Saturday 9:00 AM → A Day on the Water
If you’re staying in Walla Walla you can start your Saturday off with a trip to the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Flush with fresh fruits, veggies, and other local products, it’s a great way to start your day. Both our hotel recommendations provide free breakfast, but the farmer’s market also offers several options like crepes, breakfast burritos and more. If you’re already full from your hotel breakfast, you can snag a bag of fresh made tamales from one of the local vendors for your afternoon lunch. We also encourage you to stock up on any last-minute items you might need for the weekend before heading out of town. The Lyons Ferry Marina KOA has a nice store on-site that’s likely to have necessities, but just in case there are specifics it’s best to visit a fully stocked grocery store.
Head for Lyons Ferry Marina KOA. The quickest route passes through rolling wheat fields. We encourage drivers to use caution. Road cyclists frequently use these same routes to get in daily exercise, and there’s exciting wildlife to see so stay alert for the deer who call these hills home. Follow directions to the Lyons Ferry State Park. Prior to reaching HWY 261, turn left into the KOA campground entrance.
You’ve arrived at Lyons Ferry Marina KOA and are ready to dive into all sorts of activities available around the area. If you’re staying for the weekend, you’ll likely need to spend some time setting up your campsite or settling in to your cabin. Once that’s out of the way, you can head on down to the marina.
1:00 PM → Let the Adventuring Begin
Pull out those fishing poles. If you’ve brought a boat with you, then for just a $5 launch fee out of the KOA’s marina you can head out to the Snake River to try your hand at catching Walleye. We have it on good authority that these are the best tasting freshwater fish, and August is a great time of year to catch them. However, there are other species you may encounter like catfish or small mouth bass. Some people target the elusive sturgeon which can make for an exciting fight.
In just a few short months the salmon and steelhead will begin their annual runs up the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
If you don’t have a boat there are still great options for getting your fishing pole wet. Just outside the marina is a small stocked pond. You can access the pond from the KOA parking lot by making a trek through the culvert to the other side of the railroad tracks. The banks provide a great spot for sitting and watching the kids cast, and it’s sure to give your kids a fun way to spend an afternoon.
If fishing isn’t your thing, there are great opportunities for other water recreation. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to get out on the river. Adventure Fit is a local outfitter that can facilitate all sorts of water fun. If you’re an experienced kayaker you may even make your way up the Palouse River for some incredible views. However, use caution and be aware of motorized boats out on the water.
If swimming is your activity of choice, hop back in your car for a short drive (two minutes) to the other side of the river where you can access a swimming beach, picnic area, boat launch ($7 launch fee) and a plethora of hiking trails at Lyons Ferry State Park. This side of the river is also a great launch point for kayakers and paddleboaders. Just a note that you’ll need a Discover Pass for entry, but those can be purchased at the KOA store or the park if you don’t have one in hand already.
Just north of the state park is Marmes Pond, and it features some of the largest rainbow trout a person might ever encounter. It too is stocked annually in March, but the trek in requires a little bit of navigation and a bit more effort.
If you don’t want to travel to the other side of the river, the KOA has a small playground area and dog park available for the small ones in your family or the furry friends. If you’re a mere observer of the adventures we recommend a quick stop in the KOA store to pick up a wine slushie – a fun, if unexpected addition to your outside trip.