Wallowa Lake

in May

A peaceful evening at Wallowa Lake

May 9


After Jeff and I went out to have an AMAZING pizza at Embers Brew House Restaurant and Pub yesterday evening, we decided it was time to drive up to Wallowa Lake to take some snapshots and visit a dear friend of mine before the tourists flood the scene again.

Wallowa Lake Information:

Wallowa Lake is a glacial lake in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon at an elevation of 4,372 feet (1,333 m). The lake is 3.48 miles (5.6 km) long and 2.347 square miles (6.07 km²) in area. The lake is 2.347 square miles, has a maximum depth of 100 feet, and is fed by the Wallowa Mountains and drained into the Wallowa River.  

A series of Pleistocene glaciers formed the lake. It is impounded by high moraines, which create a ribbon-like shape. Forests and mountains surround the lake, and the scenery is stunning.

Wallowa Lake is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. There are several campgrounds and resorts located around the lake. It is a popular destination for recreation, including fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and camping. The lake is also home to various wildlife, including deer, elk, bears, and eagles.

You can fish for rainbow trout, bull trout, sockeye salmon, and lake trout. You can swim, boat, or paddleboard on the lake. Several hiking trails lead to waterfalls and high mountain lakes.

If you are looking for a beautiful and relaxing place to spend a weekend or a week, Wallowa Lake is a great option. It is a hidden gem that is sure to impress you.

Here is some additional information about Wallowa Lake:

  • The average temperature of the lake is 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The best time to visit Wallowa Lake is during the summer months when the weather is warm and sunny.
  • There are several campgrounds and resorts located around the lake.
  • Several hiking trails lead to waterfalls and high mountain lakes.
  • Wallowa Lake is a popular destination for fishing, swimming, boating, and hiking.

Here are some things to do at Wallowa Lake:

  • Fish for rainbow trout, bull trout, sockeye salmon, and lake trout.
  • Go boating, swimming, or kayaking.
  • Hike to waterfalls and high lakes.
  • Camp in one of the many campgrounds.
  • Visit the Wallowa Lake Lodge.
  • Take a ride on the Wallowa Lake Tramway.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Play miniature golf. A golf course is available outside of Enterprise at Alpine Meadows Golf Course.
  • Go shopping and dining in Joseph.

For more information on Wallowa Lake and Wallowa County, visit the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce.


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ANGELIKA URSULA DIETRICH, owner and publisher of Wild Horses Thunder and Wild Horses Media Productions, is a professional Photographer, Videographer, Publisher, Writer, Social Media Consultant, and Website Developer.

Angelika’s photography work has been displayed on the front cover of Idaho Magazine (2022), the Nimiipuu Tribal Tribune, Cowboy Lifestyle Network (2021), Cowboys & Indians (2016 & 2018), and in various Oregon and Washington entertainment and vacation publications, Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program and website (2012-2020), at Art Gallery Festivals, private businesses, as well as for display advertisement for many clients in and out of Wallowa County including the Wallowa County Chieftain (2003-2007). Between 2007 and 2009, Angelika worked in radio as the news and sports director for owners Lee and Carol Lee Perkins at KWVR Radio in Enterprise, Oregon. After the station was sold, she created Wallowa Valley Online, an independent online news magazine publishing and writing news and engaging in photojournalism. After ten years of Wallowa Valley Online, Angelika decided to concentrate on her professional photography, write more human interest stories, and volunteer at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland.

Regarding my writing: “As a grandchild of post-war Europe (ethnic ancestry Bohemian/Austrian/German) and former Army spouse, I have lived and visited many places across the globe. Wallowa County, Oregon, has been my home since 2002. I am the daughter of a mom whose country violently vanished post-WWII. Her family was forcefully removed from Bohemia in 1946 when she was only six years young and sent to West Germany in cattle wagons. Her life story has tremendously impacted my own and formed my views on humanity and, at times, the lack thereof.
My formal college education is in the nursing field and psychology, which finds itself in my work as a writer and photographer. I am a humanitarian by heart and soul.” ~Angelika Ursula Dietrich

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