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Strolling the banks of Wallowa Lake

Over the weekend, I decided to take a day trip that I’ve wanted to take ever since we moved here, almost a year ago. I packed the kids and the dog into our car and set out for Joseph, Oregon and Lake Wallowa.

As we headed down Hwy 82, which is also designated as “Hells Canyon Scenic Byway” broad farmlands narrowed down to rim rock, then to the steep canyon of the Wallawa River. As the valley opened up, we saw dozens of people fishing in hip waders in the river. The Wallowa Mountains towered over us as we continued driving through the towns of Wallowa and Enterprise. Finally we arrived at the town of Joseph, just North of Wallowa Lake. Joseph is a town surrounded by beautiful mountains, wilderness and water. It’s not too surprising that it is also home to many artists who give the town a touch of class and comfort. I’m afraid we didn’t have much time to shop or eat at the many places in town, but with Hells Canyon and the Eagle Cap Wilderness still out there to explore, I’m sure we’ll be back very soon to this beautiful corner of the state.

Becky is a mom living in Pendleton, Oregon who likes to explore the outdoors and find free or low-cost activities to share with her family.

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  1. CATHY MOORE says…


    Written on October 11th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
  2. Ron Keffer says…

    Oregon is one of the most pristine states in the Union. I am a previous resident of Island City located 2 miles east of La Grande.

    July 2010, we visited Wallow Lake and what a treat. Some changes since the 60’s but it is still a beautiful area. Another treat is visiting the Imnaha Store and Restaurant. Can’t miss it, they are located directly across the street from the Post Office. Don’t blink cause you will miss it traveling through town. Great food, ambiance, and interesting history. KEEP OREGON GREEN!

    Written on October 22nd, 2010 / Flag this Comment
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