Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

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About Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Lets get real: Wallowa-Whitman National forest is 2.3 million acres and so incredibly magical that nearly 40 percent of the park is designated special–do that math. Tread lightly on nearly 173,000 acres of old growth forest and follow green moss covered trails to cascading waterfalls; through deep canyon walls straight to your heart’s content. The ancient, massive forest dares all sorts of wild wilderness adventures, year round–pick your best poison. Not to be taken lightly, Wallowa-Whitman is home to clandestine enchantments like the “wild and scenic” Snake River and Hell’s Canyon; North America’s deepest river gorge. With four different wilderness areas to investigate, what you won’t gain in elevation will tempt you into perfect fairy tale fascination.

Campgrounds in Wallowa-Whitman

Oregon Campground
Oregon Campground is an off-roaders dream. Located along Highway 26 which is part of the Journey...
Two Pan Campground
Long weekend. Road trip. Hey, those two things go together. So we think you should head to the Two Pan...
Stevens Campground
Exert minimal effort and maximum relaxation camping at Stevens Campground. Fishing, hiking, and...
Spool Cart Campground
If a camping spot served with a side of history is more your speed, hop on board at the Spool Cart...
Coyote Campground
Send your friends down a social media rabbit hole of jealousy by staying at Coyote Campground. Camp in...
Spring Creek Campground
Spring Creek Campground is located in an open pine forest near a small meadow so you can do your best...
Umapine Campground
We wouldn’t argue with you if you called it walking, but you might change your mind about hiking with...
Buckhorn Campground
Journey to the Wild West at Buckhorn Campground; camping, hidden waterfalls, and hiking in the...
Twin Lakes Campground
Twin Lakes Campground is the perfect destination for a last minute trip or weekend getaway. A...
Vigne Campground
Vigne Campground (that’s vine to some of you) is a secluded site set in an open pine-fir forest...
Seven Devils Campground
If eight devils is one too many then Seven Devils Campground is just right for your outdoor adventure....
Windy Saddle Horse Camp
All in favor of giddy-upping down the highway for some nature-loving fun? You’ll love horsing around...
Moss Springs Campground
Popular with equestrians, the trails radiating from Moss Springs Campground seem long and dusty to...
Hurricane Creek Campground
Located at the 'end of the road' (cue Boyz II Men), this small campground allows visitors to explore...
Fish Lake Campground
Here’s the situation: your A/C is proving woefully inadequate against Mother Nature, and also it’s...
Pittsburg Campground
So you’ve got some sort of end-of-summer camping excursion in the works but aren’t sure where to go?...
Lake Fork Campground
Lake Fork Campground lies between North Pine Creek and the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. The vibe here is...
Elk Creek Campground
The teddy bears may have their picnic and now you can have yours streamside in a picturesque ponderosa...
Eagle Forks Campground
Eagle Forks campground is along Eagle Creek, a Wild and Scenic River. This fast moving recreation...
Indian Crossing Campground
Apologies in advance to your Instagram followers. Indian Crossing campground is literally located at...
Anthony Lake Campground
Ahoy, matey! Summer’s not complete without hopping aboard and feeling the wind on your face. So let...
Millers Lane Campground
Millers Lane Campground is the most intimate of 3 campgrounds near Phillips lake surrounded by...
South Fork Campground
Bypass a summer bummer by pitching your tent at South Fork Campground. Conveniently located along the...
Union Creek Campground
Forget the boys of summer and kick off everyone’s favorite season at the Union Creek Campground. One...
Wetmore Campground
As you know, summer technically may not begin for a few more months. And as you also know, anytime the...
Arrow Forest Camp
Arrow Forest Camp is right on target for your outdoor adventure. Campsites are located along the Wild...
Boulder Park Campground
TLC had it right with don’t go chasing waterfalls, but we think you should make an exception at the...
Boundary Campground
There are so many ways to handle an unseasonably warm weekend. You could handle one in at Boundary...
Buck Creek Forest Camp and Trailhead
Just look at it out there. Yep, we’re entering prime eating-on-the-ground season. So you might as well...
Canyon Forest Campground
S’mores are good. Really good. Almost seems like they can’t get any better. Unless you’re toasting...
Irondyke Forest Camp
Congratulations, you’ve almost made it through the workweek—and you still haven’t thrown up your...
McBride Campground
McBride Campground is a berry popular choice with local campers and berry picking connoisseurs. This...
North Fork Catherine Creek Campground
Got a hankering for the freshest air and some good old fashioned family time? The 18 campsites on the...
North Fork Catherine Creek Group Campground
Forget the Ambien-we are prescribing you a weekend away and sounds of Catherine creek to help you get...
Shady Campground
You’re nickname is ‘shady lady’ so you might as well camp at your namesake site. Deep in a ‘shady...
Tamarack Campground
Any hopes of a mild summer have already been dashed. But the silver lining is, of course, that...
Two Color Campground
Wanderlusting? Then head to Two Color Campground (we promise there are more than two colors tho). Set...
Hidden Campground
If the closest you got to spring break in the past few years was watching James Franco camp it up in...
Black Lake Campground
If roughing it is more your speed, you’ll feel at home at Black Lake. Providing a truly...
Yellow Pine Campground
Looking for an outdoor adventure that doesn’t involve drinking on a patio? Visit Yellow Pine...
Mud Lake Campground
From Treasure Island festivals to backwoods weddings, you’ve set up camp anywhere you can pitch a tent...
Walla Walla Forest Camp
Do you ever feel like when summer is half over, your weekend park rotation needs a refresh? Check out...
Ollokot Campground
Wish you could live inside Moonrise Kingdom? Experience similar quirkiness in an old growth ponderosa...
Windy Saddle Trailhead
All in favor of giddy-upping down the highway for some nature-loving fun? You’ll love horsing around...
Coverdale Campground
Honking, quacking, whistling… sounds like a Saturday night out in the city. Trade in those city sounds...
Dougherty Campground
Dougherty Springs Campground is near the northern boundary of the Hells Canyon National Recreation...
Turkey Flat Forest Camp
Turkey Flat Forest Campground is nestled in a cool forest of pine and fir, almost pretty enough to put...
McCully Forks Campground
Rugged. Striking. Pretty much the perfect outdoor companion. And no we don’t mean a man in a flannel...
Blackhorse Campground
Rebecca
Rebecca: We stayed at Blackhorse last year, twice. The first time we stayed, we were met with a very friendly...
Grande Ronde Lake Campground
Arin
Arin: This has been a favorite camping spot for my family for years and we love the smaller camp units-it...
Anthony Lake Tent Campground
If you’re looking to perfect the art of roughing it, Anthony Lakes Tent Campground is walk-in only and...
Kirkwood Ranch
The Kirkwood Historic Ranch Campground is rich in river history from early Native American occupation...
Williamson Campground
The largest campground in the Lostine River Canyon, Williamson campground has plenty of nature to make...
Lick Creek Campground
If relaxing and exploring are kinda your “things” then get your kicks at Lick Creek. Located along the...
West Eagle Meadow Campground
Pretty, private, and open to the public, West Eagle Meadow Campground is a hidden gem well worth the...
Bird Track Springs Campground
In true Oregonian style Bird Track Springs is a riverside campground known for it’s accessible bird...
Saddle Creek Campground
You know when someone tells you to “take a hike?” They definitely had Saddle Creek Campground in mind...
Southwest Shore Campground
Glamping. Awful word. One of the worst. But dammit, you respect what it stands for. Be as glam as you...
Frog Heaven Forest Camp
Frog Heaven is truly that, an undisturbed camping ground with ZERO facilities and home to more...

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Hipcamper Rebecca

We stayed at Blackhorse last year, twice. The first time we stayed, we were met with a very friendly Doe, yes, a doe, a deer, a female deer! (hahaha) She wanted to eat dinner with and stayed for a couple of hours. We left the next day!

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Hipcamper Arin

This has been a favorite camping spot for my family for years and we love the smaller camp units-it makes it more private. If you can do without showers and just bippies-you will enjoy yourself. The lake is beautiful and there is a meadow nearby-you can watch deer in the morning. Fishing has been great for us too.

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History of Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

The land that is now the Wallowa–Whitman National Forest was first occupied by the Nez Perce people around 1400 CE. The area was the summer home of the Joseph Band of the Nez Perce tribe. The Cayuse, Shoshone and Bannock tribes arrived in the area some time later. The native people hunted deer, elk and bighorn sheep in the Wallowa Valley and surrounding mountains. The first European settlers arrived in the Wallowa Valley in 1860. In 1887, a gang of horse thieves murdered 34 Chinese miners in Chinese Massacre Cove along the Snake River.

In 1905, the Wallowa Forest Reserve and Chesnimnus Reserve were established by President Theodore Roosevelt. The two reserves were later merged to create the Imnaha National Forest on March 1, 1907. On July 1, 1908, the name was changed to Wallowa National Forest, and in 1954 the Wallowa was administratively combined with the Whitman National Forest to create the Wallowa–Whitman. The Whitman had been established on July 1, 1908, from part of the Blue Mountains National Forest. On June 20, 1920, part of Minam National Forest was added.

The Eagle Cap primitive area was established in 1930. The area was designated as a wilderness in 1940. The Wilderness Act in 1964 placed the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Eagle Cap was enlarged by 73,410 acres (297 km2) in 1972 and by an additional 67,711 acres (274 km2) in 1984. Its area now totals 350,461 acres (1,418 km2).

The Wallowa Mountains Visitor Center and headquarters for the national forest, a 20,500-square-foot (1,900 m2) log building in Enterprise, burned to the ground on July 11, 2010