Recreational Areas in Joseph
Wallowa Lake. A few miles south of Joseph proper on Highway 351 (or the Wallowa Lake Highway), sparkling, blue-green Wallowa Lake is the highest body of water in eastern Oregon (elevation 5,000 feet). Boating and fishing are popular, and the lake supports a whole vacation village on its southern end, complete with cabins, restaurants, and miniature golf. Wallowa Lake Hwy., Joseph, OR.
Wallowa Lake State Park. On the south shore of Wallowa Lake is a campground surrounded on three sides by 9,000-foot-tall snowcapped mountains. If you'd rather lose elevation than gain it, Hells Canyon is just 30 mi east. The park campground has 121 full hookups, 89 tent sites, a 2-story cabin (sleeps 8), and 2 yurts. Popular activities include fishing and powerboating on the adjacent Wallowa Lake, plus hiking on wilderness trails, horseback riding, and canoeing. Nearby are bumper boats, miniature golf, and the tramway to the top of Mt. Howard. Off Hwy. 82, 6 mi south of Joseph, 72214 Marina La., Joseph, OR, 97846. 541/432–4185 or 800/551–6949. www.oregonstateparks.org. $5 per vehicle. Daily.
Rainbow trout, kokanee, and mackinaw are among the species of fish in 300-foot-deep, 4-mi-long Wallowa Lake. You can picnic on the water at several moored docks.
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