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Wallowa-Lake is nestled in the high mountain region of northeast Oregon, at the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Often called the "Little Switzerland of American," the Wallowa Lake region is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, pine forests, glacial valleys and peaceful meadows. Known as a family vacation site, Wallowa Lake offers swimming, fishing and boating, parasailing and other water sports. The area surrounding the lake has wilderness hiking trails, horseback riding, canoeing, bumper boats, camping and picnicking and skiing. The Wallowa Lake Tramway is a thrilling ride up to an elevation of 8200 feet, which is the steepest vertical rise in North America! Open June through September, the tram's upper terminal has spectacular views of Wallowa Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness and Idaho's Seven Devils Mountain Range. There are 2.5 miles of groomed hiking trails at this site, and also "the northwest's highest restaurant," where you can dine indoors, or on the Alpine Patio as you look out over beautiful Wallowa Lake and the mountains. Wallowa Lake also serves as the gateway to "Hells Canyon," the deepest gorge in North America, and guided Llama treks through the Eagle Cap Wilderness are available for those seeking a backcountry adventure. Wallowa Lake is also home to the annual "Alpenfest," a Swiss-Bavarian festival held each autumn with open-air booths, displays, homemade candies, furniture, and jewelry, music and dancing and even an Alphorn blowing contest!

Surrounding areas: Joseph, Oregon (1.4 mi), Crescent Lake, Oregon (10.2 mi), Imnaha, Oregon (24.4 mi), Union, Oregon (32.5 mi)

Wallowa Lake Vacation Rentals

Wallowa Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ponderosa Motel102 E Greenwood StEnterprise, OR6.8 mi.(541) 426-3186
Shilo Inn Troy LodgeEnterprise, OR6.9 mi.(541) 641-6565
Wilderness Inn Motel301 W North StEnterprise, OR7.0 mi.(541) 426-4535
Best Western Rama Inn & Suites1200 Highland AveEnterprise, OR7.2 mi.(541) 426-2000

Wallowa Lake Weather & Climate

Mountains that protect the valley from the most severe aspects of weather encircle northeastern Oregon, near Wallowa Lake and the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. The mountains also prevent moisture from reaching the valley, so it has a fairly dry climate. Most of the precipitation in the area occurs in fall and winter, and varies from just over seven inches in the valley up to 60 inches in the mountains. Summers are warm and pleasant with low humidity. Thunderstorms are possible in spring and summer. Heavy snowfall in the high mountains produces snow packs that remain all year long on the higher peaks. Light snow can be expected in the valley regions from late November to early April. January is usually the coldest month and July is the hottest.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 35°F 18°F 1.84 in. -
February 42°F 22°F 1.44 in. -
March 51°F 27°F 1.30 in. -
April 60°F 31°F 1.39 in. -
May 68°F 37°F 1.76 in. -
June 76°F 42°F 1.44 in. -
July 85°F 46°F 0.94 in. -
August 85°F 44°F 0.89 in. -
September 76°F 37°F 1.09 in. -
October 63°F 30°F 1.33 in. -
November 45°F 26°F 2.07 in. -
December 35°F 19°F 1.91 in. -

Wallowa Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the La Grande Union County airport (LGD) located about 38 miles west of Wallowa Lake in La Grande, Oregon, the Mc Call Municipal airport (MYL) located approximately 62 miles southeast of Wallowa Lake in Mccall, Idaho, the Lewiston Nez Perce County airport (LWS) located roughly 72 miles north of Wallowa Lake in Lewiston, Idaho, and finally the Walla Walla Regional airport (ALW) located around 73 miles northwest of Wallowa Lake in Walla Walla, Washington.

Wallowa Lake Attractions

Golf Courses
Alpine Meadows Golf CourseEnterpriseOR6.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Anthony LakesIsland CityOR40.0 mi.
Spout SpringsWestonOR66.9 mi.
State Parks
Wallowa Lake State ParkOR5.2 mi. 
Catherine Creek State ParkOR27.9 mi. 
Wallowa Lake Highway Forest State ParkOR29.7 mi. 
Minam State ParkOR38.8 mi. 

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