Visit Wallowa County

City of Wallowa

We are so excited to share our community with you! Come and explore Wallowa County. Start with us here at timber bronze 53 llc (TB53). We are gearing up and hoping to have the Eagle Cap Excursion Train stop at the Grain Elevator in 2022. The warehouse, grain elevator, and silo are getting cleaned up so we can show what is happening now and in TB53's future. Go to the Home page to sign up for our newsletter to follow our progress. 



Fishing on the Wallowa River

Photos: Michael Campbell and Aaron Haselby, BLM. Visit BLM to view more,




How to Pronounce Wallowa


A lot of you may be thinking, where in the world is Wallowa? Not only that, but how do you even pronounce it? Well, fear not because I’m here to help you out! When I was a kid, I pronounced it La-wow-a for a few years, so don’t worry if you get it wrong the first time because many do. If you want to make a good impression on people anywhere you visit, it’s good to at least know the name of where you’re going. In this video, Beth’s Aunt, Mary Ann Burrows (Wallowa’s historian) tells us that Wallowa is a Nez Perce word meaning fish trap.

Click on the picture of Wallowa Lake below to see how she pronounces it.

Wallowa (Wah-lau-wa) is an hour North-East from La Grande, Oregon. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever lived! It’s in a valley surrounded by mountains, so you can find green scenery and beautiful sunsets all-year round. Although the best time to visit is usually summertime. With long backpacking hikes and Wallowa Lake’s gorgeous glacier water, you can’t help but visit this amazing Jem. Even if you don’t hike or swim the views and small-town charm will entice you to return again and again. 




Wallowa Union Rail Authority

The tracks are being repaired and we are hoping that the train can come next year. It will be so exciting to have the train in Wallowa County again. You can learn more about the Eagle Cap Excursion Train schedule here.



 Wallowa County

Wallowa county is a beautiful valley with rich history. Wallowa is a Nez Perce name, meaning fish trap. Our town historian can tell you all about how to pronounce Wallowa on our Blog page.

Click here to learn how to pronounce "Wallowa". When you get to our blog page click on the Wallowa Lake photo to watch her video interview with KPTV 7, Boise, Idaho. 


 Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce

 We are members of Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce who are working diligently to bring awareness to our beautiful county. If you think Wallowa is beautiful you should see the upper end of the valley. The Eagle Cap mountains and wilderness area are absolutely breath taking. I have heard it mentioned that we are the Swiss Alps of Oregon. This is just one view of the Wallowa Lake. For the outdoor enthusiast, Wallowa Lake has camping, hiking trails, boating, go carts, etc.  Visit Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce to see more amazing sites and fun activities all over the county.



The Nez Perce People

Our little valley is steeped in history. Chief Joseph and his people were a peace-loving tribe. He has some incredibly wise words for us all, words to live by, especially for our day. 


"Let me be a free man — free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself — and I will obey every law... Whenever the white man treats an Indian as they treat each other, then we will have no more wars. We shall all be alike — brothers of one father and one mother, with one sky above us and one country around us... that all people may be one people”
— Hinmatóowyalahtq'it (Chief Joseph), 1879

Visit Nez Perce Homeland site here.



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