The best camping near Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Wallowa-Whitman National Forest adventure.

The best camping near Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Wallowa-Whitman National Forest adventure.

Camping near Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Wallowa-Whitman National Forest adventure.

Trek up massive peaks or descend into cavernous canyons on Oregon’s largest national forest.  

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Northern Star Pallette Ranch

8 sites · RVs, TentsWallowa Lake, OR
Built in the 1940's by the late actor Eugene Pallette as a hideaway from Hollywood and a Refuge from looming world disaster after World War 2. There once was a cannery, a power plant a sawmill and a 5,000 sq' concrete warehouse built to withstand anything and house years of provisions. Many buildings are still standing and utilized.  The past guest list included Cark Gable (Gone with The Wind) Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan and Errol Flynn and many more. Located on the shores of the Imnaha river we have 2 miles of accessible, private spots. There is a lot of wildlife here and there is no better place to "unwind" and regroup. Pitch your tent in total privacy along the shores of the River and then kick back and take in all the sights and sounds of Nature. Surrounded by canyons on all sides tucked away in a private Valley is 300+ acres of room to roam along the river.   We have firewood and frozen bottles of water for coolers available for an extra charge And have added 3 outhouses. Potable water, picnic tables, and outhouses on site. Pets are welcome. Camp fires are permitted outside of a fire ban. Our guests love staying here: "Camping at the ranch was pure enjoyment. We did not see or hear anything but the rushing river and the surrounding woods. The stars at night we’re amazing and there was plenty to explore on the property and nearby."
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Fluit Farms

10 sites · RVs3 acres · Joseph, OR
We have a 3 acre corner parcel of our 100+acre farm that we are offering for campers! We use natural and organic practices on our farm. You will be located in the country about 5 miles from Joseph, next to a trickling stream in the valley surrounded by farms and ranches. Pets are welcome, including horses. Activities on our road; McCully trailhead for finding Morels, hiking, or horseback riding and Kinney Lake fishing. Nearby attractions would be lots of hunting, Wallowa Lake, go carts and Tramway, paddle boarding, boating, rodeos events, rail rider cars, concerts, parades, car shows and more!
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$75
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Farmers Lane Country RV Camp

4 sites · RVs2 acres · Enterprise, OR
Beautiful quiet country location in Wallowa County, Oregon between Enterprise and Joseph. Wide open view of the majestic Wallowa Mountains just a hop & skip away. Lovely sound of water flowing thru front of property. Paved road for great bicycling and walking in the countryside. Use of shaded front yard for dining & relaxing with soothing sounds of waterway. A central location to enjoy all Wallowa County has to offer!
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Lemmie Camp

1 site · RV, Tent15 acres · Enterprise, OR
15 Acre farm with views of the Wallowa Mountains, and the Seven Devils in Idaho. Only 2 miles from town, but secluded and quiet surrounded by bare land and hillsides. Easy access to all of the town amenities, with an out-of-town feel. Leave the busy sounds of traffic and tourism and enjoy your quiet serene space. Chance to see a variety of wildlife passing through. You are minutes from local restaurants, 13 miles from Wallowa Lake State Park & all that the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has to offer- trailheads for hiking, the lake for swimming or boating, and a bike or walking trail. Just outside of town you can head to the Minam River, or Snake River for fishing and recreation. 15 miles from the Zumwalt Prairie Nature Preserve where you can observe nature and agriculture.
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Glamp at the Evans Farm

3 sites · Lodging, Tents30 acres · Joseph, OR
The Evans Farm is a Century Farm which has been in our family for three generations (with the fourth generation children enjoying it now).  It was a self sufficient family farm for many years with Jersey Dairy cattle, Suffolk Sheep, pigs, quality horses, both Draft and Riding, and a flock of chickens.  A large garden supplied family vegetables.  A love for the land and the area were all part of the Farm. Located two miles from Joseph, three miles from Wallowa Lake, and close to hiking, fishing, camping, and outdoor adventures, the Farm is secluded but offers easy access to the surrounding area. 
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Creekside RV Park & Campground

31 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · New Meadows, ID
Creekside RV Park and Campground is located approximately 3 miles East of New Meadows and 8 miles West of McCall. The park has 27 full hookups and 10 electric/water hookups with ample open area for you to roam. The campground is a perfect home base for your summertime adventures. Just minutes from MeadowCreek Golf Resort, Brundage Mountain Resort and Downtown McCall.
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Eagle Cap Acres

1 site · Lodging10 acres · Joseph, OR
This is a 2 bedroom 2 bath mountain cabin on the side of Mt. Joseph 2 miles outside of Joseph Oregon, at 5200 foot elevation with a beautiful view to the north and east. The cabin was built about 20 years ago, and is still being improved upon, but it is very sturdy and insulated, so stays cool on hot days, warm on cold days There is a propane stove for heat. Cabin is at the end of a short lane so is very private. It is backed by 10 acres of woods and the area is unfenced and people hike all around the area on trails and gravel roads. Beloved natural Wallowa lake is a short drive, or long walk, away.
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Almosta Farm

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents15 acres · Cove, OR
We are a woman owned family farm in peaceful Cove, Oregon. Enjoy the goats and pet pig as well as the beautiful sunsets and expansive night sky.
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Pondosa, Oregon. Old mill town.

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Baker City, OR
Learn more about this land:Campsites are gravel parking with park-like lawn, well kept, and surrounded by a small picnicking area with extra parking, porta potty, garbage receptical, BBQs, tables and chairs on sprawling grassy lawns shaded with 100 year old large trees. Perfect for a large group. We have a big tree swing and an adult size teeter totter for you to enjoy. There is a horseshoe area. The camping sites are back in only, so if you have trouble backing in, I am happy to help. Each spot has a fire pit with first firewood supplied, (additional be purchased) and a picnic table. Surrounding area is sagebrush, 2 miles from Wallowa National Forest with miles and miles of wilderness trails, lakes and Mountain fishing, ATVs, hiking, biking. You can ride your ATVs right from the camp. There is huckleberry and mushroom picking in early summer and late spring. Local wildlife consists of deer, elk, eagles and owls, pheasants, quail, wild turkeys, all kinds of birds, (even an occasional farm chicken may wander by) and coyotes and frogs calling at night. My friendly labs like to come say hi. Campsites are for tents or RVs. Our electric is shared among the campsites. Our water is from a wonderful deep cold well that’s piped to a shared outlet in the middle of the RV camp. Bring a hose to hook up, we have one if you need one. Guest Wi-Fi if you’re close to the store. Cell service is limited. I do allow generators if you are not sharing the park with anyone else. If you’re the only ones, no quiet time, if others are camping, quiet time is from 10:00 pm - 7:00 am. Site 1: largest fire pit, close to the power hook up, the most shady spot but still sunny, closest to the park. Site 2: A bit of shade, most of the day in sun. Closest to water hook up. Site 3: A Sunny site, a little late afternoon shade. A little more privacy as it’s the last spot. Farthest stretch for water and power, but I provide an extension power cord to it. Our little store has items you may need if you run out or forget something. We also sell regular gas.
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The best camping near Wallowa-Whitman National Forest guide

Overview

About

Spread out over around 2.4 million acres, Wallowa Whitman National Forest is Oregon's largest national forest and among the largest in the lower 48. It covers much of northeastern Oregon as well as a section of Idaho, and nearly a quarter of its land is designated wilderness. The scenery is fantastic, with alpine lakes, craggy mountains, and seemingly infinite stretches of high desert. Some of the most popular attractions include the massive Eagle Cap Wilderness, a favorite among fans of remote backpacking, and Hells Canyon—the deepest river gorge in North America—which runs along the Snake River on the Oregon-Idaho border.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for active families: Anthony Lake Campground offers tent and RV sites, yurts, and a boat ramp in the heart of the Antony Lakes Recreation Area.
  • Best for horses and their owners:  Two Pan Campground has four stock sites for campers who don’t want to leave their horses behind.
  • Best for wilderness lovers: West Eagle Meadow Campground features meadow-side camping in the remote Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Make your plans six months in advance. Campsites, cabins, yurts, and many other facilities open up for reservations at 7am Pacific Time, six months in advance. You can make reservations by calling the US Forest Service or using their online reservation system.
  2. Many of the campsites in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest operate on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re after one of these spots, try to come before the weekend to secure your spot.
  3. Look for alternative, privately run campgrounds. If you’re having a hard time securing a Forest Service campsite, look into booking with private landowners in the area.

When to go

Temperatures tend to be more extreme here than in western Oregon, with cold winters that often drop below freezing and hot summers. Higher altitudes tend to get a good amount of snow, which makes the forest a popular winter recreation area, but if you're here to camp, you'll find the most pleasant temperatures between June and September. While June can get a fair bit of rain, the later summer months tend to stay dry.

Know before you go

  • This forest encompasses some of the most remote spots in Oregon, and cell service is limited. Be sure to stock up on supplies, download maps for offline use, and have plenty of fuel in your car before heading out.
  • You can stock up on groceries and supplies in the towns of Baker City, La Grande, and Joseph. These spots also have ranger district offices.
  • Many forest campgrounds offer accessible campsites and restroom facilities, and the northside Powder River Interpretive Trail in the Powder River Recreation Area is paved and wheelchair-accessible.

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