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Old 11-30-2015, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Does anyone have first hand knowledge of the Wallowa Valley and the various communities in it? Or is this too broad a question?
I'm just very curious / interested.
I've just finished reading Kent Nerburns book, "Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perces" (a truly remarkable book btw ... I tend to avoid books on Native Americans for various reasons but this author did good!!!) and i was just looking at on-line images of the valley and thought that maybe there are people on this forum who could educate me about the area.
Thank you.
(i don't have easy internet access so i'm not on c-d-f that often but i will look forward to reading responses [if there are any] when i'm back online in a few days)
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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In my opinion, the Wallowa area of Oregon is one of those undiscovered gems in Oregon. It is a beautiful area during all seasons. There are the Wallowa Mts. to the south west, Hells Canyon to the east and the Blue Mts to the west. In between all of those is the Wallowa valley area, which is green most of the year. The various communities in the valley are Joseph, Wallowa, Enterprise and Lostine none of these towns are heavily populated. This area's main source of income is cattle ranching with tourism being fairly low on the list. My family settled in this area back in the 1870's when Wallowa County was part of Union County, my family has long since moved away from that area.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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The Wallowa Mountains are often called Oregon's Alps. The area is astonishingly beautiful. The Snake River Gorge is the deepest canyon in North America, and there is a huge federal recreation area along the Snake. Oregon Field Guide has done many shows about the area.

Wallowa Mountain Fossils . TV | OPB
Joseph: From Economic Depression To Arts Powerhouse . News | OPB
Railriding in the Wallowa Mountains - Outdoor Project

You can even ski.

Rancher Skier . TV | OPB
Yurt Skiing . TV | OPB

And the radio doesn't ignore the area either.

https://soundcloud.com/opb-state-of-...ters-gathering
State of Wonder: Aug. 15, 2015 - Arts And Small Towns, A Love Story . Radio | OPB

I'm an Oregon native, and the Wallowas are one of the places I will go out of my way to visit. If you like fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, art or driving, you will find something that delights you.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Wallowa Lake has had some world record size Kokanee caught.....

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...record+kokanee

It is beautiful God's Country there...
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Thanks everyone! I appreciate your replies.
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Old 01-02-2016, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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It deserves it, but I'm surprised that it got so many votes since it's in a seldom visited part of Oregon that seems to be a mystery to many Western Oregonians:

Wallowa-Whitman wins best national forest reader poll | OregonLive.com

It probably means I won't have lakes like this, 7000+ feet high in the mountains, all to myself next summer:


Last edited by karlsch; 01-02-2016 at 10:59 AM..
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