Wallowa Lake Highway Forest State Scenic Corridor

Near LaGrande, Oregon, United States

This day-use site is located along the Wallowa River and is a popular fishing and wildlife viewing area. Steelhead fishing is good during the spring and fall. The canyon rises steeply on both sides of the road and is frequented by deer, elk and bear. The slopes of the canyon are forested primarily with pine. Flowers are abundant in the spring. The Wallowa River is clear, cold and popular with fly fishing enthusiasts because it can be waded in many locations.

Effective Sep 18, 2020
Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 
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Amenities & Features


mdi-help-circle-outline About Camping

Is camping allowed in the scenic corridor which includes Fountain Wayside and Johnson Timber Wayside?

No, these areas are day use only.  

  • There are picnic tables and ADA vault toilets. 
  • Fisherman and boaters using the Wallowa River and those who want to enjoy the steep Minam Canyon use this area for parking.

mdi-help-circle-outline What's Allowed

Smoking: Is smoking allowed at the Fountain Wayside or the Johnson Timber Wayside?

Smoking is prohibited in Oregon State Parks including these two day use areas in the scenic corridor unless you are inside your personal vehicle. 

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ


One of the earliest highway forest waysides, the first tract was 47 acres purchased in 1925. Later acquisitions were made through 1958.

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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.