The campground is open and accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance. Book at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com. See below for details on reduced services:
Universal Access: Two sites and both yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities.
The information below pertains to operations pre-COVID-19.
Wallowa Lake area has activities for everyone in the family. If you're interested in a campground surrounded on three sides by 9,000' tall snow-capped mountains and a large clear lake, this is the area for you. To fully enjoy this popular fishing and boating site, check out the Wallowa Lake Marina link www.wallowalakemarina.com.
Outside the park area within walking distance you can enjoy wilderness trails at the Wallowa Lake trailhead, horseback riding, go-karts, canoeing, miniature golf or ride a tramway to the top of Mt. Howard, elevation 8,256 ft (a rise of 4,000 ft).
There are gift shops nearby and a thriving artist community which does world-class bronze castings. Tours are available through the foundries and the showroom displays will keep you interested for hours. Wallowa Lake also serves as a gateway to visit Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America.
Note: The yurts and five hookup sites are open and reservable all year. From November 1 to mid-May, some hookup and non-hookup sites will be available first come, first served.
Wi-fi is not available through Wallowa Lake State Park. However, many local merchants and public libraries have the service. Wallowa Lake Marina may have wi-fi and you would need to contact them during the summer season.
The lakes and rivers found within Oregon State Parks are open to unsupervised swimming. You are responsible for your own safety. Before you enter the water, you should judge your swimming skills against possible strong currents, cold water, underwater objects and steep drop-offs. Remember, that many of our natural bodies of water and man-made reservoirs are filled by snow runoff and remain cold year round. Please bring and wear a personal flotation device and swim with a buddy.
Remember: A maximum of eight people are allowed per site.
Wallowa Lake State Park has five site types.
Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. Occupants of any site type have access to showers.
Remember that you must also be able to fit your tow vehicle onto the campsite. Let’s say your camp trailer is 25 feet long and you’re towing it with a 22-foot vehicle. You will need a site at least 47 feet long. If the towing vehicle does not fit in the site's designated parking boundary, it will have to park in the day use area.
Note: Restrooms are available in the Group Camp Area behind sites D21-D22 and in the B loop during the winter season. All other restrooms are closed. Frost Free water spigot available at D17 for drinking water or filling tanks.
Fires may be restricted or prohibited due to high fire hazard conditions.
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.
PLEASE DO NOT PUT WIPES OF ANY KIND INTO THE DRAINS OR SEPTIC SYSTEM. We highly recommend that you put all wipes in the garbage waste bins. The park system is gravity flow and cannot handle the wipes causing the system to back up into the sites. We appreciate your help in keeping the drain lines flowing.
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:
• Intermittent generator use is allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m in A, B, C, and E loops.
• Park staff may ask campers to shut off generators due to exhaust or decibels.
• Please be considerate of your neighbors.
• Continuous generator use is not permitted. If you need continuous power for medical equipment, please reserve a hookup site.
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.
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.