This campground was very small with only 5 sites but very private and quiet. Full hook-ups were easily accessible and the distance between sites was very nice. Cable TV was provided and the owners were very friendly with suggestions for hiking and kayaking. We were only two blocks from town so access to art shops, groceries and restaurants was easy. Wallow Lake is a few minutes away and the towns of Enterprise and Willowa are only a half hour. Our weekly rate was $120. There are no restrooms or showers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is conveniently located two blocks from downtown Joseph. It only has five sites so you won’t find it listed in either Woodalls or Trailer Life since they require a minimum of ten sites to be listed in their guide. All five sites are gravel back-ins with FHU including cable. Each site has a picnic table. The WiFi signal is very weak and not usable but Verizon phone and aircard work here. There are no amenities, not even a bathroom so the daily rate of $25 is rather high compared to other places but the weekly rate of $120 makes it reasonable; monthly rate is $300. There is one “overflow” site which is water and electric only, on grass; rate is $20/day. The owners live in their home across from the park. The park is very quiet. We would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Mountain View Motel and Campground is primarily older Cabins with 9-10 RV/camp sites added as an afterthought. This review is focused on the RV sites and not the motel cabins. The RV sites are gravel and level. The Wi-Fi and Cable worked very well and much better than the more expensive campgrounds we have stayed in. The sewer and electrical hook-ups were not located with seemingly forethought as to site layouts. The RV sites are all back-in directly from a 2-way city street. The RV sites are located directly along side of a street leading to a small health care and emergency room located about ¼ mile from the RV sites. The two bathrooms were dated and lighting dim but “fairly” clean, with peeling paint and not centrally located. The showers were good size, with plenty of water pressure and hot water. The bathrooms were located to better service the cabins or possibly due to property size or limitations that left the RV sites being the farthest away from the two bathrooms and two showers. The RV sites needed mowing; the picnic table was in need of major repair, the 3-4 campers when we checked in seemed to be resident/long term campers. All the RV sites need maintenance, sewer drains relocated and electrical boxes replaced and repositioned. Site size/width was not uniform and basically needs to be rethought as to RV layout and requirements from small travel trailers to Class A units. Site security was only as good as the commercial neighborhood it is located in, rather than a campground with a defined entrance or pre-planned campground layout. The location along the city street would be better served as RV storage. Our host was very friendly and helpful. She provided an electrical extension at no charge due to the location of the power supply to our 5th wheel. The cost-value was representative of the overall condition of the campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beware of owner/manager. We called ahead twice as a courtesy on the day of our reservation. When we arrived, the owner was clearly upset and began interrogating me about what took me so long to get there. My first attempt to calm the situation was to tell him the truth that it takes a long time to drag a heavy trailer across the state; especially with 6 small children who need frequent stops. That wasn't good enough for him. Clearly and visibly upset, he said, calling by my first name multiple times in very rude and condescending tones, "You did something, what was it!!" My next tactic was to tell him it was none of his business what I did before or after I left his park. At that point, he got belligerent and through me out of the office. I was left with a road weary family with no place to go for some reason that still baffles me to this day. Apparently taking more than 4 hours to drive from the Boise area to this park is a capital offense in this owner's mind. It was like a mix between the Twilight Zone and Bates Motel. Please - avoid the Mountain View Motel and RV Park at all possible. The guy is unstable. We Did Not Stay In This Park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park has a number of negatives that prevents me from recommending it. 1) There are only about 9 FHU and they were all taken by long-term RVers. The rest of the sites are water and electric, a few of the sites have cable. There is only one price for RVers no matter what type of site you get. When we called, the owner led us to believe that we would get a FHU and we did not. 2) The owner allows his two dogs to run freely throughout the campground, barking and defecating all over the grass. Watch where you step. 3) We happen to stay during an event in Joseph. The owner allows tent camping and crammed as many people as possible into the grassy area. 4) The owner encourages you to dump your grey water onto your site to help keep it green. 5) The bathrooms and showers, while clean, were very rustic. The toilets wobble and the dividers and shower curtains don’t provide much privacy. Finally, there are no rules in this campground: nothing about quiet hours, etc. The owner has a laissez-faire attitude regarding rules. We camped here in a 30’ rig, and if you can guess, would not camp here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is NOT a full-service park as advertised. Most of the sites do not have sewer connections, although management will bring portable pump-out equipment upon request. They even ask that you dump gray water on their grassy site as a form of irrigation! We were inadvertently here during Chief Joseph Days rodeo (busiest week of the year), and Rfs were jammed into every possible space (i.e, most spaces were “double parked”). The WiFi is poor, and disconnects repeatedly (most likely due to the excessive volume of campers). Dogs are allowed to run free (particularly the owner’s). It is a very primitive park in a relatively remote and beautiful area, and does have a nice view of the Wallowa Mountains. With fewer occupants, the park is probably acceptable, although there are minimal shower facilities available. We camped 4 nights. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Good clean park. Lots of space and a great view of the Wallowa mountains. Centrally located also has cabins. I liked the Wi-Fi and shower house. Friendly and very helpful. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What a terrific park - a beautiful setting, impeccably maintained, beautiful views. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The sites are spacious and nicely arranged along a winding road among the trees. We had a great spot overlooking the river. The Wi-Fi is blazing!! Even though they didn't have 50 amp service at our site, we still rate it excellent. We just have to be conscious of what electrical we use. Everything else makes up for that!! There are some nice restaurants and shops just outside the park, the lake and state park are a short walk away, and the tram up the mountain is across the street. We drove around the area and didn't see any other parks we would have liked better - definitely a winner!! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very tightly spaced park. We had a lot of trouble backing into the space due to the amount of large trucks hanging out into the narrow road. Spaces are spaced apart with grass between but overall felt very crowded. Lots of families everywhere with lots of kids running around. There were toys everywhere. Owners were friendly. Good spot near the lake and close to Joseph which is a wonderful town, but we probably not stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Camped here in early November. They had an early snow fall and graded out our spot before we arrived. Extremely friendly. Beautiful spot with snow on the ground. Right on a small stream. Will stay here again, but wish they had better Wi-Fi. It appears it come from their office and isn't strong enough to cover the whole campground. Perhaps they could put in a repeater in the middle of the area. Call ahead for reservations in summer. Very popular. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park, very shady and clean. We love this park, but the only things we didn't like is that they have pay showers. We think that for $30 a night you should be able to get a free shower. The second negative was the internet service. We tried to keep getting it at the cafe across the street and their satellite was having problems so we had to go to Joseph to get internet service. Other than these two problems, we would have given this park at 10. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Sites that backup to the road are extremely close together. No privacy, uneven, no space to put out chairs next to rig, and had to sit at rear of our motorhome. Construction work within 10 feet of our site went on from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m every night. Lots of noise and dust all day, and not able to leave windows open during daytime. After asking daily to be moved to a larger and more quiet site: on day 4 we were finally moved. Center row of spaces are much nicer, larger and quieter. Would only recommend sites in the middle section of the park if you have a larger rig. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We absolutely love this RV park. We have made this an annual trip and stay for 8-10 days each year. The park is very clean, has a great staff, and always do whatever they can to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. The park has sites that are very large and deep for the really big rigs, and others that are better for the smaller RV's or tent trailers. The one thing that we especially enjoy is watching the deer wander through the park. Across the street from the RV park is the office with an internet cafe to check your e-mail etc. They make great latte's and cinnamon rolls. We take our laptops to the cafe each morning to check e-mails and enjoy a latte and cinnamon roll. For families that want to meet friends or other family members, that don't have an RV, there is a motel and cabins available, not to mention a really nice pool. The kids can be kept happy riding their bikes, playing putt putt golf, or getting an ice cream cone or blackberry milkshake. This is a very peaceful and quiet RV park that just so happens to be in a little piece of heaven, Wallowa Lake and Joseph, Oregon. The scenic beauty is just breathtaking, and makes this RV park that much more special. Less than 200 yards from the RV park entrance is the gondola ride to the top of 9000' Mt. Howard. This is a must do, and is not overly expensive and is affordable for a family outing. The ride to the top is spectacular. Be sure to take some nuts for the squirrels, they are everywhere on top. I hope you can make the trip to Joseph, OR and stay at "Park at the River". Once you have, I would bet you'll leave a bit of your heart there, when you leave for home. It's That special a place!! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed one weekday night in early August and were lucky to get a spot without a reservation. We got the second to last site at 2PM. This park, and the area in general, is very popular. We had a FHU back-in site with good (40 channel) cable TV. Most sites seem to fit that description. The park is on the Wallowa River just south of its junction with Wallowa Lake. The state park at this location is within a reasonable (15 minute) walking distance. The views are beautiful and the sites are nestled among the pines. When the park is fairly full, getting in these sites may be difficult but worth the effort. WiFi is available only at the office/store across the road and the park has little in the way of any recreational facilities except for a small indoor pool. There may be a couple sites that can get satellite TV but I wouldn't plan on getting a satellite friendly site. There are a couple local places to eat nearby but the town of Joseph is at the north end of the lake about 10 minutes away by car. Deer do walk through the park and I even saw one that parked himself in front of one RV's door and just laid there for at least half an hour. We camped here in a Motorhome.
All of the ladies in the office were very personable and helpful, good experience! Pretty park with old growth trees. The Sites are pretty close together but we didn't have any problems with all our slides. Busy campground with lots of cars coming and going. No campfires were allowed which was nice since sites were too close to each other. The campground's road is paved so there is no dust. Water, power and sewer worked fine. Our site was pretty level so no problems there. Verizon cell and Aircard signal was iffy even using our antenna & signal booster. You can go across the street and sit outside to use their internet access. Lot of families with kids with plenty of things for them to do across the highway. Beautiful lake and the town of Joseph which is about 6 miles away had some nice shops. Road construction was going on at the time and when we arrived at the park our tow car was a mess. You will probably want to unhook and drive your tow car in. We would probably go back during the low season to avoid the crowds. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our second year camping at this campground. It has became very popular with the "senior" crowd since last year with the perfect September weather and beautiful surroundings. The campground owners and staff go out of their way to be helpful, including making a point of coming down each day and bringing treats to our two dogs, contacting local restaurant owners to get dinner reservations, and serving up delicious cinnamon rolls daily. If your looking for a place to relax and enjoy the scenery, then this is the campground to stay when your in the Joseph area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our second year for visiting this park, they are probably the most congenial hosts around. When we did some damage to our travel trailer, they offered tools and time to help us out, which was greatly appreciated. Park is clean and nice, when completely full seems a little crowded, but that was only weekends. Close to lots of activities and great scenery. Pretty far off the beaten path, but worth the drive. Did not like to have to pay for showers, at the rate they charge per night, but solved that with using our own. Everyone should check out this area if even close to Northeast Oregon. Beautiful! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Friendly staff and good location. A little bit tight between spaces, so not great on a crowded weekend. Trees are beautiful. Biggest negative was that the showers were coin operated and didn't give the time indicated. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We loved this park! It was centrally located, literally across the street from the tram and about a half mile from the lake. The RV park was fantastic and the people were great. We were with 3 other RV's and they did their best to make sure we were close. It is a great place and we will definitely come back. Plan to stay for a few days, it is worth it! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice family park in the woods with a resident Roosevelt Elk. Clean facility, sites not too level, dirt or gravel roads with lots of trees! Beautiful location. Would stay here again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great Park within walking distance of Wallowa Lake and the highest tram in the United States. Great destination spot for the whole family, miniature golf, swimming pool, bumper boats, go carts, fishing, boating. The best part the deer roam freely thru the area, I had a 4 point deer eating out of my hands. If you like a quite out of the way place for the whole family, this is the place to go. If you go, take deer friendly food, cracked corn and or barley seeds. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We returned to this park after a couple of years and it's still very nice. The hosts were helpful and firewood is sold on-site. Did not see as much wildlife here as we have in the past. 48 hours of our stay the temperature stayed at 40 degrees and rain, which translated to a fresh foot of snow on Mt Howard. We will be back again even though this place stays booked solid. Our RV is 25' long. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is really a nice spot with grass & plenty of trees, no satellite TV, but got phone & private (Verizon) Wi-Fi. There are places to sight see from here, we drove to Hell's Canyon look out & there is a tram to the top of the mountain right around the corner. The lake looked nice, but it was the end of the season & they were bringing in all the boats. There are a lot of deer in the park, that are not afraid of the people. I saw people feeding them, which I wouldn't recommend, but they also would come up next to your RV & sit there for a long time. It is a well kept park & I would definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stunning setting. Last time we stayed here the sewer had backed up and was running into our site. The night crew responded @ 8PM and the morning crew @ 8AM when the problem couldn't be fixed. No offer to refund our fee, but could change to site by busy road. We'll come back, but not near the lower end of the sewer system. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a nice camp, but a little crowded for our taste. The sites are really tight together. We have two dogs and it was really hard to tie them where they didn't interfere with the camps on either side of us. I don't think we will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped in this beautiful park with family in adjacent sites for three nights. All of us had a great time and enjoyed the facilities. The campground host was in the site next to us and gave us some great suggestions of things to do. There are a lot of things to see and do in the area from fishing to sight seeing. We would like to return soon. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Another great Oregon State Park. Nice sites, nice people, quiet and peaceful. Joseph is a beautiful old western town with much to see and do. Several good restaurants. Many good hiking trails and the cable cars to the top of the mountain are a must. Restaurant on top very casual and decent food. Views spectacular. Everything you need for a fun vacation is here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one of Oregon's finest state parks! Large sites with full hookups (our site #A-01 was 86' long!) that provided lots of shade and room for our family reunion. Beautiful day use area, swimming beach, boat launch and marina where you can rent or dock your own boat. Park staff were friendly and helpful, with lots of Junior Ranger activities for the kids. Park is within walking distance to restaurants, Wallowa River and Wallowa Lake Tramway. Only 6 miles to beautiful little town of Joseph, where you can shop, dine and enjoy the many art and bronze galleries. Only negative point was that we were unable to use our Verizon Cell phone to receive or make calls. We were able to send and receive text at the park, so you won't be totally out of contact with civilization! Would highly recommend this state park! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great campground! Easy access to lake, lovely camp hosts, clean and free hot showers and restrooms. There are a couple washer and dryers also. The only negative - some of the sites were right on top of each other - careful when selecting your site if you want a bit more privacy. Would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is great for family's and family or friend reunions in the summer. If you like a lot of noise and rude campers it's OK for a summer vacation. The lake and town of Joseph are very nice. We have camped here before in the fall and it is wonderful and quite lovely. We will never camp here in the summer again. We had neighbors who took every bit of their site and some of ours as well. It is not really smart to set up tents four feet from the exhaust pipe of a motor home. Their friends across from us strung a dog run across their site as well as their neighbors, who they did not know. Well, I guess if they were trying to force us out it worked. We left a day early and we will not be back. Too bad, because this is a very nice lake. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Wallowa Lake SP over Memorial day weekend. Although it was still quite chilly, we had a wonderful stay. The park staff was very courteous and the restroom/shower facilities were clean. The park does get crowded on the weekends in the summer and yes there are lots of children, but that's part of the camping experience. Our three girls LOVED it, so we are headed back again for Labor Day weekend. We camped here in a Tent.
This park was unbelievably noisy, with incredibly tight spaces and overwhelmingly unhelpful employees! If this site had a rating lower than 1, this park would get it. Dogs barking all day and kids screaming from 7 am till 10 pm. This campground sits in a "bowl" so with at least 100-150 campfires going every night, it was impossible to breath. Park rangers very unconcerned about noise and dogs. They said they had no power to do anything about it even though it is written on the camp regulations sheet you get when you check in. Camp hosts (8 of them) are powerless too. They told me all they can do is "pick up things". Between staff and hosts there were 18-20 people here all day and each one claimed they could do nothing about barking, unattended dogs or enforcing quiet hours. They all go home at 5. So, there is no one here to enforce quiet hours. Bathrooms/showers are very old, very dirty and in need of repair. If you have children you want to let literally run wild 12 hours a day, come here. It is perfect. If you want any peace and quiet at all while camping, stay as far away from here as possible. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
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Beautiful campground with lots of trees. Deer wander through your campsite all day long. We had a pull through site. Tram ride is a must but expensive. @20.00 per person. Lake is five miles long and the people in the site next to us caught their limit of fish each day. Rained everyday except one. Next time will pick July or later to visit but will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful park, really busy in the summer, but on the edges of the season, a pleasure to stay at. I had occasion to speak to the park folks several times, and found them to be friendly and knowledgeable, I hope I have the opportunity to return! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This state park was very busy and from looking at the reservation site it appears it stays that way. The sites are a bit close together but not uncomfortably so. There were a lot of kids running around and you needed to be careful driving because of kids on bikes. Once it started getting dark things quieted down nicely and stayed that way all night. They are in the process of replacing their sewer hookups. The new ones work well but there could be some problems with the older style especially if you have an elbow on the end of your hose. Their reservation web site references dumping the black water tank at the dump station and only using the ones in the sites for gray water. Pay close attention to the maximum trailer length shown on each site not just the overall site length as there could be some turning radius problems when you are backing in. Bottom line we would stay here again. (800) 452-5687 We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is NOT big rig friendly. The roads are very narrow with trees limbs hanging over the roads. It was impossible to get into the park entrance, even going the wrong way, without scraping the tops and sides of our 40' motor home. In addition, weeds were 3 feet high around the water and electric hookups, and the supposed sewer hookup was a cast iron pipe that came out of the ground and turned back down toward the ground. It was so old that our sewer connection would not screw in, and had we tried to dump, the effluent would have run backwards out on the ground. The park was extremely noisy with screaming kids (yes, I know kids scream, but not like this) and barking dogs. Staff did nothing to control either one, and in fact, when I tried to talk to 3 camp hosts sitting near their rigs, they practically ignored me. I had heard Oregon State Parks were among the best in the country, but our first visit to one certainly didn't bear that out. The park has a pretty setting, but needs management. We won't be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wallowa Lake State Park is a lovely place, with towering pines, snow-capped mountains and the beautiful, emerald-green lake. It's an outstanding state park, and the camping was fine. The bathrooms have hot water and plenty of showers and stalls. They were cleaner than at many state parks we have visited. There's a large amphitheater for campfire programs, a good-sized playground, and green space for games. Wood is for sale for $4 a boxload, which you can haul away on a cart. You can rent paddle or motorboats or swim in the lake. Right next door in the town of Wallowa Lake are restaurants, bumper boats and miniature golf. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a Campground, and not an RV park. If you are looking for Wifi and 50 amp service, this is not the place. This is a very popular state park. The area is fairly remote, but do not let that stop you. The lake is beautiful. The park is a good place for water related activities. Although it is a fair hike from the campsites to the water if you have kids. More to do there for kids than adults. Avoid weekends as they tend to be crowded and noisy. The town of Joseph is 6 miles away and worth the visit. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.