Wallowa Wild and Scenic River

Bureau of Land Management, Oregon.

Attention Boaters:

Each year, the Wallowa Wild and Scenic River receives thousands of visitors seeking the beauty and diverse recreation opportunities that the river offer. Where road and trail access is most limited, well-prepared whitewater boaters travel the river using a variety of specialized watercraft. A typical float trip begins at Minam on the Wallowa River and lasts two to three days, taking out on the Grande Ronde River downstream.
Peak recreational boating season is between April and August, although river trips are possible throughout the year, depending on river conditions. Because the rivers are primarily free-flowing, water levels and river character changes dramatically with the seasons and local weather. Higher, faster river flows typically occur in the spring and early summer, as warmer temperatures and increased rainfall melt high mountain snows. As the season progresses, the river level gradually drops. By August, river flows are typically very low, with shallow water and exposed rocks being common. Low water levels usually remain throughout the fall and winter months. Boaters are strongly advised to obtain up-to-date river conditions and weather forecasts when planning their trip. Visitors wishing to avoid crowds should plan their trip to avoid weekends and holidays if possible.

Know Before You Go:

Point of Interest:

Completed in 1908, the rail line known as the "Joseph Branch" transported goods and people, shutting down in the early 2000s. Today, one can get a close-up view of the Wallowa River on the seasonally-operated Eagle Cap Excursion Train, a heritage railroad service.

Nearby Activities


From Enterprise, Oregon: Drive west 31 miles on State Highway 82. The highway crosses the Wallowa River at Minam, Oregon.

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