While this site is close to the two-lane highway, it feels tucked in and close to nature anyway. Individual sites are spacious and have running water, picnic tables, and fire pit. The restroom facilities are clean and accessible. Hosts are friendly and helpful. Best part is the access to the Grand Ronde river where kids can wade or explore along the banks. We’ve been twice and will return. Recommended.
More and more I'm staying at USFS campgrounds and enjoying the experiences. Yes, they're dry, but they're cheap, dark, quiet and in exceptionally beautiful places. Ollokot is in the Hell's Canyon Recreation area and is seriously the best campground I've encounter on my latest 4 week fall trip. Located right on the Imnaha River, the scenery is breathtaking, the sites are big with lots of room. It's a short drive up to the Hell's Canyon Overlook which is spectacular. Only downside is the road out of Joseph to get there…..it's not for the faint of heart if you have a larger RV. Narrow, potholes and absolutely no wiggle room. It's six inches between you and the side of the canyon. So take it SLOW!!!
I could hear the leaves falling as I walked the 20 yards past the campsite to a little clearing. This National Forest campground is easily accessible by a decent gravel road.
Sites are a little close together, but it was the shoulder season, so there were only a handful of other campers, all of whom were in RVs.
There was an additional larger section of campground that was closed off for the winter. That section looked like it had running water in the past, but a sign said there was some issue with it being undrinkable and that rangers were working on it.
Definite bear presence in this area. We saw a bunch of scat and turned around on the Burnt Cabin hike (trailhead about a half mile up the road) because we distinctly smelled bear.
Finally, this spot is at elevation and near a ski hill, so it seems safe to assume it can get dumped on with snow.
I had originally intended on staying at one of three closer campgrounds that I ultimately rejected and made the decision to drive on to Minam State Park. Was I ever happy I did. The only downside was the 2 mile, narrow, gravel road into the park. A little bit of a nail biter with a bigger rig. Once there it was a nice size, dry campground with lots of sites to choose from and right next to the gorgeous Minam River. Whitetail doe with 2 fawns frequented the campground. Lots of fishing, some small trails and wound up walking down the dirt road with dogs as there was literally no traffic and the views were so outstanding. Apple trees alongside the dirt road provided a wonderful, unexpected snack.
Located in the far northeast corner of Oregon, this state park has something for everyone. Wallowa Lake is known for it's natural beauty, fishing, and water sports. The surrounding mountains and wilderness area are spectacular. Ride the tram to the top of Mt Howard (not cheap, but worth it). Take advantage of the amusement spots. Stop by the lodge for a meal, a night's stay, or a beverage. Nearby Joseph is a fun spot with shopping, a brewery, galleries and eateries. If history is your thing, you can follow the trail of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce. The Snake River canyon is a quick day trip.
Now on to the campground. It's large with all the amenities you expect from a great state park. The sites on the outside if thre loops are large. There's a marina on one end. Deer are generally present. Several hosts and rangers are in-site.
This is a very small campground along Hurricane Creek. Private secluded sites, just a few miles from Hurricane Creek Trailhead in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The creek is very loud, so much so that I wore earplugs at night to sleep
This is a small campground with limited amenities, but a nice amount of privacy for each site. The creek lives up to it's name and is very loud. The sites are not especially big, just enough space for two small tents.
This place is amazing. Clean, convenient, and right on a productive stretch of the Minam River. Near the confluence of the Minam and Wallowa rivers, this is a perfect base camp for exploring the waters and towns of the Wallowa mountains. An outfitter/camp store sits a half mile upriver, and the towns of Lostine, Wallowa, Enterprise, Joseph, and Elgin are nearby. For $6 (!) you get a great spot literally just a few dozen feet from the water. Fan-freaking-tastic! Oregon parks are the best.
What a great part of NE Oregon and a must see if near Hell"s Canyon!
The campground had tight spots and little room between each spot. Kinda felt like we were on display and got a lot of comments on our little guy silver shadow teardrop trailer…one lady said our set up was "Fascinating!"
This may have been due to us camping in mid September but mosquitos were not an issue at all on our visit.
We had a small quiet campsite that despite not being far from the next site over was very private.
It was a very short walk from our campsite to a bathroom. But as I said earlier, due to the privacy from the trees you could easily pee in the forest without raising eyebrows.
In the morning it was a very short walk down to the lake. The lake is beautiful and clear. Perfect for fishing, kayaking, and even swimming if you felt so inclined.
I would definitely go back and recommend it to a friend.
This campground is pretty high up, it's quite a drive to get there, however every bump and curve of the road is worth it. There are fire pits, a bathroom and lots of sites. Eagle creek is right there and wildlife is abundant.
A medium sized lake with plenty of access, camping, hiking and day use. Plenty of secluded spots with picnic tables next to the lake, kid and pet friendly. Only about 10 minutes from La Grande. In the spring, there are lots of black eyed Susan's (flowers).
The best part for us was the large grassy play area for the kids. It was just like back in the 80's where you played with all the kids there in one giant game of who knows. The grounds are maintained. It is busy busy there, so book 9 months in advance. There are go-carts with in walking distance, which was so much for for all ages.
It get chilly there, so be prepared. The lake is mountain run-off water. The town of Josef is a short drive to see some history and grab some food.
Again.. book early!
The campground is somewhat primitive. There are flushing toilets on the lower loop, vault toilets on the upper loop. no showers, but you can refresh in the lake. The nights get chilly, so be prepared with warm socks and a beenie, especially if you’re tent camping.
There are now power boats allowed on the lake, so it is raft, kayak paddle board friendly.
The path arIund the lake is sn easy walk, just don’t expect tI sIt on a bench and enjoy the vIew. Yhe yrees have grown up
This place is great!!! They were so friendly! The tent sites are large and grassy with plenty of shade! You even get WiFi at them. They have a pool and hot tub that is heated by the hot springs! Fairly priced and fun! Bathrooms were nice and clean. There is a gravel road if you go in one way so take the next exit.
On our way to Portland from SLC we decided to book a Yurt on AirBnb at Grande Hot Springs Resort. We arrived the evening of 14 April after a long day of driving from Burley. Checking in was a snap. The Yurt was clean and fresh with a private courtyard and soaking tub backing up to a pond looking up a hillside. Being early spring it was cold enough at night to keep the mosquitos at bay. From our Yurt we walked around the hot lake to the Historic Hot Lake Hotel. The glow of the setting sun against the hotel facade is best described as a scene from "The Shining." Creepy in a stepping back in time kind of way. I'm attracted to those old west neo-classical buildings that have survived and being revived. Back to the Yurt, the only downside was having to take a hike to use the toilet.
The camp has four spots for camping with picnic tables, fire pit, tie ups for horses and hay holders. There was some hay left over that attracted a deer very close to us as we camped here at night. We also heard what may have been a bear growling at night. The camp is about 11 miles down a gravel road and next to Two Pan trailhead, where there are a decent amount of cars parked for people who are backpacking in the eagle cap wilderness. Access to the trail is a short walk from the camp. We did a day hike along the trail, and it’s very pretty. Next to a creek, lots of wildflowers, many birds chirping. I love this place. It would be fantastic to visit again, stay for a bit longer, and go backpacking.
this campground was always my favorite growing up and it still is today! they have very spacious camp sites, lots of variety (ie tent sites and full hook up sites) that would fit anyone’s needs! There are very helpful hosts onsite campfire you can buy and a jr ranger program my kids love! They also have a playground for the kids in the heart of the park! Wallowa is well worth the trip!
During mid summer months depending on your campsite you should bring mosquito spray ..they aren't bad just annoying
Very dry with little tree coverage. Loads of people and every campsite was full. Lakes are great for fishing with kiddos. Cannot ride dirtbikes or 4 wheelers in the campsite or on the road unless street legal. If you go up higher towards the horse corrals it isn't as dry and tends to be less crowded.
Tent camping is away from the RVs at this site. Comfortable, clean grounds with included hot springs pool access, indoor store, and full bathroom facilities. We loved it so much that we stayed here two nights. Beware of ticks near the grass area. Cool off with ice cream and cold drinks at the store. Everyone was wonderful to work with and speak to.
The views from this campsite are great! There is access to great swimming holes from this campground. It is a first come, first serve site with limited vegetation between campers. It can be loud depending on neighboards. Toilets are available, so are build in grills with grates at the bottom on the hill.
Terrible tent camping experience. This campground is TOO close to the highway and too noisy even with ear plugs or music. We could barely sleep nor have a conversation while sitting across each other for breakfast. I would advice to only stay here if you have an RV camper. The bathrooms were very clean, great trails and the interpretive center was very educational. No complaints there.
Very nice facility. We stayed in a tent, the tent sites are away from the RVs. Nice setting across a creek and in the trees. Beautiful starry sky at night, and we woke up to an impressive amount of birds singing. Take bug spray!! Mosquitoes were awful in the evening before we got spray on.
The bathrooms and showers are clean and nice. They have a pool and soaking tubs from the natural hot springs (unfortunately we didn't get time to check these out thoroughly, they look nice though!) Bit of a walk to the restroom from the tent sites, but there is a portapotty closer if you prefer.