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Winding Waters River Expeditions is headquartered in beautiful Joseph, OR. All of our  Snake River through Hells Canyon and Grande Ronde River rafting trips meet in Joseph. All of our Salmon River rafting trips meet in scenic Clarkston, Washington at the Holiday Inn, located along the Snake River.

Joseph, Oregon

Magnificient Main St- a wonderful place to be.

Winding Waters River Expeditions’ Boathouse is headquartered in the mountain town of Joseph, a beautiful rural haven nestled in the foothills of the Wallowa Mountains of northeast Oregon. Both the Snake River through Hells Canyon and the Grande Ronde Rivers are located in this region. This area is rich in cultural and natural history. The landscape ranges from 9,838 feet (2,997 meters) above sea level (Sacagawea Peak) in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa Mountains to less than 1,400 feet (427 meters) above sea level in Hells Canyon. This wide-range of elevation results in a rich variety of wildlife species and ecosystem types. No stop-lights and only 1 fast food chain restaurant help keep this county of approximately 7,000 residents and 2.5 million acres a unique and well-loved treasure.

Prior to and following your rafting adventure with us, visitors can enjoy the scenic natural surroundings and the many shops and restaurants in Joseph. Home to a wide array of artists, Joseph’s downtown is graced with many beautiful bronzes. And be sure to visit the newly renovated Joseph City Park Playground, built by over 900 community volunteers in the spring of 2017 (that’s Todd, one of our guides, in the tan vest putting some final touches on the build).

Driving Directions

There are two main ways to get to Joseph year ’round: Highway 82 from La Grande (a scenic byway) and Highway 3 from Lewiston. In the summer only, one can take USFS Road #39 from Halfway. Any way you drive, you will not be disappointed as the scenery is beautiful. These roads are included in events like Cycle Oregon, a state-wide road bike tour of Oregon, and auto and motorcycle club tours. For approximate driving times, visit Google Maps.


The closest airport to fly into is in Lewiston, Idaho (Lewiston Nez Perce County Airport). Lewiston is located approximately 2 hours by car from Joseph. Alternative airports are in Walla Walla or Spokane, Washington, Pendleton, Oregon or Boise, Idaho. There are also small municipal airports in Joseph and Enterprise for private planes. If you would like to travel this countryside on your visit here, renting a car is your best option. For a SHUTTLE from Lewiston to Joseph, call Michele’s Car Service ((208) 305-5636).

Joseph Area Accommodations

The Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce has a comprehensive list of accommodations in the area.

Bed & Breakfasts

Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast 309 South Main St.
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-0230
(866) 520-9769 Toll Free
Kokanee Inn Bed & Breakfast 700 South Main Street
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-9765

Resorts & Lodges

Eagle Cap Chalets 59879 Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-4704
Flying Arrow Resort 59782 Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-2951
Matterhorn Swiss Village 59950 Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-4071
Wallowa Lake Lodge 60060 Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-9821
Wallowa Lake Resort 84681 Ponderosa Lane
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-2391
Wallowa Lake Camp 84522 Church Lane
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-1271
(866) 432-1271 Toll Free
Wallowa River Camp PO Box 296
Enterprise, OR 97828
(800) 709-2039 Toll Free
Wallowa Lake Vacation Rentals PO Box 296
Enterprise, OR 97828
(800) 709-2039 Toll Free
(541) 426-2039
Cabin Rentals at Wallowa Lake (855) 432-0541 Toll Free
(541) 432-0541

Hotels & Other

Country Inn
(formerly Melody Ranch)
402 W. North
Enterprise, OR 97828
(541) 426-4986
Eagle’s View Inn & Suites 1200 Highland Avenue
Enterprise, OR 97828
(541) 426-2700
(855) 426-2700 Toll Free
The Jennings Hotel & Sauna 100 North Main Street
Joseph, OR 97846
Ponderosa Motel 102 S.E. Greenwood
Enterprise, OR 97828
(541) 426-3186
Wilderness Inn Motel 301 W. North
Enterprise, OR 97828
(541) 426-4535
Wallowa Lake
State Park Yurts
72214 Marina Lane
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-8855
(800) 452-5687 Toll Free

General Area Information

Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce

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