Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site

Near LaGrande, Oregon, United States

COVID-19 UPDATE: Park is open for limited daytime use. Restrooms are open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Do not travel far to visit. Facilities may close without notice.

Set amidst the stunning backdrop of the Wallowa Mountains, the entire area is part of the ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe, and is a sacred place to the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. "Iwetemlaykin" is the Nez Perce name for this area of the Wallowa Lake basin. Pronounced ee-weh-TEMM-lye-kinn, the name translates to "at the edge of the lake." The property is adjacent to a Nez Perce National Historical Park, site of Old Chief Joseph Gravesite and Cemetery.


Short trails with spectacular views of the Wallowa Mountains pass Knight's Pond, a cool summer oasis and a peaceful respite for hikers. Look for spring and summer wildflowers during your walk. You also may catch glimpses of deer, fox, bear and raptors.

mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-432-4185 Wallowa Lake Management Unit
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Amenities & Features

Questions

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Can I camp at this park?
  • Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site is a day use park only. Park is only open during daylight hours.
  • General Summer Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  General Winter Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Due to the sensitivity of the area, we ask that all users stay on the trail and all dogs stay on their leashes. 
  • There are Threatened and Endangered plants that are protect and there are invasive plants on the property that are being controlled.  People and pets off the trail will spread these invasive weeds throughout the park and may destroy those plants being protected.

Please remember pack it in pack it out.  Clean up after your pets.  There are doggie bags and garbage cans available at each entrance.

Can I ride my bike or ATV on the trails in this day use park?
  • Bicycles and ATV's are not allowed on this park property.
  • Due to the sensitivity of the area we ask that all users stay on the trail and all dogs stay on their leashes to protect resources.
  • The trails are for foot traffic only.  Using baby strollers is allowed.
Can I hunt or use a firearm on the park property?
  • A person may not hunt, pursue, trap, kill, injure or molest any wildlife or disturb their habitats on any park property.
  • The 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.

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Can I have a fire at the park?
  • Fires are not allowed on this park property.  This would also include fireworks of any kind.
  • Due to the sensitivity of the area we ask that all users stay on the trail and all dogs stay on their leashes.
Can I walk with my child using a stroller?
  • Strollers are allowed on the trails.  They are light weight and will not destroy resources.
  • Due to the sensitivity of the area we ask that all users stay on the trail and all dogs stay on their leashes.
Smoking: Is smoking allowed at Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site?

Smoking is prohibited at this Site unless you are inside your personal vehicle.

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Can I ride my horse on the site?
  • Horses are not allowed on the park property. Foot traffic only.
  • Due to the sensitivity of the area we ask that all users stay on the trail and all dogs stay on their leashes.
Why do I need to keep my dog on a leash?

This is a great place to take a walk because it is quiet, beautiful and not many people. So, why should I keep my dog on a leash if there are not many people?

  • When they go off trail they may spread invasive weeds that we are trying to control or kill native plants that we are trying to protect.
  • There are Threatened and Endangered plants that we are trying to protect and there are invasive plants on the property that are being controlled.  People and pets off the trail will spread these invasive weeds throughout the park and may destroy those plants being protected.
  • For safety, they may encounter wildlife (fox, bear, and cougar) that they may want to chase or fight.
  • Responsibility of its behavior is yours, what if another hiker/dog surprises them and they hurt someone or another animal.
What kind of wildlife might I find at the park?
  • It is common to see deer, fox and many birds on this park property.  You also may encounter cougar or bear. 
For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

Opened in 2009. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department bought most of the property in 2007, using State Lottery dollars to fund $3.2 million of the $4.1 million purchase. The Oregon State Parks Trust, which holds the other share of the title to the land, paid the $900,000 balance with $300,000 donations from each of the following: The Nez Perce Tribe; the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Brochures and Maps

mdi-file-pdf-box Iwetemlaykin history and trail guide

Photos & Video

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.