In Oregon’s backcountry you’ll find a small town at the tip of Wallowa Lake called Joseph. This small country town is surrounded by wilderness areas known for vast outdoors to explore, attracting adventurous types from all over the country who can’t wait to get their hands dirty and their feet wet. Being that it’s a quiet, quaint setting, Joseph just as easily attracts the book worm types that want to get out of the city and spend some time catching up on reading without any distractions and surrounded by natural beauty.
Regardless of what camp you fall into, there are plenty of things to do in Joseph, Oregon, and one particularly great place to stay that caters to everyone. The Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast is an exquisite lodge offering the perfect mix of elegance and country demeanor. With warmly decorated rooms, many unique gathering spaces, and delicious food that offers a taste of the Pacific Northwest, this mountain-surrounded inn is the perfect home base to your out-of-doors exploring.
Here are a few outdoors things to do in Joseph, Oregon that will surely keep you busy on your visit:
- The Wallowa Lake State Park is home to a high altitude lake surrounded by 9,000’ snow-covered peaks. The lake is clear blue and full of record breaking sized fish to catch. Boaters and fisherman get the convenience of the Wallowa Lake Marina for all their boating and tackle needs. The terrain surrounding the lake is ideal for hiking, horseback riding and wildlife sightings. Many visitors also enjoy canoeing and kayaking in the lake.
- Reaching above the lake is the Wallowa Lake Tramway, which has become one of the area’s most popular attractions since it opened in 1970. Its 3700’ ascent is a truly breathtaking experience that won’t be forgotten. The trip to the summit of the mountain offers a unique view of the lake and surrounding valley floor and mountains. The Summit has numerous trailheads for visitors to hike and observe the diverse high country wildlife, as well as a great restaurant, the Summit Grill, where they can stop in for a meal.
- For a more historic outdoor activity head to the Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site, which is part of the ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe, and was one of their sacred sites. The trails offer spectacular views of the Wallowa Mountains, a great resting place beside Knight’s Pond, as well as spectacular wildflowers in the spring.
- The locally owned and volunteer run ski area offers a unique winter experience. Check out opening dates for the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area to appreciate these beautiful mountains in the wintertime, and experience a non-commercial ski vacation. With just a single T-bar lift, this is truly a small town mountain.
Your trip to Joseph, Oregon will offer the best in outdoor activities and, at the Bronze Antler, a serene environment in which to relax indoors without the distractions of everyday life. Plan your trip to the Wallowa Mountains, no matter the season, and enjoy everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer in this charming and beautiful destination.