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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 beautiful Wallowa Lake, just a 10-minute drive south of downtown Joseph, this alpine park with a highly popular campground is surrounded on three sides by 9,000-foot-tall snowcapped mountains. Popular activities include fishing and powerboating on the lake, plus hiking wilderness trails, horseback riding, and canoeing. Nearby are a marina, bumper boats, miniature golf, and the tramway to the top of Mt. Howard. 72214 Marina La., off Hwy. 351, Joseph, OR, 97846. 541/432–4185 or 800/551–6949. www.oregonstateparks.org. Day use $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.