Page 1


K i l

Northeast Oregon: We hope you love it as much as we do

Destination Northeast Oregon

The Observer



hat draws visitors to Northeast Oregon? Let’s see ... perhaps it’s the mountains. Or maybe the lakes and rivers, or parks, or art scene. The reasons number too many to list here, so hopefully you’ll take the time to explore. Of course, "explore" is an adventure in itself, depending on if you take a scenic drive in a vehicle or cover the same miles on a bicycle. And if you come in the winter, there’s no need to huddle inside with hot cocoa (although you can do that too). The Anthony Lakes Recreation and Ski Area boasts the best powder and the shortest lift lines. So welcome to our part of the world. We hope you stay awhile and discover why we love it so much.

Inside 4 — Nature 6 — Trails and Parks 11 — Day trips 12 — Swim and golf 14 — Wilderness 16 — Ladd Marsh Wildlife Nature Area 18 — Snow fun 20 — Hells Canyon Scenic Byway 30 — Eagle Cap Excursion Train 32 — History 35 — The Arts 36 — Farmers Markets/Agriculture 38 — Union County calendar 40 — Wallowa County calendar

Destination Northeast Oregon is a special publication of The Observer. Copyright The Observer April 2013 1406 Fifth St., La Grande, OR 97850 541-963-3161 •

La Grande Celtic Festival & Highland Games



August 24th-25th, 2013 August 23-24th, 2014

(Always the 4th Weekend in August)

Union County Fairgrounds La Grande

Celtic Society of Eastern Oregon P.O. Box 3236, La Grande, Oregon 97850

541-975-3952 •



Enjoy the Casual Elegance

3TEAKs3EAFOODs0ASTA "URGERSs3ALADS Eastern Oregon's Premier dining spot, known for its atmosphere, service and delicious food. Live Music most Tuesdays & Thursdays

$EPOT ,A'RANDEs   Dining Room Hours: Mon-Sat 5 pm to 10 pm Bar Hours: Monday-Thursday 4 pm to 10:30 pm Friday 4 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 5 pm to 11 pm

Destination Northeast Oregon


K i l


It's our nature


he beauty and recreation of this place draw visitors, who sometimes decide they like it enough to stay. Explore for yourself and see what adventures you can find. But please be prepared — find a map, take supplies, tell someone your route. Whether you’re in search of birds, fish, or a nice trail to hike, check the next few pages for suggestions on outdoor hot spots.

See Nature/Page 5

Recreation information Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Oregon State Parks

The Observer Union County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at 207 Depot St. in La Grande

Distances from La Grande to ... ■■Portland: 250 miles ■■Eugene: 372 miles ■■Bend: 293 miles ■■Medford: 535 miles ■■Boise: 171 miles ■■Spokane: 255 miles ■■Tri Cities: 120 miles ■■Salt Lake: 508 miles ■■Baker City: 45 miles ■■Enterprise: 60 miles ■■Wallowa Lake: 69 miles ■■Pendleton: 47 miles


Birding, fishing, hiking

The Observer

■■ Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area and Nature Trail

A viewing platform enhances the birdwatching at the Peach Road nature trail and auto tour. To get to the viewpoint, follow Foothill Road south from La Grande, or exit 268 off I-84, southeast of La Grande. See page 12. ■■ Mount Emily Recreation Area

Union County recently purchased nearly 3,700 acres on the face of Mount Emily, La Grande’s most prominent landmark, for management of recreation and natural resources. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and ATV trails are available, with more recreation facilities planned. Trails are easily accessed from staging areas near the Union County Fairgrounds on the north end of La

Grande. ■■ Morgan Lake

Find fishing, picnicking, swimming, camping and non-motorized boating just a short drive through the hills above La Grande. Paved jetties provide wheelchair access. From La Grande’s C Avenue turn left on Walnut Street, head five miles up Morgan Lake Road.

■■ Anthony Lakes Recreation Area

Pristine and quiet, this high-mountain lake is surrounded by granite peaks that sparkle in the sun. In summer, enjoy camping, fishing, picnicking and excellent hiking through unspoiled mountain wilderness. The lake is wonderful for kayaks, canoes and rafts and is popular for fly fishing and angling. Exit 285 off I-84 at North Powder, turn west toward mountains and follow signs 20 miles.


Continued from Page 4



K i l

Photo by Michelle Bloker

Destination Northeast Oregon

Continued from Page 5 ■■ Bird Track Spring Campground and Nature Trail


Located 20 miles north of Elgin at Palmer Junction. Tour this ODFW operation, and pack a lunch to picnic at the hatchery or other scenic spots

Giant pine and cottonwood trees and grassy areas highlight the 22 tent/trailer camp spots. There are restrooms but no potable water source. A nature trail wanders through the woods at riverside and is great for bird watching. West of La Grande on I-84, take Starkey Exit 252 and go 4.5 miles on Highway 244. Ask for a nature trail guide at the visitor center or Forest Service office.

■■Trails, parks and campgrounds: ■■ Winom-Frazier off-Highway Vehicle Trail Complex

This giant complex of trails near Ukiah on Highway 244. is designed for off-highway vehicles of all kinds. Trails travel through two national forests and between two wilderness areas. A trail map is available at the Forest Service office or the visitor center.

■■ Looking Glass Fish Hatchery 541-437-9723

along the way. ■■ Catherine Creek State Park

Situated on the tree-lined banks of Catherine Creek, this park is popular for picnicking, camping, hiking and fishing. A trail allows hikers to climb through the forest for outstanding views. Trailhead access to the Eagle Cap Wilderness is also nearby. This park is located 14 miles southeast of Union on Highway 203.

■■ Jubilee Lake Campground 509-522-6290

This USFS campground with 51 primitive sites surrounds Jubilee Lake, which is open to nonmotorized boating and activities. Located 35 miles northwest of Elgin on Highway 204

■■ Indian Rock Overlook 509-522-6290

High atop Mount Emily, this overlook offers a view of the Grande Ronde Valley. Four-wheel drive vehicles only. Located 15 miles north of La Grande on Fox Hill Road.

ande's r G




“The rt of Keeping It Local”

Old World Craftsmanship and Artisan Charm come to the Historic Streets of Downtown La Grande.


People will be coming from all over just to experience it! Whether you are a unique business looking for retail or restaurant space, or an artist or fashion designer looking for studio space, we have the location and experience required to make your dream a success.


K i l

Photo by Michelle Bloker

PARKS Destination Northeast Oregon

■■ Wallowa Lake


Wallowa Lake is about 70 miles from La Grande on Highway 82, near Joseph. It was shaped by glaciers that covered this region several times. At six miles in length, the lake is a playground to waterskiers, jet skiers, paddleboaters and anglers. On-shore are go-carts and miniature golf, as well as a tramway that takes visitors to the summit of 8,300-foot Mount Howard. Two miles of hiking trails at the top provide incredible views. Amenities: lodging, RV park, restaurants, convience groceries, boat launch, state park and campground. No gas. Many services are open seasonally.

■■ Hilgard Junction State Park

Camp and picnic among the giant cottonwoods along the banks of the Grande Ronde River, at a site where pioneers forded the river. Historic information kiosk. Located eight miles west of La Grande, Exit 252 off I-84.

■■ Minam State Park

Features 12 primitive campsites on the banks of the Wallowa River. Camp, fish, raft and enjoy the scenery. Located two miles north of Highway 82 at Minam, midway between Elgin and Wallowa.

Oregon State Parks Some state parks charge a day-use fee of $5. Or, you can purchase a 12-month pass ($30) or a 24-month pass ($50) at most major state park offices, over the phone by calling 800-551-6949, or from vendors all over the state. The pass is transferable among vehicles. ■■ Red Bridge State Park

This scenic park sits in the pine trees along the Upper Grande Ronde River. Popular for fishing and picnicking, it has a few campsites as well. Take Exit 252 off I-84, then go eight miles on Highway 244.

■■ Emigrant Springs State Park

Near the summit of the Blue Mountains, Emigrant Springs is between La Grande and Pendleton, at Exit 234 off I-84. The park offers campsites in the midst of giant evergreens. Cabins, teepees, covered wagons, RV and horse camp sites are also available. There are interpretive kiosks, living history presentations and restroom facilities complete with showers.

Richland , W a


Stay and Play



K i l

Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald

Destination Northeast Oregon



Autumn color at Wolf Creek Reservoir.

■■ Pilcher Creek Reservoir 541-963-1016

Camp, picnic, fish and watch wildlife at this beautiful, quiet reservoir with view of the Elkhorn Ridge of the Blue Mountains. Primitive facilities. Take Exit 285 off I-84 at North Powder, then follow signs.

■■ Wolf Creek Reservoir 541-963-1016

A great place for fishing, camping, waterskiing and boating in a picturesque setting at the base of the Blue Mountains. Primitive facilities. Take the Wolf Creek Exit 282 from I-84 near North Powder. Follow signs west.

Baker City is on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. See pages 25-26 for a map of the route and information about stops along the way.

■■ Thief Valley Reservoir 541-963-1016

Situated in the heart of cattle country, this reservoir is a premier spot for spring fishing and windsurfing. Primitive facilities. From Union, drive south on Highway 237 to Telocaset. Cross railroad and follow Medical Springs Road for five miles.

Looking for a day trip?

■■Day Trip One

WALK: Stretch your legs with a walking tour. Choose the historic homes in one of La Grande’s oldest neighborhoods, or the trees and landscaping downtown. Self-guided walking tour maps are available at the visitor center, 207 Depot St. At the Eastern Oregon Fire Museum, corner of Elm Street and Washington Avenue,, see the community’s vintage fire engines and exhibits (open by appointment: 541-963-3123). DRIVE: While at the visitor center, be sure to pick up a guide to The Grande Tour, a state-designated driving tour route that helps you explore the history and magnificently diverse landscape of Union County. Start by traveling along the historic Oregon Trail to the viewpoint overlooking Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. The marsh hosts birds of many feathers. Next, stop by Hot Lake Springs for a tour of the bronze foundry and historic spa.

See Day Trips/Page 11


DAY TRIPS Continued from Page 10

The Observer

Birdwatchers at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Nature Area.

■■Day Trip Two — Go Wild! Large game, songbirds or waterfowl: just passing through or year-round resident, the list of wildlife to be seen in Union County seems endless. Start with a hike on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area nature trail, south of La Grande on Peach Road, a mile off Highway 203 between La Grande and Union. Then, drive up the beautiful Grande Ronde River for another great way to enjoy nature. Pack a lunch. Hilgard and Red Bridge State Parks, and national forest campgrounds are

great for picnics and camping. A hike on the Bird Track Spring Nature Trail is a birdwatcher’s dream. The scenic wonders of the upper Grande Ronde River are popular with motorcyclists and touring bicyclists, as well as those touring by car. The huge Winom-Frazier Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Complex is nearby for hiking, biking, horseback riding or ATVing. Find a camp spot in the woods and sleep under the stars, or return to La Grande for a comfortable bed and a delicious meal.


Continue to the historic town of Union. Victorian homes and charming brick storefronts give the small community its flavor. On Main Street, the Union County Museum is the home of the acclaimed Cowboys Then & Now Collection, previously housed in Portland and now situated in the scenic heart of cattle country. Eighteen holes of golf awaits at the challenging Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union. Continue the drive to Cove, where you can tour the Gilstrap Brothers Winery. Call 541-5684646 for hours. Near the winery, visit the Tom Dimond Art Glass Studio, 541-568-4397, and watch the artist create beautiful glass works. Take a dip in the Forest Cove Warm Springs Pool, an outdoor pool with a picnic area in Cove. Head back to La Grande. Play miniature golf at Riverside Greens, next door to Riverside Park. The professionally designed course offers mini-golf and is the perfect setting for a party. Or, try out the nine-hole course at the La Grande Country Club in Island City. It has open play times daily for visitors.


Destination Northeast Oregon


K i l


The Observer

To swim...or to golf ■■ Cove Warm Springs Pool 541-568-4890

Relax or exercise in the popular naturally heated outdoor pool and picnic area in Cove, across the valley from La Grande.

■■ Veterans Memorial Pool 401 Palmer St., La Grande 541-962-1347

This indoor public pool offers a variety of swimming activities, plus a separate kids pool.

■■ Buffalo Peak Golf Course 541-562-5527 • 866-202-5950

This scenic 18-hole, public golf course in Union is located on a hillside overlooking the Grande Ronde Valley. The course offers challenging links-style play for all levels of golfers. Take Highway 203 southeast of La Grande to Union or Highway 237 from North Powder, turn east on Fulton Street. Green fees are $17 for nine holes on weekdays, $20 on weekends, and $27 for 18


holes on weekdays and $31 weekends. ■■ La Grande Country Club Golf Course 541-963-4241

The La Grande Country Club welcomes visitors during daily open play times. The country club is a nine-hole course with a mature landscape, in a country setting. The clubhouse provides refreshments, food and an event room. Power and hand carts are available. Green fees are $35 for 9 holes and $50 for 18. Call for available tee times.

■■ Alpine Meadows Golf Course 541-426-3246

Located in Enterprise, this nine-hole course features a view of the Wallowa Mountains. Green fees are $20 for nine holes, $32 for 18. Call for tee times. See Golf/Page 14




1216 Adams Ave La Grande 541-663-WINE

OPEN 7 Days A Week 2023 Main St Baker City 541-523-7490

Recreation Swim Times Monday-Thursday ........3:30 to 5:30 pm Fridays..... 3:30-5:30 pm, 7:00-8:30 pm Saturdays ........................1:00-4:00 pm Beginning June 1st Recreational Swim Times Monday-Saturday 1 to 4 pm Youth Price (2-17) $3 Resident/$3.50 Non Resident Senior Price (65+) $3.50 Resident/$4 Non Resident Adult Price (18-64) $4.50 Resident/$5 Non Resident (under 2 years free)

For more information on Recreation Swim • Lap Swim Gentle Exercise Classes Swim Lessons & More visit

Veterans’ Memorial Pool 401 Palmer, La Grande 541-962-1347

Three Locations To Serve You La Grande Office 541-663-9000 Baker City Office 541-523-7390 Richland Office 541-893-3115 Visit us at


Want wilderness?

K i l

Destination Northeast Oregon

Photo by Michelle Bloker



f you want to really escape the ordinary, head for the Eagle Cap Wilderness. As Oregon’s largest wilderness, its 500 miles of trails wend through premier backpacking country. In the fall, hunters stalk big game. In winter, snowshoers, skiers and snowboarders delight in the powder of its semi-arid climate and high elevations. Set aside by the U.S. Forest Service in 1930, Eagle Cap is still so secluded many Oregonians have yet to discover its charms. In its 580 square miles, hikers and horseback riders can find solitude amidst an abundance of wildlife including elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, coyotes, black bear

and cougar. The Information Forest Service district offices US Forest Service have detailed La Grande district office trail maps and 541-963-7186 advice on littleused areas. Trailheads can be accessed from all sides of the wilderness and as close as 25 miles from La Grande. Most trailheads are open by June, but be prepared for inclement weather and snow drifts far into summer in the highest areas.

GOLF ■■ Riverside Greens Miniature Golf Course 541-963-7361

Play miniature golf on a fun, professionally designed course. Open Wednesday through Sunday in June, July and August; Friday through Sunday in May, September and October. Call for hours and to make party arrangements. Fruitdale Lane, next to Riverside Park on the north end of town.

■■ Rock Climbing

A growing sport in Northeast Oregon. Test your skills at the climbing wall in Quinn Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Oregon University. Call for available hours. ■■ La Grande SK8 Park and Pioneer Park Oak Street and Palmer 541-962-1352

This regulation skateboard park is an excellent facility for skateboarders. Pioneer Park also has a busy ball field, playground, pavilion and public swimming pool. Call for pavilion reservations.

Located Cove-Union Hwy, just west of Cove, Oregon Classic Neo-Gothic Archecture ~ Built in 1870’s by A Pioneer Civic Leader

Call for FREE TOURS of the home 61502 Oregon Hwy. 237

(541) 568-4772

Living Estate Sale - Watch for signs For Sale in the near future!

% R H 7 :LOG Q U D %

Carnival • Food • Entertainment • Fun Jr. Market Auction • Parade • and More

2013 Union County Fair July 31st - August 3rd


K i l

Destination Northeast Oregon

The Observer


Birdwatching at Ladd Marsh


he Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area has more than 200 species of birds, 40 species of mammals and 10 species of reptiles and amphibians that either visit or live in the marsh, which takes up 6,000 pristine acres on the Grande Ronde Valley floor. The wetlands, managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, is among the largest of its kind in Northeast Oregon. Thousands of ducks, geese, swans and shore birds stop to feed and rest at the marsh during spring and fall migrations. Bald eagles often spend the fall and winter at Ladd Marsh. In the summer nesting season, more than 2,000 ducks and 400 Canada geese are produced annually. Avocets, grebes, black-necked stilts, sandhill cranes and many raptors use Ladd Marsh to raise their young. On the ground, mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk can often be seen browsing and grazing. The 400-acre Tule Lake Nature Area provides an entry point for birdwatchers. Tule Lake features a mile-long hiking trail as well as a mile-long auto tour. Tule Lake is open each day from a half-hour before dawn to a half-hour past sunset. Photogra-

Located off Highway 203 between La Grande and Union. 541-963-4954

Bird Festival The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival takes place the May 17-19. The family-oriented event lets you explore the whole wildlife area, even places normally closed to the public. Whether you are a novice or an experienced bird watcher, you’ll find much to enjoy. On Saturday, experienced birders will staff birding stations to offer assistance in finding and identifying birds and providing information about area birds and bird watching.

phy blinds can be reserved as well. Neither firearms nor dogs are allowed in the nature area.










S D N I F ATTIC for the 3rd Annual

REVIVAL ROADSHOW Friday, July 26-Sunday, July 28 Three great shops where you’ll find antiques, furniture, vintage goods, repurposed treasures, unique gift ideas, stylish home decor, and a few bargains, too! So, come on out and shop till you drop!



1710 Adams Ave., La Grande

Enjoy a Movie!

★ ★ ★


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

, /ĂŠ , -ĂŠ


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

GRANADA 3 THEATRES ÂŁĂŽÂŁÂŁĂŠ`>Â“ĂƒĂŠĂ›iĂŠUĂŠ>ĂŠĂ€>˜`i Movie Show Times ~ 963-3866

Take a trip down memory lane...

“One of only 3 remaining Drive-in Theatres in Oregon...come see what you’ve been missing all these years�.

>ĂŠĂ€>˜`iĂŠ Ă€ÂˆĂ›i‡˜ >VĂ€ÂœĂƒĂƒĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠ ˆ‡>Ă€ĂŒĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ>ĂŠĂ€>˜`i Movie Show Times ~ 963-3866

Potter's House Gallery, Gift Boutique and More! Corner of 6th & Penn, La Grande





K i l

Destination Northeast Oregon

■■ Anthony Lakes Recreation and Ski Area 541-856-3277


Pristine and quiet, this beautiful high mountain lake offers camping, fishing, hiking and picnicking in the summer. Trails lead to close lakes, or you can link up to the Elkhorn Crest Trail. In winter, Anthony Lakes Ski Area’s 7,100-foot base elevation provides powder snow that draws skiers and snowboarders from near and far. To get there, take Exit 285 off I-84 at North Powder, turn west toward the mountains and follow signs 20 miles.

■■ Spout Springs Ski Area 541-566-0327

This area is located between Elgin and Weston on Highway 204. In winter, ski downhill and Nordic, snowboard, snowshoe and ride snowmobiles. Features two lifts, a restaurant/lounge and night skiing. In summer, hike and mountain bike through the Blue Mountains.

■■ Meacham Divide Nordic Ski Area

Nordic ski in the hear of the Blue Mountains on 25 kilometers of ski trails groomed with diagonal and skate lanes. On the Umatilla National Forest, the ski area is operated by volunteers through a private/public partnership. Located 17 miles west of La Grande off I-84 at Exit 243.

An area for all seasons As the snow melts around Anthony Lake, the area turns into a summer play land, with a campground, fishing (no motorized boats allowed), and hiking the many trails, which range in length from a quarter-mile to much longer — this is one end of the Elkhorn Crest Trail, a 24-mile route that follows the ridgeline of the Blue Mountains.





Wallowa County Ace is THE place to go for: • Lawn & Garden • Paint • Sporting Goods • Home Improvement • Small Kitchen Appliances • Camping Gear


WALLOWA COUNTY ACE HARDWARE 107 NW 2nd Enterprise 541-426-3622

Destination Northeast Oregon

Hells Canyon

1. Elgin


2. Wallowa ■■ Little Bear

3. Lostine

■■ M Crow & Company


4. Enterprise

■■ The Bookloft ■■ Hells Canyon Mule ■■ Bee Charmed ■■ Outlaw Motor Sports ■■ Thompson Auto Parts ■■ Bowlby Bash ■■ Wallowa County Chamber ■■ Wallowa County Ace Hardware

5. Joseph

■■ Mountain Splendor Wedding Garden ■■ Bronze Antler B&B ■■ Creekside Country Haven B&B ■■ Calderas ■■ Cattle Country Quilts ■■ Stewart Jones Designs


6. Wallowa Lake

■■ Eagle Cap Chalets ■■ Vali’s Alpine ■■ Matterhorn Village ■■ Wallowa Lake Tramway

7. Halfway

■■ Halfway Motel

8. Richland 9. Baker City 10. La Grande ■■ Quail Run


)UHVK)UXLW6PRRWKLHV‡,WDOLDQ6RGDV‡&RIIHH'ULQNV +RPHPDGH6RXSVDQG6DQGZLFKHV 0XIILQV *RRGLHV “Where memories are made” 100 W. Main. Enterprise, OR 541-462-3693 Wendy Stewart - Owner

But as for me I will always have hope. I will praise you more and more. Psalms 71:14


2 3


4 5 6

7 9



JULY 13, 2013 All Day

â– â– A section of the Byway is closed during the winter and usually opens by late spring/ early summer. Call 541-426-5546 for current information.

Hells Canyon Destination Northeast Oregon 22

A scenic drive

K i l


he Hells Canyon Scenic Byway lets you leave the fast pace and fenced-in views of Interstate 84 and follow the contours of the land into slower times and wilder places. Journey from river’s edge to mountaintop and down to valley floor. Have lunch overlooking a wild and scenic river; share a canyon road with a cattle drive. Pass through lush valleys rimmed by the snow-tipped Wallowa Mountains. Savor the scent of pine on the fresh mountain air and enjoy panoramic views of rugged basalt cliffs and grassy open ridges. Stand next to the majestic Snake River as it begins its winding course through North America’s deepest canyon, or ride the rapids on a raft or jetboat. The Hells Canyon Byway is one of three All-American roads in Oregon, and one of 31 in the nation. The route is 218 miles long and passes through 11 towns. See Byway/Page 23

See Pages 20-21 for the Byway map

The Observer

Hells Canyon facts The canyon is 125 miles long. The canyon is one mile deep. The deepest point, at 8,000 feet, is measured from the peak of He Devil Mountain, part of Idaho’s Seven Devil’s Range. A 215,000-acre wilderness is enclosed within a National Recreation Area of more than 1,000 square miles of canyons, forests and mountains — an area larger than Hong Kong or Rhode Island.

■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

■■ ■■ hells_canyon


book for current news. WHERE TO GO â– â–  Hells Canyon Scenic Byway: North and then south on Highway 82 from La Grande to Joseph; east on Highway 350 (Little Sheep Creek Highway) to the junction of Forest Road 39 (Wallowa Mountain Loop Road); south on Forest Road 39 to its junction with Highway 86; west on Highway 86 to Baker City. â– â–  Good backroads: Island City to Elgin via Hunter Road; Highway

â– â–  Hells Canyon Overlook: Approximately 43 miles southeast of Joseph off Forest Road 39 (Wallowa Mountain Loop Road) and a well-marked access road. â– â–  National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center: Five miles east of Baker City off Highway 86. For more information, please see page 28.


You can ride a tramway to the top of the mountain, fish, hike through canyon country or alpine forests. In winter, downhill or cross-country ski, or ride a snowmobile on a section of the byway that closes to automobiles for winter.


Years ago, brothers Steve and Eric Folkestad discovered that the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is a natural tour route for motorcycles. This year’s annual Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally isJuly 12-15. For information, visit the website, or search for Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally on Face-

Our pet-friendly bed and breakfast offers three themed guest rooms featuring private bathrooms. Perched on a knoll surrounded by 20 acres of privacy makes it the perfect romantic getaway or a cozy base camp. Relax with a cup of coffee as you soak up the 360 degree view of the Eagle Cap Wilderness area.



Although the route can be driven in as little as 5 hours, the Byway is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. The route of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is a loop that encircles the Wallowa Mountains, intersecting with Interstate 84 at La Grande and Baker City. The route travels through 11 communities. Each offers a variety of shopping, dining and lodging opportunities. The entire route is on a paved highway. Plan ahead — you’ll find stretches of more than 80 miles without gas and with few services. A segment of the Byway between Joseph and Halfway closes with snow in winter, but allows access to winter recreation areas.

350 to Imnaha; Forest Road 39 to Imnaha via the Upper Imnaha River Road.

Hells Canyon



Hells Canyon Destination Northeast Oregon 24

Along the Byway: Towns G

rande Ronde Valley to Wallowa Valley, 84 miles via Highway 82 and county road 350. Allow two hours for travel, and another one or two hours for stops. Beginning in the patchwork farmlands of the broad Grande Ronde Valley, the first leg of the byway follows numerous rivers through ever-higher valleys to the glacier-carved Wallowa Mountains. Each small town along the way offers character and a combination of services. Sometimes visible from the highway, the Eagle Cap Excursion Train runs on sections of the historic Joseph Branch railroad. LA GRANDE AND ISLAND CITY

ty’s historic homes, urban forest and commercial historic district. Crops thrive in the valley’s deep, rich soil — look for orchards and fields of mint, alfalfa, wheat, barley, sugar beets, seed potatoes and turf grass seed.


Established in 1922. Population 295. Elevation 2,732 feet above sea level. Cafes, groceries and gas. Pastoral Imbler’s farming heritage is deeply rooted. Known as the "Grass Seed Capital of the World." Numerous Century Farms in the area have been operated by the same families for more than 100 years. The community and Mount Harris, to the east, were named for early settlers.

Established in 1865. Population 13,085 and 1,065. Elevation 2,788 feet above sea level. Lodging, RV parks, restaurants, shopping, groceries and gas. From La Grande and Island See Byway Towns/Page 25 City, take Highway 82 east. La Grande was established at an important rest stop along the #FCOU#XG historic Oregon Trail. A .C)TCPFG variety of travel services, specialty shops and 541-963-3400 &OHDQa&RPIRUWDEOHa$IIRUGDEOH proximity to varied terrain make La Grande a 1-877-782-4576 popular base for all types of outdoor recreation. Watch birds and wildlife at nearby Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, climb aboard antique fire trucks at the Eastern Oregon Fire Museum RV PARK-15 Full Hook-Up Spaces: MOTEL-26 Rooms: A/C, Nonsmoking, Satellite TV, $FURVV+Z\IURP)DLUJURXQGV downtown, and enjoy con- In-Room Coffee, Private Bath Restrooms & Laundry, Phone Wi-Fi Available certs, plays and cultural events at Eastern Oregon )RU5HVHUYDWLRQVFDOORUHPDLO University. Walking tours (541) 742-5722 highlight the communi(PDLOKOIPRWO#SLQHWHOFRPKDOIZD\PRWHOUYSDUNFRP

Halfway Motel & RV Park


K i l


Established in 1899. Population 890. Elevation 2,923 feet above sea level. Established in 1891. Population 1,705. Elevation 2,670 feet above sea level. Lodging, See Byway Towns/Page 26 RV Park, restaurants, groceries and gas. 7KH:DOORZD&RXQW\IDPLO\WUDGLWLRQ The former location ZLWKORFDOVDQGWRXULVWV of Fort Baker and a VLQFHOLYHVRQ trading area since the 1880s, Elgin is a gateway to outdoor recreation in the Umatilla ‡)DPRXVPLONVKDNHV VRIW VHUYHLFHFUHDP and Wallowa-Whitman ‡([WHQVLYHFKRLFHRIIULHVDQG national forests. Home DSSHWL]HUV to cattle, grain and hay ‡1RZVHUYLQJDOORXUEXUJHUV producers as well as ZFKRLFHRIKDQGSDWWHGRU mill and timber workORFDOJUDVVIHGEHHISDWWLHV ers, this community hosts the Elgin Stam&DOOLQRUGHUVZHOFRPH‡:DOORZD2UHJRQ pede PRCA Rodeo each July. The restored Elgin Opera House presents 6XPPHU+RXUV6XQ:HG7KXUV6DW movies, concerts and live theater. The Grande Ronde River flows through town, providing opportunities to raft, fish and enjoy the scenery.


Hells Canyon



133 Hwy 82, Lostine, OR 541-569-2285



Call for reservations Homemade donuts served Saturday and Sunday mornings 9-11 59811 Wallowa Lake Hwy, Joseph 541-432-5691

Lodging, store, boat launch and state park. The Minam and Wallowa rivers meet here and flow into the Grande Ronde River a few miles downstream. Segments of all three rivers have earned Wild and Scenic designation. The rivers offer steelhead fishing, rafting and year-round wildlife viewing. In winter, watch for bald eagles and other raptors. From here, the Byway climbs through a series of valleys toward the Wallowa Mountains.


Swimming Pool Hot Tub Conference Room Honeymoon Suite & Cabin

• Coffee Shop • Wi-Fi • Mini-Golf

59879 Wallowa Lake Hwy • Joseph, OR 541-432-4704 •

Located on the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness and beautiful Wallowa Lake. Enjoy year-round activities




Hells Canyon Destination Northeast Oregon 26


Lodging, cafes, groceries and gas. "Wa-Lo-wah" shares its Nez Perce name with the mountains, lake, river and valley you’re now entering. The Wallowa Band of the Nez Perce knew the area for its great fishing — Wallowa is the name of the tripod used to support their fish nets. The band gathers here for TamKaLiks, an annual Friendship Feast and Pow Wow each July. Residents depend on the land for farming, ranching, logging and milling. The byway continues along the Wallowa and Lostine Rivers.


Established in 1903. Population 250. Elevation 3,200 feet above sea level. At this tiny turn-of-the century town, visit secondhand stores or rest a while on a wooden bench in front of the combination sporting goods, grocery and dry goods store. Lostine comes alive during the town’s big Fourth of July Flea Market. Numerous Forest Service roads in the vicinity provide access to the Eagle Cap Wilderness.


Established in 1889. Population 1,975. Elevation 3,757 feet above sea level. Restaurants, lodging, groceries and gas. The largest of the Wallowa Valley communities, Enterprise offers an array of shops, accommodations and back country and river outfitters. The Wallowa Mountains are in full view as you continue through rolling ranch lands.


The Wallowa Mountains Visitor Center is located just outside of Enterprise. Find current information on road conditions, campgrounds and recreation facilities.


Established in 1887. Population 1,125. Elevation 4,191 feet above sea level. Lodging, restaurants, shopping, galleries, museum, groceries and gas. Named for young Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe, this town is a flourishing art community with a national reputation for its quality bronze foundries The Observer and galleries. The Joseph has a national reputasummer is full of tion for bronze foundries and events. Most galler-galleries. ies and shops are open year-round, as are museums with Indian artifacts and early history collections. Continue on Highway 82 to Wallowa Lake or proceed on the byway route: at the north edge of Joseph, turn east (between the gas station and grocery store) onto Highway 350.


Lodging, RV park, restaurants, convenience groceries, boat launch, state park and campground. No gas. Many services are open seasonally. Wallowa Lake was shaped by glaciers that covered this region several times. The 2,000-foot-thick Bennett Glacier scoured the West Fork of the Wallowa River for almost 20 miles, creating Wallowa Lake and See Byway Towns/Page 27



K i l

Hells Canyon

Continued from Page 24

Present this coupon for FREE 18 Holes of Miniature Golf

This section features 45 miles of winding road on steep side slopes. Parts of the road were washed out in June 2010, but has since been repaired. Allow about two hours. There is no gas or services, but water is available at some campgrounds. See Page 28


Shop our online store 24/7 For All Your Power Sports Needs

Check out our website for ongoing Sales & Service Promotions


leaving examples of lateral and terminal moraines around the lake. At six miles in length, Wallowa Lake draws waterskiers, jet skiers, paddle-boaters and anglers. Go-carts and miniature golf are on shore, and a tramway offers a ride to the 8,300-foot summit of Mount Howard where two miles of hiking trails at the top provide views into three states. This 6FRRSV,FH&UHDP6KRS area was part of the an0W3LQHV$GYHQWXUH*ROI cestral homelands of the Wallowa Band of the Nez &DQG\VKDFN Perce. *LIW6KRS Return to Joseph and take Road 350 east. From Located at Wallowa Lake - Joseph, OR Joseph, travel on High541-432-4071 way 350 for eight miles to Open Summer Season 7 Days A Week the junction with Forest Road 39, also known as the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road.



THE BOOKLOFT Across from the courthouse in Enterprise

107 E. Main St. • 426-3351 Hours 9:30-5:30 M-F, 10:00-4:00 Sat. Always open at


Hells Canyon

BYWAY TOWNS Continued from page 27

The road is open to vehicles June to October. In winter the route is groomed for snowmobile travel and Nordic skiing. The Wallowa Loop offers exceptional views of the Wallowa and Seven Devils mountains. It crosses several river drainages, including the Imnaha where Snake River Chinook salmon and bull trout spawn. Along the way are numerous trailheads and campgrounds as well as the Canal Fire burn, where a lightning-caused fire burned 23,000 acres in 1989. The road narrows to 1 1/2 lanes for about 11 miles along Gumboot Creek.

Destination Northeast Oregon



Follow Highway 86 from the junction of the Forest Road 39 to the Snake River and on to Hells Canyon Dam. The river is designated Wild and Scenic below the dam. You looked down into the canyon from the overlook. Now see the imposing canyon walls from water’s edge up. Services at Pine, Oxbow and at river’s edge include lodging, dining, groceries, gas and shuttle service. Recreational opportunities include rafting, jetboat-ing, camping, fishing and hiking in the nation’s deepest river gorge.


Seventy-nine miles on paved Highway 86. Allow 1 1/2 hours for travel and one to two hours at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and other stops. Pastoral views and mining history are highlights of this byway segment. Gold strikes brought the first settlers here in the late 1800s. Mines employed large numbers of people, including many Chinese laborers. Farther along the route follow the Powder River upstream through rolling sagebrush-covered plateaus. Virtue Flat, near Baker City, is the site of a popular off-highway vehicle trail complex.


Established in 1909. Population 355. Elevation 2,663 feet above sea level. Lodging, restaurants, shops, groceries and gas. (If traveling from Baker to La Grande it’s the last gas until reaching Joseph.)

Halfway earned its name as the midway point between the town of Pine and the gold mines of Cornucopia. Gateway to wilderness- and river-based recreation in summer, Halfway is a popular winter destination for snowmobilers. A vast network of groomed trails connects hundreds of miles of scenic back country. As you leave Halfway, watch for the marker for the Tim Goodall Wagon Train route of 1862 and the visitor information kiosk near milepost 52. The USFS Pine District office provides additional information. RICHLAND

Established in 1917. Population 150. Elevation 2,213 feet above sea level. Lodging, cafes, groceries and gas. Named in 1897 for the rich soil settlers found here, the area still supports farmers and ranchers and now hosts the fishing and boating enthusiasts who recreate on the popular nearby Brownlee and Oxbow reservoirs. Look for the Hole-In-The-Wall-Landslide where, in 1984, a landslide covered the road and temporarily dammed the Powder River.


National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is at the top of Flagstaff Hill, five miles east of I-84 on Highway 86. Marvel at the courage and hardships of pioneers on their 2,000-mile trek to the promised land of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, still 300 miles away. Extensive interactive exhibits and dioramas, seasonal living-history performances and interpretive/educational programs in an indoor theater. Special events scheduled year-round. The center's hours and admission prices vary by season — for information call 541-523-1843 or visit the website


Established in 1874. Population 10,160. Elevation 3,499 feet above sea level. Restaurants, lodging, RV parks, shopping, groceries and gas. Baker City sits along the Powder River between the dramatic Elkhorn Ridge of the Blue Mountains and the Wallowa Mountains. Victorian architecture dominates the commercial and residential buildings of the downtown National Historic District. Restored buildings include the Geiser Grand Hotel. Also visit the Baker Heritage Museum.

K i l

  "! "! "!  "#"$ !" $!"$#!" $ #!$"$#$#"$#$!"$" # #$ " $!!!"$"!! #"$  !$ ! "$ !$ # ! # #$ "#"$ #!$#$!# # $  $ !$ # "$ #"$   # 

!" !!"  "" "!! 4,,02'/ -5 0.+$,3/ -53(0)5!4%2012/

!3+4/53. 3**1.,02' +15/045 )42'+$51# *4)4.3+012

!! "  

-52204./3.04/ -5 )3//5!4%2012/ -5 ##0*45"3.+04/

-5 1(325!4+.43+/5"3.+04/5"0*20*/

!"! " !! 3+4.#3))/ -5 341 -5"3+015.43 -5 %+,11.532*4 -5 .11(4,53&2 )11. -5)1&4.5 4,/ -5%2,32*451#5/$3,4532,53.02'

&&& (1%2+302/)42,1.&4,,02''3.,42 *1(555555(30) 5*$0*1%)04'(30) *1(5555"$124 5--5555--

Excursion Train

A scenic train ride

K i l

Submitted photo

Destination Northeast Oregon



he Eagle Cap Excursion Train is ready to roll 2013 schedule again in 2013. The season begins with the popular Mother's Day Brunch, May 12. After that, all trips May 12: Mother's Day Brunch take place on Saturdays and depart from the Elgin Depot June 15: Elgin Stampeders Train Robbery at 10 a.m. for a 3.5-hour round trip along the Grande Ronde July 20: Two Rivers and Wallowa rivers. Aug. 31: Two Rivers Highlights of the trip include dramatic scenery — timSept. 14: Two Rivers bered and open ridges tower above the train and basalt Sept. 21: Two Rivers cliffs hug the track. The route follows the tumbling waters Sept. 28: Fall Foliage, of two rivers, and crosses bridges at Yarrington Road and Oct. 5: Fall Foliage Rondowa. Oct. 12: Fall Foliage The new depot in Elgin includes an indoor waiting area, Oct. 19: Fall Foliage restrooms, a gift shop, and history displays. Ample parking is available for passenger cars and coaches. The depot is Information built in the style of the historic depot that once sat on the 541-963-9000 • 800-323-7330 site. The Friends of the Joseph Branch, a non-profit organization that has assisted with the excursion train since the first season in 2004, will manage and operate the train, with members volunteering as car hosts, engineers, carmen and conductors. The organization has also been instrumental in passenger car renovations. Meals, served on the train and included in the ticket price, are prepared by Ten Depot Street, a popular restaurant in La Grande. Alegre Travel serves as the ticket booking agency, which allows passengers to speak with an agent, who can also book motel rooms and offer advice on other activities and attractions in the area. The historic Joseph Branch, now known as the Wallowa Union Railroad, was rescued from salvage in 2003 when the Wallowa and Union County governments formed the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority and purchased the scenic 63 miles of railroad between Elgin and Joseph and limited rolling stock. They began operating freight and passenger excursions in 2004. This year's excursions use the roadless segment of the track between Elgin and Vincent, down-river from Minam. The Friends of the Joseph Branch is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that assists the rail authority with operating the train, hosting passengers, restoring the rail cars and preserving the history of the railroad.

Rendezvous RV Resort


Gateway to Adventure & Culture


La Grande RV Resort ([LW







★ 90 Pull-Through Sites ★ 30-50 Amp Hookup ★ WIFI Services ★ DirecTV


★ 26 Big Rig Sites ★ 10 Improved Tent Sites ★ Laundry/Shower ★ Monthly/Weekly Rates 2632 Bearco Loop ~ I-84, Exit 261 La Grande, OR 541-962-0909 ~ 1-800-276-6873



Golfers who have discovered northeast Oregon’s challenging 18-hole inland links-style course at Union are raving about this “GEM� and the spectacular vistas of three mountain ranges and the majestic Grande Ronde Valley. Sign up for our e-specials at and receive a free round of golf.

()XOWRQ6W  8QLRQ2UHJRQ   Let our Professional Staff help with all your golf needs.

Need instruction? Your best golf is just a phone call or e-mail away!

Best powder


Discount when you show your room key


Featuring All Day Breakfast BANQUET FACILITIES TO 50 PEOPLE


%!C@LR!UD,@'Q@MCD /2

• Downhill • Nordic • Lodge • Rental Shop • Ski School • Cat Skiing • Yurt • Own The Mountain • Highest Base Elevation • Fun Events Ski Anthony Lakes operates in partnership with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest under a special use permit, and is an equal opportunity provider.


Historical highlights ■■ Elgin Opera House 541-437-2014

Historically the center for community entertainment, the opera house, built in 1912, is again a great place to enjoy live musical theater and concerts, movies and family entertainment. The historic structure underwent substantial renovation in preparation for its 100th anniversary year in 2012. Take Highway 82 to Elgin, 20 miles north of La Grande.

Destination Northeast Oregon

■■ Eastern Oregon Fire Museum 541-963-8588


Housed downtown in La Grande’s historic fire station, which was in use from 1899 to 2002, the museum features vintage and antique fire trucks and apparatus. Three trucks are beautifully restored to their original condition. Exhibits include photos of some of the region’s most spectacular fires, early firefighting equipment and clothing. 102 Elm St., downtown La Grande. Open by appointment only; call 541-963-3123. See Historical/Page 34

The Observer

A display at the Union Museum

Historic Districts La Grande’s downtown Historic District, a Main Street community, is undergoing a revival and restoration. You will want plenty of time to explore the variety of shops, restaurants and galleries. (There is an art walk every third Thursday.) A new feature slated to open in 2013 is The Market Place at 1101 Washington Ave., in a building that originally housed Montgomery Ward's. The main level has been remodeled into spaces for meetings and events, while downstairs you step into another world, with sections designed to look like London, Germany, France and Italy. When it opens, the labyrinth of shops will feature clothing, art, specialty shops and restaurants. Tours are given daily while it is under construction; for more information, visit the website www.lagrandesmar- The rural communities of Elgin, Island City and Union are home to a selection of specialty shops and antique stores, each offering items unique to the taste of the owner. Every community has its festivals and special events. In La Grande, enjoy music at Max Square every Thursday evening and the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings through late October and Tuesday evenings from mid-June through September. For information, visit the market website, In Wallowa County, be sure to check out all the wonderful specialty stores in Joseph, including several galleries. And Enterprise, like La Grande, is a Main Street city.

K i l

Wild West Mini Golf

Pirate Laser Tag

Roller Skating Rink Game Room & Arcade

/0%.45%3 &2)0-4/0-s3!40-4/0-


“The Serenity You’ve Been Looking For” #832-40, 181746

Featuring all the comforts of home and more! Located within walking distance of historic downtown La Grande For one night or extended stay reservations



Valerie Smith - Loan Officer, Branch Manager, NMLS#61112 Karin Sturm - Loan Officer NMLS#926420 Laura Hasbell - Loan Processor


HISTORICAL Continued from Page 32 ■■ Ore.Trail Interpretive Park, Blue Mountain Crossing 509-963-7186

A paved, easily accessible trail follows some of the best preserved and most scenic traces of the Oregon Trail. Interpretive panels depict the pioneers’ struggle over the rugged Blues. Settlement era logging exhibit. Picnic area, hiking trails, restrooms and drinking water. Open Memorial Weekend through Labor Day. Operated by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest; trail park fee. Exit 248 off I-84 just 14 miles west of La Grande. Follow signs two miles.

Destination Northeast Oregon

■■ Union County Museum 541-562-6003


This acclaimed museum includes "Cowboys Then & Now," featuring the history of cowboys and cattle in America, plus Hollywood cowboys and a place where kids can try on cowboy gear. New exhibits include the Agriculture, Timber & Transportation building and the Livery Station, with a blacksmith shop and pioneer cabin. Other exhibits highlight the rich natural and cultural history of the Grande Ronde Valley and surrounding communities. Visit the mining cave, learn about American Indian life in the area, and see how settlers lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum is on Main Street in Union’s National Historic District and is open Mother’s Day through mid-October. From Interstate 84, take Highway 203 16 miles from La Grande or Highway 237 about 15 miles from North Powder to Union.

■■ Union Victorian Cemetery 541-562-5212

Established in 1862, this scenic cemetery is the oldest monument cemetery in Northeast Oregon and is still in use. For a unique perspective on the area’s history, pick up a guide to some of the most fascinating and heart-wrenching stories behind the monuments and graves. To arrange a guided tour for a group, send an e-mail to or call. Take Fulton Road east from Main Street in Union.

■■ Historic Hendershott Home

James Hendershott arrived in that valley that would become Cove in 1862 and soon built a home,

which today is called the Historic Hendershott Home. Tours are available by appointment — call 541-568-4772. The house, located at 61502 Union-Cove Hightway 237, is owned by Burt and Ilene Hill. "We've owned it for 68 years. We've been here longer than Hendershott," Ilene said. To learn more about the house, and the community of Cove, visit the website ■■ Gangloff Park

This hillside park offers a view of La Grande and the Grande Ronde Valley, and is a great place for a spring picnic. A paved nature trail provides wheelchair access. The park has restored vegetation and has an Oregon Historical Marker. Highway 30 (Adams Ave.).

■■ Historic Homes Walking Tours 800-848-9969

Take a walking tour of La Grande’s historic homes and landscaping. Wear sturdy walking shoes as you explore the shaded streets of the city’s west hills. A written guide. available at the chamber office and visitor center at 207 Depot St., explains the style and history of chosen homes along the tour. ■■ Hot Lake Springs Restoration Project 541-963-4685

Acclaimed bronze artist David Manuel, one of the founders of the thriving art community in Joseph, has moved his studio, foundry and museum collection to the historic Hot Lake Springs Resort, which is under restoration. Watch the artist at work, visit the gallery, tour the foundry and check out the progress on the restoration of the historic hotel. The resort’s restaurant has opened and nightly accommodations are available. From La Grande, take Highway 203 south toward Union 5 miles to Hot Lake Springs Resort on the right side of the road. Also at Hot Lake Springs, visit the studio of watercolor painter Ann Yoder.

■■ Lions Birnie Park

A former rest and staging area for Oregon Trail pioneers, the park has a covered picnic area, playground and pioneer memorial art installation. Restrooms are available. The park is located at Sixth Street and C Avenue in La Grande.

K i l


Arts for All ■■ Union County Art and Culture Center 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande, 541-624-2800

Joseph is known for bronze, and has seven permanent bronze sculptures in town. For more, see Page 24.

■■ Eastern Oregon University 541-962-3667

■■ ArtsEast Sixth Street and L Avenue, La Grande 541-663-2787

■■ Third Thursday Art Walk

■■ The Potter’s House 541-963-5351

■■ Elgin Opera House 541-437-2014

■■ David Manuel Studio, gallery and bronze foundry 541-963-4685 •

Eastern’s award-winning drama, music and art departments provide a wide variety of concerts in McKenzie and Schwarz theatres, including performances by the resident Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra and the EOU choral department. Well-known and original plays are scheduled throughout the year and art shows are featured in the Nightingale Gallery during the school year. Call for performance dates and gallery hours. The third Thursday of every month, shops and galleries in downtown La Grande extend their hours into the evening to showcase local artists and musicians.

The opera house features live theate, concerts, movies and family entertainment. Take Highway 82 to Elgin, 20 miles north of La Grande.

■■ Grande Ronde Studio Tour

The Grande Ronde Valley’s self-guided tour of

ArtsEast is the home of Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council. The council has been serving Eastern Oregon artists, arts organizations and communities since 1977. ArtsEast coordinates arts education/ outreach programs to regional schools and communities and hosts visual arts exhibitions and performance series.

Visit the studio, gallery and gift boutique of popular local potter Bob Jensen. Learn how he makes his unique style of pottery and raku, a traditional Japanese method of firing pots.

Visit the resident bronze artist’s foundry, art gallery and a cluster of art studios at Hot Lake Springs. Tour the restoration of the landmark historic resort and discover the history. Located on Highway 203, between La Grande and Union.


La Grande’s former public library, an historic Carnegie building, has become a centerpiece for the Union County art scene. The building is now the Union County Art and Culture Center. The center features a gallery and has plenty of space for classes. Classes for kids and adults range from photography and watercolor painting to pottery.

several art studios is Sept. 15-16. Or call for an appointment to visit throughout the summer. Information is available at the visitor center, 207 Depot, or call 541-6242800 or 541-963-5351.


Destination Northeast Oregon


Farmers Markets


La Grande’s popuLa Grande: Starts May lar Farmers Market 18 at Max Square; 9 a.m. to begins May 21, 9 noon Saturdays; 4-6 p.m. a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays continues every SatCove: Starts June 6; urday until Oct. 22, noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays at downtown at Max Ascension School campus Square. Get there Wallowa: Starts June 8 early for the best — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays selection of fresh loin downtown Joseph; 9 cally grown produce. a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays in Music at the Market Wallowa; 4-7 p.m. Thursis part of the market days in Enterprise at the every Saturday. Courthouse. From mid-June through September, there is also a Tuesday market, 4 to 6 p.m. In Wallowa County, a farmers market is held every Thursday evening at the courthouse in Enterprise through the summer and early fall. Joseph holds one on Saturdays. The popular Courthouse Concert Series accompanies the Thursday markets at the courthouse square in Enterprise. The Observer

Our agriculture


griculture is at the heart of Northeast Oregon’s history and the culture is thriving today. Sprawling cattle ranches and productive farms preserve the wide open spaces and create the patchwork quilt that covers the Grande Ronde Valley. Mint, alfalfa, grass seed, cherries, apples, peaches, potatoes, sugar beets and a variety of grains make up most of the crops grown in the valley’s relatively mild climate and rich soil. You will smell a minty freshness in the air in August during harvest. Grapes are one of the area’s newest crops, taking advantage of the sunny slopes above the town of Cove. Gilstrap Brothers Winery makes wine from their own grapes as well as grapes from other growers. The cowboy lifestyle is alive and well, with young ranchers taking over multi-generation family businesses. Eastern Oregon is truly cattle country. As you drive the back roads, you might encounter a cat-

tle drive. Please drive slowly, use caution and let the riders help you through the herd. Honking the horn won’t help! So relax, and enjoy being in the center of an Old West experience with a future. Learn all about cowboys and ranching at the Cowboys Then & Now Exhibit at the Union County Museum in Union. This wonderful exhibit traces the history of cattle in North America, from Columbus to modern ranching. AGRI-TOURISM

Agri-tourism provides an outstanding opportunity for people to connect with nature and the origin of the food they often take for granted. It also offers an excellent chance for agriculturists to educate the public about modern farming and ranching practices and the role agriculturists play in protecting the environment, providing habitat for wildlife and maintaining the wide open spaces and beautiful landscapes.

K i l

2208 Adams Ave., La Grande, OR 541-963-9692 Little Bear Drive-In

300 N Lake Joseph OR 541-432-0585

Proudly Serving Dillanos Coffee

1701 Washington Ave. La Grande, OR






Travel Plaza

63276 Hwy. 30 La Grande, OR 541-963-3432

2003 4th Street La Grande, OR


Sub Shop 1903 4th Street La Grande, OR


Island City Market & Deli

10 Depot Street, La Grande, OR 541-963-8766

(#/+.;(4+'0&.; 4'56#74#06

2209 Adams Ave. La Grande, OR 541-962-7858

10101 W First Street Island City, OR


Nell's -N- Out 1704-1/2 Adams Ave. La Grande, OR


Comfort Food / Espresso 1009 Adams Ave., La Grande 541-624-5600

Calendar Destination Northeast Oregon 38

Union County calendar

K i l

APRIL ■■ 9: Children’s Choir Festival, 6 p.m., EOU ■■ 19: Cowoby Poetry Week event, 1 p.m., La Grande City Library ■■ 18: Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., La Grande ■■ 20: Arts for All, Riveria Activity Center ■■ 21: La Grande Main Street 5K stroll and 10K run, www. ■■ 28: Celebrate Spring Benefit Ride for the Mount Emily Safe Center, 9 a.m., Riverside Park, La Grande MAY ■■ 11-12: Spring Pow Wow and Friendship Feast, www. ■■ 16: Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., La Grande ■■ 17: Titanic the Musical, McKenzie Theater, EOU, www. ■■ 17-10: Ladd Marsh Bird Festival, friendsofladdmarsh. org/bird-festival-2/bird-festival/ ■■ 17: Ag and Timber Twilight Parade, Adams Avenue, La Grande ■■ 18: Blue Mt. Hootenanny Wine and Food Festival ■■ 18: La Grande Farmers Market season begins, held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Max Square. ■■ 21: La Grande's Tuesday Farmers Market begins, 3:30-6 p.m. at Max Square JUNE ■■ 1: Hog Wild Days, Island City ■■ 2: Three Rivers Race, Pioneer Park, La Grande. This bike/ walk/run benefits Shelter from the Storm ■■ 4-10: Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, Union, ■■ 6: Cove Farmers Market begins for the season, held Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. at the Ascension School Campus, corner of Foster and Church ■■ 15: Elgin Riverfest ■■ 15: Elgin Stampeders Train Robbery ■■ 20: Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., La Grande ■■ 29: EOU Biennial Show JULY ■■ 4: La Grande Community Fireworks, EOU’s Community Stadium, 7 p.m. ■■ 4: Imbler Fourth of July ■■ 4: Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Riveria Activity Center ■■ 11: Elgin Stampede, ■■ 12: La Grande Crazy Days ■■ 13-15: Grande Ronde-a-view Car Show, www. ■■ 18: Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., La Grande

■■ 20: Eagle Cap Excursion Train - Two Rivers ■■ 20: Starkey Motorcycle Campout and BBQ, www. ■■ 78: Huckleberry Festival, North Powder ■■ 31: Union County Fair, La Grande AUGUST ■■ 3: Legacy Ford Buckout, Mavericks Arena ■■ 10: Grassroots Festival, Union ■■ 15: Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., La Grande ■■ 17-19: Victory Motorcycle Campout, www. ■■ 18: Cove Cherry Fair and Arts Festival ■■ 24: Celtic Festival & Clan Gathering of Eastern Oregon,, Pioneer Park SEPTEMBER ■■ 15: Grande Ronde Studio Tour ■■ 19: Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., La Grande ■■ 21: Hells Canyon Relay (a team relay race along the Hells Canyon Byway that starts in Baker City and ends in La Grande) OCTOBER ■■ 17: Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., La Grande NOVEMBER ■■ 3: Season’s Faire, Nightingale Gallery at EOU, www.eou. edu/art ■■ 14: Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., La Grande ■■ 22: Turkey Trot DECEMBER ■■ 19: Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., La Grande

Crossroads Community Church 601 Jefferson Ave. La Grande (541) 963-4342

Sunday Worship 10:00 am Wednesday Night 6:15 pm Kingdom Kids - Youth in Action

“...where you can begin again�

Come and worship with our church family

CHURCH OF CHRIST 2107 Gekeler Lane, La Grande 805-5070 P.O. Box 260

Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:30 am Sunday Evening 6:00 pm No meeting on 2nd Sun. night of month Wednesday Night Small qGroup: 7:00 pm Call for location Preacher: Doug Edmonds

Jesus Christ The Hope for Today

Zion Lutheran Church 902 Fourth Street La Grande, OR (541) 963-5998 9:30 am - Worship 10:30 am - Fellowship & Refreshments Nursery Available Pastor Richard Young ~ An ELCA church


:4HPU:[<UPVUÂ&#x2039; 7HZ[VY+H]L 




*5$&(%,%/( &+85&+





First Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

901 Penn Avenue 963-2623 web:

Worship 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 8:45

~Join us at The Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table~

Celebration Community Church EVERYONE WELCOME 10200 N. McAlister, Island City

Sundays at 10 a.m. Dan Mielke 541-663-6122

1(:/,)( &(17(5 6:DOWRQ5G




440 RUCKMAN, IMBLER 534-2201 Sunday Services 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sunday School During Services for kids age three to 5th Grade


 s0ALMER!VE (just east of city pool)

Sunday Worship 10:02 am Come and share in a time of worship, prayer and the study of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s word with us. Worship includes communion on Sunday. Email:

TH3TREETs  Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Gerdes


La Grande - Our Lady of the Valley - 1002 L Avenue 3ATURDAYPM-ASS 3UNDAYAMAM-ASS 7EEKDAYAM-ASS

Union - Sacred Heart - 340 South 10th Avenue 3UNDAYAM-ASS 7EDNESDAYPM-ASS

Elgin - Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - 12th and Alder 3UNDAYAM-ASS 4HURSDAYPM-ASS

North Powder - Saint Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - %3TREET 3UNDAYPM-ASS 4UESDAYPM-ASS



Wallowa calendar Destination Northeast Oregon 40

APRIL ■■ 20: Wallowa Valley Youth Arts Festival, Joseph Community Center, 10 a.m.

K i l

MAY ■■ 11: 5th-annual Mothers Day Art Walk, Joseph ■■ 11: The Return of Chocolate Lovers Walk, Enterprise ■■ 31: 31st-annual Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts, Joseph (through June 2) JUNE ■■ 7: 25th-annual Oregon Mountain Cruise car show ■■ 7: 20th-annual Wallowa Mountain Quilt Show, Joseph High School ■■ 8: Blue Mountain Fiddle Show, Cloverleaf Hall, Enterprise ■■ 8: Joseph Farmers Market (Saturdays through October) ■■ 9: Oregon Mountain Cruise Car Show, Joseph, www. ■■ 13: Enterprise Farmers Market (Thursdays through September) ■■ 15: Mountain High Broncs and Bulls, Wallowa County fairgrounds, Enterprise, ■■ 22: Flora School Days ■■ 22: Amy Hafer Race for Awareness, 8 a.m., Enterprise, 541-426-1913 ■■ 28: 8th-annual Watershed Festival, Wallowa County Fairgrounds, Enterprise ■■ 29: Maxville Gathering, ■■ 30: Dulcimer Week (through July 6), Wallowa Lake Camp, JULY ■■ 4: Wallowa Old-Time Fourth of July ■■ 4: Lostine Flea Market (through July 7) ■■ 4: Shake the Lake Fourth of July fireworks, 9 p.m. Wallowa Lake ■■ 6: Lostine River Run, 541-426-4815 ■■ 6: Joseph Mountain Music Festival, 10 a.m. ■■ 8: Summer Fishtrap, ■■ 8: 9th-annual Wallowa Fiddle Tunes workshop, www. ■■ 13: Bowlby Bash, Enterprise, ■■ 13: Sage Brush Quilt Shop Hop ■■ 19: Tamkaliks Celebration, Wallowa ■■ 23: Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, through July 28, www. AUGUST ■■ 3: Wallowa County Fair ■■ 3: Sunrise Iron Antique Tractor Show, Enterprise ■■ 10: Bronze, Blues and Brews, noon, Joseph ■■ 16: 7th-annual Bronze Bike Rendezvous, Joseph

The Observer

Alpenfest happens Sept. 26-29 in Joseph and Enterprise. ■■ 31: Juniper Jam SEPTEMBER ■■ 6-8: Hells Canyon Mule Days, Enterprise ■■ 14: Wallowa Lake State Park Triathlon, Joseph and Wallowa Lake, 541-398-0482 ■■ 20-21: Hells Canyon Relay, ■■ 26-29: Alpenfest at Wallowa Lake, Joseph and Enterprise, ■■ 28: Paint the Town (watch plein air artists paint at various sites, Joseph) OCTOBER ■■ 2-6: Hop the Blues quilt shop hop, www., 541-432-6669 ■■ 6: 16th-annual Nez Perce Art Show, Wallowa Lake NOVEMBER ■■ 17: 17th-annual Healthy Futures dinner and auction, 541-426-1913 ■■ 23: Joseph Holiday Bazaar (two weekends) ■■ 29: Jingle Through Joseph lighted parade, 5 p.m. DECEMBER ■■ 6: Handcrafters Guild Holiday Bazaar, Enterprise ■■ 13: Enterprise Winterfest Parade and Santa and Mrs. Claus, 541-426-3025.

Destination NE Oregon  
Destination NE Oregon  

What to see and do in Union & Wallow Counties.