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About Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Campgrounds in Wallowa-Whitman
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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!
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.
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