Date of Stay: June, 2010
My family is spread from Boise, ID to Portland, OR to Palm Springs, CA. As a result of this we usually only get together once per year for 4 or 5 days. There are 2 RVs and 3 tents, with approximately 16 total people. We are a pretty sedate crowd but with 5 kids under the age of 5 it can get a bit crazy! Our 2010 get together was planned for Wallowa Lake in the end of June. In planning this trip I talked to the rangers on several occasions and planned our two hookup sites to be next to each other and all the way in the back for reduced traffic and our sites went around a corner to ensure that we had enough space for 3 tents to comfortably coexist for 3-4 nights. When we arrived we found that because of larger than expected snow melt in the mountains around us that one of our sites was completely flooded and the other site was about 25% flooded. We were told that we could move but not be next to each other and we would each have to move twice because of other reservations coming in. We were told that because there were other sites to move us to and we were declining them we would not be able to get any type of a refund. Great so split up the family reunion to separate corners of the park, or live in a swamp together, either way its going to run you $120 (Including the park fee) per site for the weekend. We stayed together and paid the price. The lake is really pretty and the sites seem to be spaced pretty well in the back loops. There is a small town sort of thing at the southern end of the lake that was very accessible by foot, but bikes make it more accessible. Except for having to walk through water to get in the rig it wasn’t all that bad all together.
Date of Stay: February, 2010
This was a nice but aged campground. The roads were highly deteriorated and the sites while mostly (if not all?) pull through were not particularly level. The campground was practically empty (the section we were in at least) but if it were not we would have been very close to our neighbor. As it was the guy 2 spaces down ran his loud Honda exterior generator every second that was allowed. He would fire it up about 5 mins before “Generator Time” and turn it off when the ranger or camp host came by to tell him to. It wasn’t hot, so I’m not sure what he was running other then the TV? We used this time to go hiking both days we were there. The cost was $15 per night, and an additional $5 to dump on the way out. I was fine with the price; the hiking was very nice and outstanding views of the valley. The place is pretty local to us and I wouldn’t mind going again next February/March.