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Rivers & Streams

Public Fishing Areas in the Walla Walla Valley

Recreation is a significant piece of the services the US Army Corp of Engineers and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife provide to the community. In our community, and with regard to fishing, that translates into a handful of managed access areas. Enjoy access to the Walla Walla and Touchet Rivers, Mill Creek, and Bennington Lake. These locations offer convenient access for purposes of a quick morning outing before work or chores. They are also…

South Fork Walla Walla Trail

This part of the world continues to top the list of favorite, nearby places get outside. Whenever we have company in town who have never experienced the Blue Mountains or if we just want to stretch our legs and listen to running water, this is the spot. The word iconic comes to mind. Just a short drive southeast of town, the trail is excellent for all members of the family. Overall, a wonderful way to…

North Fork Umatilla River Trail

If grand views and wildflowers sound like a great way to enjoy the day, the North Fork Umatilla River Trail is the way to do it. Most of the trail is located in the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness. This trail offers everything from an enjoyable stroll along the river to thigh-burning hill climbs. Thanks to the Blue Mountain Land Trust Blues Crew, the trail is maintained and ready to be explored.

Lewis & Clark Trail State Park

This is a lovely campground not far from town with multiple spots backing up to the Touchet River. The Lewis & Clark Trail State Park is a prime spot to relax. It is a great location for folks who want to visit the area and enjoy the surrounding small towns. Locals can trade weekend chores for s'mores in this well-shaded and really beautiful riverside campground.

Umatilla Forks Campground

If exploring the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness is on your bucket list, then consider the Umatilla Forks campground as a great jumping off point for other adventures in the wild. With multiple trails in the area and the confluence of the North Fork and South Fork of the Umatilla River nearby, there is surely enough hiking and fishing opportunities available to keep any outdoor enthusiast moving.

Lyons Ferry State Park

Based on the name it shouldn’t surprise you that there was once a ferry that operated the crossing of the Snake River, and if the obvious stick hasn’t hit you yet, it was operated by the Lyons family. What might shock you is the fact that the ferry operated from 1860 all the way through 1968 when the bridge was constructed. Lyons Ferry State Park commemorates many historical features of the area in addition to…

Fishhook Park

A short drive from town to a picturesque setting on the Snake River, Fishhook Park has so many activities to offer--camping, fishing, birding, kayaking, paddleboarding, a swim beach, and a few play structures for the kids. A number of campsites have water access, and the ones that don’t are up the bank just a bit further than their shoreline neighbors and take advantage of the view. Given its proximity to Walla Walla, folks can easily…

Harris Park

This part of the world always tops the list of close, accessible places to enjoy the outdoors. Thanks to the vision of folks long ago to preserve this land for public use, everyone has the opportunity to recreate and enjoy the South Fork of the Walla Walla River and surrounding forest. It is a perfect destination to bring a book and coffee, take a morning bike ride up the canyon, or perhaps even host a…

Minam State Recreation Area

One of the few Oregon State Parks located in our neck of the woods, what our area lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. The Minam State Recreation Area is a wonderful place to call home for a few nights. Acting as home base for avid river enthusiasts, this campground is a popular spot for rafters and kayakers in the spring. Its proximity to the Wallowa River make this spot a lovely place…

Wallowa River

The Wallowa River is an excellent first rafting or kayaking experience--you might say it is a great way to get your feet wet in the water sport world. Choose a five or ten mile trip and experience a steady flow with little rapids to navigate. Though not as remote as the Wild & Scenic River section of the Wallowa River, as the river hugs the road, it is still a great trip for families or…

Wallowa & Grande Ronde Rivers

With a cluster of Wild & Scenic Rivers in neighboring northeast Oregon, a trip down the river is a truly magical experience and an easy weekend trip. The Wallowa River is designated as a Wild & Scenic River from the confluence of the Minam River and Wallowa River near Minam Store all the way to its meeting with the Grand Ronde River, which also boasts that designation. This 40 mile stretch of river heaven offers…

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