Joseph, Oregon, has a lot to offer anyone who enjoys scenic beauty and outdoor recreation. The small community of Joseph is located at the north end of Wallowa Lake, well known for its trophy-sized fish. It is a place where you can be as active or as laid back as you like. The town is surrounded by wilderness areas, including Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, and the Hells Canyon National Scenic Area. In the summer you can enjoy hiking, fishing, and boating. Winter brings abundant opportunity for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
One of the more popular parks in the Oregon State Park system, Wallowa Lake State Park offers the full list of outdoor fun. Campers can choose from RV or tent sites as well as yurts and cabins. Campers and day visitors will enjoy nature trails, picnic areas, swimming, and bird and wildlife watching. Wallowa Lake Marina, located inside the park, has a boat ramp and extensive dock space. The marina store offers paddle boat, kayak, and motor boat rentals along with fishing gears and licenses, water recreation supplies, snacks, and gift items.
Enjoy views of Wallowa Lake and the majestic Eagle Cap Wilderness Area aboard a 4-person tram car. The Wallowa Lake Tramway takes you to the top of Mount Howard, where you can relax and take in the views at the Summit Grill and Alpine Patio. You can also wander through the mountain top's interpretive trail system. The sometimes-steep trip between the tram's boarding area and the top takes approximately 15 minutes. The Wallowa Lake Tramway only operates during the warm months of the year, typically late May through early October.
Chief Joseph's remains were moved to this sacred Nez Perce site overlooking Wallowa Lake in 1926. A stone memorial marks the grave site inside the 5-acre cemetery, a National Historic Landmark that is part of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. The Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Area, located adjacent to the grave site area, is part of the traditional lands of the Nez Perce Tribe. One mile of trail wanders through hilly grasslands and offers stunning lake and Eagle Cap mountain views. The trail system can be accessed from the Old Chief Joseph Grave Site or from a parking area slightly north of the grave site. Both are located along the west side of Highway 82.