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Wallowa Lake Resort
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Joseph
Reviewed 19 July 2013

We were hoping for a nice relaxing getaway for a few days that would include lots of relaxing peace and quiet, some light hiking, and extraordinary scenery. We got some of what we were hoping for, but certainly not all.

We stayed in the Little Fir Cabin #6, and it was adequate for the most part. Bedrooms were very quiet and the beds were comfy - I had the best nights' sleep two nights in a row that I have had in a long time. The kitchen was stocked with the basic pots, pans, etc. Cable TV was advertised, but be forewarned... there were no channels over #38. Free WiFi was also advertised, but it was very weak... we were not able to use our tablets very much at all. We didn't think not having cable TV choices or adequate WiFi would be such a problem until one of us injured our achilles tendon... at the beginning of the trip. This meant lots of time being spent in the cabin and very little entertainment choice.

On top of those disappointments the cabin's back deck overlooks the bumper boats and putt putt golf areas. Everyday there was lots of squealing, yelling, and joyful screaming from people using the bumper boats. Glad they were having a good time, however it was quite annoying to us in the cabin.

Two days before we were to leave the microwave decided to go crazy on us... it would start up at random with nothing inside it and would not turn off. Had to unplug it and not use it. That really was the last straw for us and we decided to leave the very next day, cutting our stay short by a day.

As far as surroundings and scenery go...
The town of Joseph is just a few miles down the road and is very quaint... only a few blocks long but lots of gift shops and restaurants and lots of real estate businesses. We ate at La Laguna, the mexican restaurant in town our first night there, and it was very good.

We took a day trip to the Hells Canyon Overlook. The overlook was disappointing... could see part of the canyon but couldn't see the Snake River. However the drive to and from was gorgeous. There were few cars on the rough two lane road and it felt like we were all alone in another part of the world.

Wallowa Lake is a pretty moraine lake. But we were spoiled after visiting many moraine lakes in the Banff National Park a couple of years ago. Wallowa Lake is beautiful on its own, but cannot compare to Lake Louise or Moraine Lake in Banff.

All in all this whole trip seemed like a good idea in the planning stages, however repeated little disappointments kept getting in our way of having a really good time. Bummer... we had such high hopes.

Room Tip: Stay in a cabin away from the bumper boats.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

Stayed 1 night in #26 Waldhut. Wished we stayed longer- cabin sleeps 6 but it was just us & our 2 dogs. They take pets in some cabins too! Price was great- will def return for longer & with more family & friends. The lake is beautiful , clear , amazing!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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3  Thank TeamKrason
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

My husband and I came to Joesph for a car show, it was our first time at the Wallowa Lake Resort what a treat we stayed in the cutest little cabin #2 Fawn it was very very clean the decor is rustic and is well stocked with everything you would need for a comfortable stay. The staff is very friendly and attentive to all our needs. We went fishing at the lake, it is a beautiful lake we fished off the dock and caught our limit. We were so relaxed by the time the weekend was over we stayed another day. Thank You Wallowa Lake Resort.

Room Tip: Go online to look at each cabin very informative.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Dale S
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

This was our 2nd trip to Wallowa Lake Resort and were so excited. Unfortunately, when we arrived and went to the office to pay off our remaining amount due for the cabin the (male) employee wouldn't honor our confirmation amount and instead charged us an additional $30. I even had the confirmation with me that showed the total but he could have cared less. He charged me for 2 peak nights and 1 off peak even though I advised him that per their website I should be charged 2 off peak nights and 1 peak night. At that point he simply just pointed at a printed sheet hanging by his desk and said the sheet stated otherwise. Well, when I booked and researched I didn't have his "sheet" to reference and he should have honored what was online on THEIR website and what was printed from them. Needless to say, his rudeness and lack of caring made for a very rocky start of our much anticipated vacation. It's not about the $30 it's about their word to honor what their website AND their emailed and printed confirmation stated...not change it once we get there and then care less about it. As far as the cabin, we stayed in #23 the Heidihaus and it was gorgeous. There was a field next to our cabin that hadn't been cut in quite some time so it was a little itchy for the kids' to play in. But they did end up cutting it in the middle of our trip during the day while I was trying to put my baby down for a nap which didn't work out well with the sound of the mower. Although when the gentleman cutting the lawn realized we were in the cabin he did apologize and offer to stop which I thought was very considerate. Wallowa Lake in general is beautiful and we will definitely be taking another trip there in the future. We will definitely look into other property management company's or pay before we arrive to make sure they don't change the amount on us when we get there and don't have any other choice.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

my husband and i just spent another fabulous week at the wallowa lake resort in wallowa oregon. this was our second stay in the last 3 years. we go the end of april and the weather is great and #5 is now even better since the staircase remodel. it is a beautiful time of year to get away to the peace and quiet of wallowa lake. the cabin is always warm and inviting. #5 is the only one with a wood burning fireplace and the wood is delivered to your side door daily it is great and peaceful. i would recommend this place haven't been there in the high season but we enjoy the off season because of the peace and quiet. thank you again for a awesome week. alan and denise sanborn................see you again next year

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank denise s
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We visit the resort in May each year with a group of girlfriends. We are all in the tourist/wine industry and this is our break away before the season really kicks in in Walla Walla. The resort is a beautiful rustic place, with clean cabins, nice outdoor areas and close enough for a great to walk to the lake. Don't forget to do a bit of retail therapy in the little town of Joseph, which is only 15 miles away. Love it and we are booked again for this year, now who is bringing which meal? I'm bringing the crafts and art projects.

Room Tip: Cabin #9 and #10 are very large and comfortable.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank FischerHouse
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Reviewed 30 March 2013 via mobile

We stayed in 5 Osprey. It was off-season, but the staff were as attentive as if it were high season. The cabin was newly renovated. It was fully equipped and very cozy. Had a great fireplace/woodstove and plenty of firewood. Get groceries before you get up there so you don't need to drive back into town.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Additional Information about Wallowa Lake Resort

Address: 84681 Ponderosa Ln, Joseph, OR 97846-8184
Region: United States > Oregon > Joseph
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Joseph
Price Range: £49 - £189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We provide fully furnished luxury rental homes and cozy cabins at Wallowa Lake. Amenities include an outdoor hot tub, wireless internet, king beds, Cable TV, wheelchair accessible units and lake/mountain/river views. Many cabins are pet friendly. Open year round. ... more   less 
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Wallowa Lake Resort Joseph, Oregon

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