Walla Walla Forest Camp
Wallowa National Forestwrite a review Upper Lostine Road
Lostine, OR 97857
GPS: 45.3163, -117.4024
|Last Price Paid:||$5|
|Number of Sites:||4|
22 Ford Transit 250 cargo van conversion high roof, extended wheelbase
Chris&David would stay here again
“Awesome riverside rustic camping complete with resident doe”
Reviewed Jun 12, 2016
Walla Walla is one of eight Forest Camps sprinkled along the Lostine River Canyon in the Wallowa Eagle Cap Wilderness. The gravel road is in good shape until you get to the Lostine Guard Station, at which point it gets rockier and rough. Fresh water is available at the Guard Station which you'll pass on the way to this campground. The spigot is like a fire hose and at right angles to the 2" hydrant. You might find it challenging to fill your containers. The first Forest Camp after the Lostine Guard Station (stop here for potable water) is Walla Walla. It's 13 miles from tiny Lostine. It's name comes from the Native American term meaning "small rapid river".
Each campground is slightly different than the next, so take your time to find your own "sweet spot." The Forest Service has provided a helpful one-page printed guide to all the campgrounds and picnic areas along the "Lostine Corridor" so stop at the Lostine Overlook on your way up the canyon (about 8 miles from town).
We loved the small size of Walla Walla which has only 4 sites and one centrally located vault toilet. Sites 1 and 2 are riverside and huge. Sites 3 and 4 are "inland" from the water with no river access. Site 2 is the most private of the four, and this is the one we chose for the night.
No one else was here on a gorgeous, hot Monday. The high-flowing Lostine River ran high and fast from the early snow melt. You'll want to wait until later in the summer to dangle much more than your toes in it. In the evening, and again in the morning, we were visited by a lone doe who munched her way around our van, unaware that we watched her for a total of three hours.
The Bowman/Francis Lake Trailhead is a few miles further up the canyon. It has a huge parking area and stock loading facility. Many popular lake destinations depart from this trailhead.
There's no cell phone reception in this valley, so either drive back to Lostine or hike up a few thousand feet until you get a signal! We saw only two other campers from Sunday through Tuesday of the first week of June, 2016.
Each of these facilities (called "Forest Camps" by the NFS) is very well maintained. In addition to spending two nights (one at Turkey Flat and the other here at Walla Walla), we spent a morning visiting each one early in June of 2016. The toilets are clean and well-stocked. The trees have been cleared from the winter's storms and newly cut rounds have been left behind for campers to split and/or burn in the fire rings.
Note: Large motor homes or those towing oversized or tall trailers will have difficulty finding accommodations along the river, so try commercial parks in Joseph or at the Wallowa State Park.
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Journal After taking a horse-packing trip through eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains in late July of 2007, I knew we’d return someday and try to cover the same territory on foot. So that’s w...
- dry camping
- fire ring
- picnic table
- restrooms: vault
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