How does pitching a tent in a tranquil campground surrounded by snow-capped mountains and a picture-perfect lake sound? How about if you could share it all with your canine companion?
If you think this sounds pretty darn furrific, you'll love Wallowa Lake State Park! Located near the city of Joseph in Oregon's northeast, this 216-acre park offers a dream wilderness escape that draws campers from throughout Oregon and further afield.
There's plenty to see and do in and around the park, but for many, the highlight is simply sitting back and enjoying the scenery. With 9,000-foot tall snow-capped mountains forming a dramatic backdrop to the clear waters of Wallowa Lake, you'll no doubt be snapping a shot or two of the park's spectacular views.
If you ever tire of relaxing, however, you might like to rent a paddleboard, kayak, canoe, paddle boat, row boat, pontoon boat, or power boat and get out on the water. The lake offers excellent fishing and is also a popular spot for sunbathing and swimming in the summer months.
Just outside the park, you can tackle wilderness trails at the Wallowa Lake trailhead, ride a tramway to the top of Mt. Howard, or enjoy a host of other local attractions.
With so much to explore, you'll want to stay a night or three. The Wallowa Lake State Park pet-friendly campground features 121 full-hookup sites and 88 tent sites with water nearby. One of the park's two yurts is also designated as pet-friendly. Please also note that while there is no park entry fee, camping fees vary depending on the type of site you select. The daily rate for a tent site starts at $20.
If camping with your dog, make sure your pooch is on a leash not longer than six feet and kept under physical control at all times. You'll also need to clean up after your dog whenever required.
Best of all, Wallowa Lake State Park even has an off-leash area for pets near the marina parking area -- just one more reason why your canine pal will love visiting this amazing park!