Wallowa Lake looking to the South
Just a few miles south of Joseph lays a gem in a sea of astounding landscapes: Wallowa Lake, with its crystal blue water and rugged mountain backdrop certainly rivals anything in the lower forty-eight. Of all the memories travelers have of this region, Wallowa Lake seems to leave the greatest impression.
Though just less than four miles long and under a mile wide, this little lake is also home to record Kokanee, rainbow trout and even 38-pound Mackinaw.
Naturally formed by successive ice ages, glaciers formed the lake with textbook classic twin moraines to the east and west and a terminal moraine north near the town of Joseph. At just under 300 feet, the lake is very deep for it’s size.
A magnet for those from the lower, hotter parts east of the Cascades, the areas population swells greatly in summer. Visit here in the off season and you’ll enjoy a quiet and care-free solitude rarely found in this busy world.
The settlement at the south end of Wallowa Lake has shops, restaurants and other attractions. A beautiful state campground, trail head to the Eagle Cap Wilderness and an incredible tramway allow visitors to experience this wonderful area described as ‘Americas Little Switzerland.’
More on Wallowa Lake Oregon, including Maps, Useful Links and Points of Interest.
Just how pretty is it? View our Wallowa Lake Photo Gallery
Camping? Here’s the link to Wallowa Lake State Campground
Fishing? Visit Wallowa Lake Fishing on this site for a map and information.

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