Joseph, Oregon

A wide range of activities await the outdoor enthusiast in Joseph. Wallowa Lake offers year-round fishing plus boating. You can rent paddle boats, canoes and row boats at Wallowa Lake Marina. Take a scenic bicycle trip through Hells Canyon or the Wallowa Lake area. Hundreds of miles of trails await hikers in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Hells Canyon Recreation Area. Guides and outfitters are available for hunting, fishing, horseback riding and whitewater adventures. In the winter go backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in the Wallowa Mountains. Explore this page to find out what to do while visiting Joseph.

Winding Waters River Expeditions

PO Box 566, Joseph, OR 97846.
Phone: 541-432-0747;
Toll-free: 1-877-426-7238;
Fax: 541-432-0747. E-mail

Festivals and Events

This four day event celebrates the Swiss-Bavarian culture with cuisine, polka music, folk dancing, alphorn blowing and Swiss yodeling. Purchase tickets on line or at the door.

Bronze Bike Motorcycle Rendezvous. E-mail
This weekend event features live music, vendors, activities, HogFest and more.

Bronze Blues & Brews. Held at City Park located at the end of east Fourth Street, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-432-1015. E-mail

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Held at the Harley Tucker Memorial Arena, PO Box 13, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-432-1015. E-mail

The event is four nights of fun including a Grand Parade featuring Nez Perce Tribal members, rodeo, and nightly dancing. On this web site you can see a schedule of events, find accommodations to stay, meet the contract acts, order tickets, and see this year's results.

Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race
Eagle Cap Extreme runs through the Wallowa Mountains and features a 200 mile; 12 dog race, a 100 mile; 8 dog race and a 31 mile pot race. Check out the web site for activities, vantage points, rules and regulations.

Oregon Mountain Cruise. Classic car show with live music, games and awards. Registration is at the Joseph Community Center.

Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts. Contact the Chamber for tickets and info, Joseph, OR 97846. E-mail

This three day festival begins with special reception where you can meet the artists and preview the art while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, wine and other beverages. Door prizes are also given out.

This festival is sponsored by Wallowa County Gamblers Snowmobile Club (WCGSC). Participate in adult winter games, all you can eat breakfast and dinner, live music and snowmobile trails. Maps, guides, reports, runs and events are highlighted on their web site.

Youth Arts Festival. Contact WVAC at PO Box 526, Joseph, OR 97846.

Guides and Outfitters

Eagle Cap Wilderness Pack Station. 59761 Wallowa Lake Highway, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-805-4549 or 541-432-4959; Toll-free: 1-800-681-6222. E-mail (Hunting, camping and horseback riding).

Ninebark Outfitters. 65881 Dobbin Road, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-426-4855. E-mail ( Private, customized recreational adventures including hunting, fly fishing, hiking and pack trips based out of a private lodge).

Guides and Outfitters - Fishing

Eagle Cap Fishing Guides. PO Box 865, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 800-940-3688. E-mail

Winding Waters River Expeditions. PO Box 566, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-432-0747; Toll-free: 1-877-426-7238. E-mail

Guides and Outfitters - Horseback Riding

Backcountry Outfitters. PO Box 568, Union, OR 97883. Toll-free: 1-888-812-4707 ext. 1.

Guides and Outfitters - Hunting

Steen's Wilderness Adventures. 64591 Steen Road, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-432-6545. E-mail

Guides and Outfitters - Whitewater Rafting

Winding Waters River Expeditions. PO Box 566, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-432-0747; Toll-free: 1-877-426-7238. E-mail


Wallowa Lake Marina. PO Box 47, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-432-9115. E-mail

Outdoor Recreation

Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site. Off Highway 82, one mile north of Wallowa Lake on the south end of Joseph. GPS: 45.341634 N; -117.223683 W.

Hiking trails offer stunning views of the Wallowa Mountains. While on your hike, note the wildflowers and wildlife.

Wallowa Lake Highway Forest State Scenic Corridor. Off Highway 82, 12 miles west of Enterprise. Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.622777 N; -117.684166 W.

Located along the Wallowa River, this day-use site is a popular fishing spot, especially for fly fishing as you can wade in the river in many spots. Steelhead fishing is good during the spring and fall.

Wallowa Lake State Park. Off Highway 82, 6 miles south of Joseph. GPS: 45.284626 N; -117.203484 W.

Wallowa Lake is popular for fishing , boating and canoeing. Hiking and wilderness trails, horseback riding, bumper boats, miniature golf and the gondola ride are some of the many activities around the area.

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Wallowa Valley Ranger District: 201 East Second Street, PO Box 905, Joseph, WA 98831. Phone: 541-426-5546 or 541-426-4978; Fax: 541-432-0693.

Fishing, hunting, OHV riding, hiking trails, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are some of the activities to do in the popular recreation areas including the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Lostine River Canyon, Hurricane Creek, Reds Horse Ranch, the Lakes Basin, Wallowa Lake Tram, Moss Springs, Catherine Creek, West and East Eagle, Fish Lake, Cornucopia, Clear Creek and the Lostine, Minam, Imnaha and Eagle Creek Rivers.

Snow Activities

Ferguson Ridge Ski Area. For Ferguson Ridge Ski Area information call 541-398-1167 or E-mail Eagle Cap Ski Club.

Salt Creek Summit Sno-Park. Located 20 miles southeast of Joseph on Forest Road 39 and adjacent to the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, this Sno-Park is popular for snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. A large parking area and winter maintenance facility with a vault toilet are also available.

Sporting Goods and Equipment Rentals

Joseph Fly Shoppe. 203 N. Main Street, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-432-4343; Fax: 541-432-5304. E-mail

The Marina Store at Wallowa Lake. PO Box 47, Joseph, OR 97846. Phone: 541-432-9115. E-mail

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