Description for Wallowa LakeWallowa Lake is located in the northeastern tip of Oregon. The lake is surrounded by the picturesque Wallowa mountain range which has been dubbed the "Alps of Oregon". The area was guaranteed to the Nez Perce as part of the Treaty of 1855 but was reclaimed from them by the United States government shortly after gold was discovered in the area. The Nez Perce eventually surrendered under the leadership of Chief Joseph and they were banished from the area. There are several monuments set up for the Nez Perce near the lake and the nearby city of Joseph was named after Chief Joseph. The south end of the lake is populated with vacation homes, rentals, lodging, and restaurants.
The lake is known for its population of Kokanee and the world record was caught there in 2010. The best time for Kokanee is from May to June. Trolling is the most effective method for kokanee. Trolling can also produce healthy sized Mackinaw. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout. During the winter and early spring the largest fish are caught. Trout can be accessed from the shore. The northwest side and near the dam can be productive areas and the inlet on the south side is also another good area to try.