Wallowa Lake State Park

Park History

Wallowa Lake State Park was created to provide public access to the lake and the pleasant forested area at the inlet of the Wallowa River. The original 165 acres along the Wallowa Lake shore was acquired between 1941 and 1954.

Trees present are cottonwood, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, with some western larch and grand fir.  It is extensively developed for both day use and overnight camping.  The park is popular with anglers, hikers, swimmers and boaters.

Wallowa Lake is a glacial lake at the base of the heavily glaciated Wallowa Mountains. This range is in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and includes the renowned Eagle Cap Wilderness.  Wallowa Lake State Park is a base from which visitors can explore the mountain country and the approaches to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area on the Snake River.

Acreage: 216.48

Annual overnight attendance: 71,628

Annual dayuse attendance: 368,936


Wallowa Lake State Park FAQ

General:

Wi-fi is not available in Wallowa Lake State Park.  However, many local merchants and public libraries have the service.

  • Wallowa Lake State Park does not handle the boat slip reservations any longer. 
  • Wallowa Lake Marina, Inc is taking care of boat slip reservations.  You can reach them at wallowalakemarina.com or during summer season you may call 541-432-9115. 
  • The park has a concessionaire in the Marina parking area that has fishing license, supplies and equipment available.
  • Contact Wallowa Lake Marina, Inc. for store hours at wallowalakemarina.com.  You may also reach them at 541-432-9115 during their summer season usually May 15th - September 15th.
About Camping:
  • One vehicle per site is allowed which is included with the site registration fee.
  • Park staff may allow an additional vehicle at site if the site can accommodate it.  See: What's an extra vehicle?
  • All vehicles must park on the pavement. 
  • A maximum of eight people are allowed per site.
  • An extra vehicle is any additional vehicle driven into the park that stays on park property between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and is subject to $5 per night fees. 
  • Vehicles legally towed behind a car or RV are considered one unit and there will be no charge.
  • Campers arriving on motorcycles are allowed two motorcycles which are included in the campsite fees. The $5 extra vehicle fee applies to a third and fourth motorcycle if the site can accommodate more than two motorcycles.

Remember: A maximum of eight people are allowed per site. 

Wallowa Lake State Park has five site types.

  • Full hookup sites – sewer, electricity and water; paved parking area adjacent to site.
  • Tent sites – no utilities, but water at or near the site; paved parking adjacent to site. Many tent sites cannot accommodate RVs. 
  • Hiker-biker sites – no utilities; shared area set aside for people who bicycle or walk into the park. People traveling with vehicles do not qualify for this site type. 
  • Group Tent sites- water available; tent camping only for up to 25 people maximum.  Six vehicles allowed. One small RV may be allowed as a cooking unit but counts as one of the six vehicles and must be self-contained.
  • Yurt sites- Hard sided buildings that sleep 5 people.  Visitors must bring own bedding, camping supplies and equipment.  No smoking, cooking, candles or pets allowed inside the yurts. Each yurt is heated and includes a couch that makes down into a double bed and bunk bed with double bed on the bottom and single on top.  Yurts have a covered porch area with picnic table and a second picnic table near the fire pit.  No RVs allowed at site.

Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring.  Occupants of any site type have access to showers.

  • Many Wallowa Lake State Park sites can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet in length.  Please read site alerts to make sure the site will accommodate your camping equipment.
  • Please call the Park at 541-432-4185 if you have concerns about driving long RVs or parking in the park.  

Remember that you must also be able to fit your tow vehicle onto the campsite. Let’s say your RV is 25 feet long and you’re towing it with a 22-foot vehicle. You will need a site at least 47 feet long.

  • Wallowa Lake State Park is open year-round. 
  • Posted day use hours, generally following daylight hours, are in each of the day use areas. 

Note: Restrooms are available in the Group Camp Area behind D21-D22 during the winter season.  All other restrooms are closed.

  • Campfires are allowed only in park-provided fire pits and must be put out if you leave the immediate area.

Fires may be restricted or prohibited due to high fire hazard conditions.

  •  Wallowa Lake State Park does not handle the boat slip reservations any longer.
  • Wallowa Lake Marina, Inc is taking care of boat slip reservations.  You can reach them at wallowalakemarina.com or during summer season you may call 541-432-9115.
  • Wallowa Lake State Park does sell firewood located between Host sites C1 and C4.  . 
  • Summer Hours: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Winter Hours: Please contact a park staff member to help you. 
  • Price: $5 per 2 cubic feet. Wood must be purchased at the Registration Booth. You will then give your wood receipt to the Wood Host in exchange for carts of wood. Hosts do not handle money.
  • Fires may be restricted or prohibited due to high fire hazard conditions.
  • Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by obtaining or purchasing your firewood at or near your camping destination. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by buying and burning your firewood locally. For more information, visit dontmovefirewood.org.

 

  • Wallowa Lake State Park has many dumpsters around the camp loops. Please talk with Park staff to help you find the nearest one.  Most are listed on the park map but we add more during heavy use when needed.
  • Please use the dumpsters for all trash.  Do not put garbage in the fire pits.

Under OAR 736-010-0040 (6) A person shall leave garbage, recyclables, sewage or waste in a park area only in the designated containers provided. 

 

What's Allowed:
  • A person may not hunt, pursue, trap, kill, injure or molest any wildlife or disturb their habitats on any park property. 
  • Wallowa Lake State Park does not allow discharge of any firearm, bow and arrow, slingshot, pellet gun, or other weapon capable of injuring humans or wildlife or damaging park property.  
  • Paid visitors occupying a camp site between the dates of October 1 and April 30th  may use a metal detector in the overnight camping area only.  
  • No permit is required, but please carry your paid camping receipt as proof of eligibility.   

Call the park to discuss your plans, possible permits, fees and insurance requirements. Depending on the event, you may need a special use permit for non-traditional activities.

A non-traditional activity is an activity, gathering or use of park properties, or recreational area that is not defined in park area rules and regulations. Some examples are:

  • group gatherings such as weddings, company picnics, tournaments, and contests;
  • commercial filming;
  • short/long-term rental of property and structures;
  • construction activities and placement of utilities;
  • educational and scientific projects;
  • sales of goods and services by vendors, concessionaires and other businesses.
Animals:
  • Yes, pets must be confined by the owner or on a leash not more than six feet long, and kept under physical control at all times. Horses are not considered pets.
  • You are responsible to pick up after your pets and to keep them quiet at all times. 
  • The park does have an off-leash area for pets at the bottom of A loop near the Marina parking area. 
  • Pets are not allowed in the swim area, buildings or structures. 
  • Horses are not allowed on Wallowa Lake State Park property.
  • Yes, there are deer in the park.  Most of the deer in the park are Mule Deer and get their name because of their large mule like ears.
  • Are these deer tame?  No, these deer are not tame.  The deer are WILD but are no longer afraid of humans and can be dangerous.
  • The deer may seem friendly and this causes visitors to let their guard down.  Wildlife is wild and unpredictable. 
  • In the spring, there are does (female deer) with their baby fawns and may attack to protect their young.  In the fall, it is mating season and the bucks (male deer) can become quite aggressive towards other deer and even humans.
  • Please use caution and stay back.  Take pictures from afar. 

Under OAR 738-010-0055 (6) and (7) it is a Class D Violation to give or offer food items to any wildlife or come in contact with any wildlife within a park area. 

Discounts:
  • Active-duty military on leave, veterans with service-connected disabilities, Foster Parents of Oregon foster children and Adoptive Foster parents (children below 18 years of age) are eligible for discounts.  Oregon State Parks and Recreation does not have special rates for any other demographic group, such as seniors.
  • The qualifying person for the Special Access Pass must be physically present and show proper I.D. and the Special Access Pass to Park staff to receive discount.  These discounts are not transferable and may not be used by anyone other than the person who the Special Access Pass is for.

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