorts
Camping: 121 full hookup, 89 tent, 2 yurts, 1 deluxe cabin, hiker/ biker camp.
Online Reservation: www.reserveamerica.com
Wallowa Lake Village