It is summer in Wallowa county! Current weather has been sunny and in the 80’s for the most part. Overnight temperatures are still in the 30’s-40’s. Planning a trip to Wallowa Lake State Park? Fantastic! Please check website for current fire conditions. Also keep in mind the varying weather, and do not forget to bring sunscreen.
As of Aug. 27 campfires are now allowed in the designated fire rings. Please never leave your fire unattended.
Saturday, September 1 come swim, bike, and run among the beautiful Eagle Cap Mountains and breathtaking Wallowa Lake scenery while competing in a sprint length triathlon to benefit victims of domestic and sexual violence. The race starts at 8am with a 250m swim then a 12 mile bike ride and ends with a 5k run. Not feeling up to the whole race? There is a 5K race for you as well. All proceeds will benefit safe harbors, Wallowa counties domestic and sexual violence service provider.
For more information or to registrar head to: http://www.wcsafeharbors.com/Triathlon/index.html
This weekend is the 3rd annual 7 Wonders Cup Dragon Boat Race. Join us at Wallowa Lake State Park Marina Aug. 24-26th for a weekend full of sprint races and slalom races, there will even be local vendors and free live music! Bring a lawn chair and something cold to drink as you watch 12 teams compete to be the fastest. Don’t forget to cheer extra loud for the home team, Dragons in the Wallowas!
Enjoy live classical music as you walk around the beautiful Wallowa Lake State Park’s day use area. Anyone is welcome, but if you want to reserve head phone to get the full experience head to: https://www.inalandscape.org/. Hope to see you there
Looking’ for a buckin’ good time? It’s that time of year again, the last full weekend in July. It is PRCA rodeo time here at Wallowa Lake State Park. Chief Joseph days rodeo is held at Harley Tucker Memorial Arena in beautiful Joseph Oregon. There will be Parades, Rodeo Events, Races, Western Activities and more.
Tuesday July, 24th 1:30 – Chief Joseph day’s Kickoff, Bucking horse stampede in downtown Joseph
Wednesday July, 25th 7pm- Family night, general admission $15
Thursday July, 26th 7pm “Tough Enough To Wear Pink”, General Admission $15
Friday July 27th 7pm Rodeo, General Admission $17
Saturday July 28th 10am Grand parade, Main Street, Free
7pm Final night of Action packed PRCA Rodeo, General Admission $17
For more information visit: http://chiefjosephdays.com/rodeo/
As of today, July 19th there is a ban on all campfires and open flames in all state park properties. The ban is in response to Gov. Brown’s declaration of a fire emergency. The campfire and open flame ban includes campgrounds, day-use areas, and all areas of the Ocean Shore and beaches managed by OPRD. The fire ban applies to wood, charcoal, and other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve. Liquid fuel stoves or cooking devices that can be turned off with a valve are permitted, but cannot be left unattended.
The fire ban is expected to last at least one week, but will be evaluated based on weather, resource conditions and input from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other state and local fire officials.
Up-to-date info about fire restrictions at state parks is here: http://bit.ly/2uLzdwY
Durring your trip to Wallowa Lake State Park make sure to take time to look around. Look at the wildflowers on the mountains, look at the fish in the river, but most importantly look up at the night sky! Because this little jem of Oregon is far enough from major city’s there is very little light pollution. That makes seeing the night sky easy. In fact, a couple of nights ago I was relaxing by the lake and I saw two very bright stars as the sun was going down. After doing some research I discovered that I was starring at Jupiter and Venus. I downloaded a free star gazing app and began staring at the beautiful constellations. No telescope required!
While your vacation maybe stressful do not forget to look up to give you a little bit of perspective!
Speaking of stars, on July 13th Wallowology is having a Star Party! Come down to Wallowa Lake State park day use area from 7 to midnight. There will be fun activities such as water rockets and constellation story telling, plus telescopes will be set up to look at star clusters and other galaxies. Hope to see you there!