Recreation at Wallowa Lake

The Prairie of the Wallowas

If you’re visiting for the first time, you probably came here for the lake, but did you know that there’s a rare and spectacular feature that most never visit? It’s the vast, 515 sq. mile (329,600 acre) prairie known as the Zumwalt and its largely pristine and intact. It’s boundary extends northeast from all the towns in the Wallowa Valley right up to the forests that mark the rim overlooking the Snake River along the Oregon-Idaho border. This once-common landscape covered some 40 percent of the U.S, but today less that 2 percent remains. If you like rolling hills, vast skies, green fields and wildflowers, our prairie environs are sure to impress.

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Bicycling in the Wallowa Lake Area

Cycle Oregon is the largest cycling group in the state and claims to be ‘The Best Ride in America.’  Their website states, “Somewhere in America there may be a more awe-inspiring ride than this climb to the Wallowa Valley. If so, we have not found it.” Despite their goal of always traveling to a different place, since discovering us in 1995 they have returned here four times and no doubt, will return again. UPDATE: They are returning again on Sept. 10th and 11th, 2018.

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Wallowa Lake Marina

We rent everything from kayaks to a pontoon boat to enjoy the exceptional fun on the lake and we can tell you all about the record-breaking fishing. Take an early morning or evening to enjoy some quiet serenity. Relax, swim or fish the pristine waters.

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Wallowa Lake Boating

Wallowa Lake has two public boat ramps. The first one you arrive at is on the north end at the County Park and has a double ramp and tie-up dock. The second, at the south end, is located 5 miles further along and is within the State Park just west of the Marina. Wallowa Lake is generally calm, making it a great place for canoes and skiers.

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Wallowa Lake Fishing

Fishing at Wallowa Lake is a popular pastime that is both enjoyable and can be quite productive. Whether you fish from a boat or from shore seems to make no difference- if all you want to do is catch fish, and you just might get yourself in the record books!

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Mt Pines Adventure Golf

Mountain Pines Adventure Golf is truly a unique miniature golf course situated among the pine trees which offers challenges and fun for everyone. Putt through a log, through the rocks and even into the water for a chance at a hole-in-one.  You’ll enjoy the calming waterfalls and fountains throughout the course.  So come have some fun and create a memory of a lifetime!   

Eagle Cap Chalets Miniature Golf

Eagle Cap Chalets' historical mini golf course represents over 50 years of family fun! First constructed in 1961, our course has been recently remodeled with some completely new holes, but retaining many of the original design. Some families have been returning for decades! It's a wonderful activity for young and old alike. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon under tall pines, and finish with our signature Mountain Berry Shake at the snack shack.

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JO Paddle

Your Glacier Clear Adventure awaits you. JO Paddle specializes in providing a one of a kind recreational experience where guests have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking Wallowa Lake above AND below the surface. It’s a fun peaceful activity that’s great for everyone.

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Marina Paddle Sports

We rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, paddle-boats and four-person rowboats. Everything is supplied to enjoy a quiet day on the lake. Take an early morning or evening to enjoy some quiet serenity. Relax, swim or fish the pristine waters.

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Swimming At Wallowa Lake

The East and West Fork of the Wallowa River feed the lake with crystal clear snow melt, making Wallowa Lake one of the clearest lakes in the world. Locals like to joke as they jump in, that the water was snow five minutes ago. Really though, after a few weeks of hot weather the water is very nice and refreshing.

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