Directions: From the town of Joseph take Main St. south where the road curves and turns into Wallowa Lake Hwy. About 6 miles later you’ll enter the Wallowa Lake area follow the road off to the right and enter the parking area for the lake.
There is a dock on the south end of the lake where the marina is and that’s where we put our kayak in. You get the best views of the Wallowa Mountains on this end as well.
Wallowa Lake is pretty huge and you can see just how big it is while you’re driving on the Wallowa Lake Highway, you follow right along it for miles. We saw every type of boat and recreational water sport while we were there. Speed boats, pontoons, jet skis, kayaks, canoes stand up paddle boards, inflatable donuts…you name it, we probably saw it! It doesn’t necessarily feel crowded because the lake is so big, but you will always be within earshot of someone and the speed boats tend to rip around the lake so you’ll be bouncing around quite a bit.
While we were on the lake we saw a few bald eagles, osprey, and quite a few common mergansers. There were a few deer out in the grass as well.
If you paddle about to the center of the lake there are some small square floating docks, some with benches, that you can get out and relax on.
The whole lake and surrounding area is quite scenic, we had a great time while we were out on the water.
Distance: Depends on how far/where you’re going. It’s an easy paddle.
Pet Friendly: Sure if you’re dogs like being out on the water.
Good For: All ages
Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area.
Parking Fee: None