Wallowa Lake Lodge is the perfect base camp for outdoor recreation in the water, on the trail, and even in the air.
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The lodge shares its lakefront setting with Wallowa Lake State Park, which offers trails, ranger talks, fishing and boating. At Wallowa Lake Marina in the park you can rent stand-up paddle boards, rowboats, kayaks, motor boats and pontoon boats.
As for hiking, a one-mile walk or drive from the lodge places you at the trailhead for three trails into the Eagle Cap Wilderness: the Chief Joseph, Aneroid Lake and West Fork trails. Waterfalls, mountain meadows, snow-capped peaks and wildlife will fill your camera’s memory card.
The hike up the East Branch of the Wallowa River to Aneroid Lake is relatively strenuous but may be accomplished by most people, in season, within a half day. A more gentle day hike is up Hurricane Creek, on the west side of Chief Joseph Mountain, has even more flowery meadows than the East Fork hike. Ahead of you as you stroll through forests and meadows are Sacagawea Peak and the Matterhorn. A trail branches off the Hurricane Creek trail, ascends the valley to Echo Lake, in a small, glacially carved basin called a cirque.
The Wallowa Lake Tramway, a short stroll from the lodge, lifts you 3,700 vertical feet to Mount Howard—a shortcut to the top of the wilderness. Bring your mountain bike or hiking shoes to explore or enjoy a meal at the top of the world. From Mount Howard, you can paraglide with (or without) an instructor with Wallowa Paragliding.
Road and mountain biking are supreme here. The annual Cycle Oregon ride, one of the nation’s premier bike trips, returns to the Wallowas often for the incredible scenery and brilliant summer weather, and this summer there is the six-day Hells Canyon Bike Tour, departing July 10 and August 7. For information about the Tour, see the Bicycle Adventures web page.
Don’t want to bike? The Wallowa Lake Lodge is a stop on the the 218-milelong Hells Canyon Scenic Byway—one of the nation’s premier scenic routes. And whitewater boating is not far from Wallowa Lake Lodge, in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, North America’s deepest river canyon.
Also within a short drive: golfing, hunting at private ranches, museums, rafting outfitters, hot springs, the Eagle Cap Excursion Train and more. Visit Eastern Oregon is a one-stop for events, activities, scenic drives and more in Northeast Oregon.
Winter at the Lodge
Winter at the Lodge is an accessible wonderland of snow. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. The winter’s opportunities for solitude at Wallowa Lake Lodge is often not otherwise available in our busy lives.
During late January, Joseph hosts the Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog races. This is one of only six qualifying races for teams to qualify to compete in the Iditetod or Yukon Quest races.
Please note: The Lodge is committed to your quiet, relaxed and comfortable stay … free from telephones, elevators, television and air conditioning. Wi-Fi is available for your convenience. The lodge, cabins and entire grounds are no-smoking and pet free zones. Pets and smoking are not allowed in the Lodge, Cabins or anywhere on the grounds.