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Joseph, Oregon

Wallowa Lake State Park

Joseph, Oregon



Joseph, Oregon
Phone: (541) 432-4185

Sites: 200
Recent Rate: $30 9/2016

Latitude: 45.281530002657
Longitude: -117.21206188202

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

22 Reviews

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Price quoted does not include required $8 fee for online reservation as fee can cover multiple days or even multiple parks if made during one session. I've stayed at many Oregon State Parks. The park at Wallowa is a decent park with a good camping (RV) experience, but it's heavily used and is often somewhat crowded. The camp sites are not particularly private, but do have sufficient room. Most of the spaces appear to be limited to an RV of 30-35 feet. The sites (and roadways) in the park are paved with asphalt. Tent sites are mixed in with RV sites on the camp site loops. Relatively few sites have full or W&E hookups. The internal roads are relatively narrow. I was surprised that backing into my site with a Sprinter Van RV (Class B) barely was able to stay on the pavement. I imagine that a larger, less maneuverable RV might find (some) sites difficult to enter. On the whole, this park is OK -- but not great. Main attraction is Wallowa Lake. Note: My small RV does not require a tow vehicle. We camped at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
A37 - Loop A
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Nearby (Joseph OR) town has lots of shopping. Ski area relatively near by. Tram that runs year-round* to the top of Mt. Howard. Check wallowalaketramway.com for days of operation during your visit. Food service is available at Summit Grill.

Wallowa Lake "trail head" (USFS) is about 1 mile from the Park. During our visit, a connecting trail from the park was out of service ... and it was necessary to walk to the end of Power House Road to reach the trail head.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here in July. Very nice, clean and dog friendly campground. It was very full this time of year. A bit crowded but still very nice pull thru and back in sites. We camped at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B-13
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Have to go on the tram and shopping in Joseph.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Arrived just as late Spring snow was falling. Water was still turned off but electricity worked fine. Nice park on the lake but I'd imagine it would be very crowded (and noisy) in summer. Sites are not spacious. Many are very long but space between sites isn't much and no shrubbery. Bit of a trip into Joseph (8 miles) but that's minor - lots to see and do in the area. Would stay here again. We camped at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here in mid Feb as seldom do others use this park in the winter.. For us, it is the best time.. Very little snow this winter, so all of the park was accessible by foot. Recent wind storm had lots of branches and trees down. During this 'off' season, only a few sights have power, and no water. Not all sites are level, but the campground is very clean.

They only open one newer restroom/shower unit... Bad... in winter the new one is cold. Old one, and much larger, had heated floors... Good for those freezing winter days/nights.

We used my Oregon Disabled Vet pass for a free one night site. We camped at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C-1
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Joseph... Great brew pub and lots of shopping. Community is very welcoming.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed over 4th of July 2014. We have been going here for 15 years. Always excellent!!!! Love this campground and surrounding areas. This is a really nice campground. 5 loops. C Loop is all electrical hookups. The other loops are mixed electric and non-electric tent sites. The sites vary in size but are level. Most are at least partial shade. A family oriented campground. It has a nice, very large playground area with grass that is well-groomed. Room for frisbee throwers or family games located between a section of C Loop on one side and the D & E Loops on the other side. Firewood sold onsite. We camped at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C loop
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Tram, fishing, dining at German restaurant, miniature golf, other water ways to explore, great hiking all within walking or short driving distance.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 107
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Wallowa Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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