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Ron Campbell of Pendelton, Ore., holds a 9.0 lb 10.0 oz, world-record kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka) caught on June 13, 2010 in Wallowa Lake. Photo courtesy of Ron Campbell.

Wallowa Lake

Wallowa Lake is a natural glacial lake situated near the headwaters of the Wallowa River (Grande Ronde River, Snake River Basin). Located at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains, the lake is the centerpiece of Wallowa County's agricultural, natural resource, and tourism economy.

Fishing Opportunities

Naturally reproducing populations of kokanee and lake trout. Legal-size and sometimes larger rainbow trout are stocked from May through early September.  Visit, MyODFW for more information on easy angling in northeast Oregon.

Wallowa Dam project (MOA)

Wallowa Lake Dam was constructed in 1916, and rebuilt in 1929, to store water for irrigation purposes.

Sockeye reintroduction

  • Feasibility study for reintroducing sockeye and coho salmon in the Grande Ronde Basin, July 1998.

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