Wallowa Lake State Park
This post will be all about the beautiful Wallowa Lake. The town of Joseph is at the north end of the lake and the State Park is at the south end. Wallowa Lake sits at an elevation of 4,372 ft. It is the largest of several glacial cirque lakes in the area. It is amazingly clear and reminds me much of Lake Tahoe. October was a great time to be here. Sunny, warmish weather and the fall colors were great. The lake is protected from all sides so there was almost no wind.
The glaciers formed high in the Wallowa Mountains around Glacier Lake and moved down the East and West Fork of the Wallowa River. As these glaciers advanced and retreated they carved out the river valleys and carried down rocks and sediment forming the moraines which rise over the lake some 900 feet. The lake is about 3.7 miles long and about 3/4 mile wide with a depth of almost 300 feet deep.
No wonder they call this area the Swiss Alps of Oregon.
The wind sometimes picked up a bit in the afternoons so we will plan our kayaking and fishing early and/or late in the day.
There are several trails around the area. We chose one at the north end of the lake that took us by a creek and to a picturesque pond.
The pond made for a perfect mirror of the Wallowa's in the background.
Another hike took us behind the lake and mountains out near some big ranches.
We took a break near the top and Hurley found a warm spot in the pine needles to rest.
With the winds calm and the weather at its warmest, we headed out on the lake to see if we could catch anything. We just paddled and floated for hours. It was so beautiful and peaceful on the water. Good stuff for the soul.
As the sun headed down its rays cast layers of blue on the mountain side.
No fish were caught, but what a perfect day!