Good views of the mountains. Beautiful lake. Impressive marina for those who are trailing boats. Emphasis on RV camping rather than secluded tent camping and I prefer tent camping. Bathrooms clean.
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.
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!"
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!
Crowded state park with decent facilities. beautiful lake access. take the time to visit chief Joseph.
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!
I love this campground. It is near the lake, clean, with showers. There are go carts and mini golf nearby for families, and the gondola provides gorgeous views. You can hike, or ride up the mountains as well. Joseph is a great western and artistic community just at the other end of the lake. The people are wonderful and genuine.
We stayed here for two nights while hiking in the Wallowas. Campgrounds are pretty crowded, mostly with RVs, but not crowded enough that there were lines for the bathrooms/showers. The staff kept the bathrooms/shower areas spotless, water was hot (excellent after a 20 mile hike to Ice Lake and back), and it was nice to lay out on the docks after sunset to watch the stars and feel connected to nature. Only issue with the camp is that there are so many people that it gets really smokey with all the fires, and my allergies were definitely kicking in in the morning.
I loved my visit to this State park. While the park is very crowded, there are plenty of places to hide away to enjoy the lake, the river, or the mountains. There is a gentle nature path that runs above the campsites that also hooks into the more challenging Chief Joseph trail, so it has something to offer all activity and ability levels.
Cons: I wish that campground/hiking maps were more readily available.
Side note: As you drive around the lake to get to the park, make sure to stop at Old Chief Joseph's burial site. Honor those whose land this was.
I grew up near Wallowa Lake and I still go up to camp every year! Such a beautiful lake with not an overwhelming amount of people. The campsites are nice and it is generally full of friendly people.