Log In
Join Now

Camping at Wallowa Lake State Park

Scan for Cancellations
All campsites booked in Wallowa Lake State Park? Create a scan and we’ll notify you when somebody cancels.
Scan for Cancellations

Location and Overview

Wallowa Lake State Park, nestled at the base of the impressive Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon, offers a scenic retreat for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The park is situated at the southern end of Wallowa Lake, providing stunning views and access to a plethora of outdoor activities.

Camping Facilities

Campgrounds: The park has a well-developed campground with sites for tent camping, RV hookups, and yurts available for rent. These facilities include:

  • Electrical sites with water
  • Tent sites with water nearby
  • Yurts (some of which are pet-friendly)
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • A dump station for RVs
  • Boat launch facilities

Reservations: Camping reservations can be made online or by phone through the state's reservation system. Reservations are highly recommended, especially during peak seasons, as the park is a popular destination.

Group Facilities: For larger gatherings, the park offers a group camp and a day-use meeting hall that can be reserved in advance.


Hiking and Trails:

  • The park serves as a gateway to the Eagle Cap Wilderness with several trailheads beginning in the vicinity, offering opportunities for day hikes and backpacking trips.
  • Hiking trails around the lake provide more leisurely options with stunning views.

Water Recreation:

  • Boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding are popular on the clear waters of Wallowa Lake.
  • The park has a swimming area and marina.
  • Fishing for trout and kokanee salmon can be excellent both from the shore and by boat.

Wildlife Watching:

  • The area is rich in wildlife, including deer, elk, and various bird species, which makes for excellent wildlife watching.

Winter Sports: In the winter months, the park and surrounding areas offer opportunities for snow sports such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Local Attractions

  • Wallowa Lake Tramway: To enjoy panoramic views without a hike, visitors can take the tramway to the top of Mount Howard.
  • The town of Joseph: Nearby Joseph is known for its art galleries, bronze foundries, and charming small-town atmosphere.
  • Wallowa Lake Village: Within walking distance from the campground, the village has shops, restaurants, and amenities.

Important Considerations


  • Be aware of the weather conditions before you go. The mountain weather can be unpredictable, and snow can linger into early summer at higher elevations.

Wildlife Precautions:

  • As with all wilderness areas, proper precautions should be taken to store food and manage trash to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.

Pack it in, Pack it Out:

  • Visitors are encouraged to leave no trace of their visit to ensure the preservation of the park's natural beauty.


  • Pets are welcome in the park but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.


  • Some facilities and services might be available seasonally, so check the park's official website or contact the park directly for current information before planning your trip.

Knowing the ins and outs of Wallowa Lake State Park will make for a safe, enjoyable, and memorable camping experience. Always verify the most current information prior to your visit, as policies and conditions can change.

Map of Campgrounds in Wallowa Lake State Park
Campgrounds in Wallowa Lake State Park
Scan for Cancellations
All campsites booked in Wallowa Lake State Park? Create a scan and we’ll notify you when somebody cancels.
Scan for Cancellations
National Parks Badges

Get The Campsite Reservations You Want

Create a scan to get notified once a reservation opens at a campground you're interested in.