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Ladd Marsh WildlifeArea, located I'Oad. five miles south of La Grande, feaLocated just a few miles outside of La tures the largest hardstem bulrush marsh Grande, Morgan Lake offers fishing, camp- remaining in Northeast Oregon. Because Riverside Park ing and nature hikes. The lake is stocked this area is intended to protect nesting Visit the green, 12.4 acre park that annually with 23,000 finger length and and migrating waterfowl, public access is sits next to the Grande Ronde River. up to 2,000 legal size rainbow trout. No limited to viewpoints and a one-mile nature Amenities include a covered pavilion, the motors are allowed on the lake. For more trail, except during hunting season. The city's largest playground, a sand volleyball information, visit best observation points are along Foothill court, horseshoe pits, picnic tables and and Peach roads. Abird checklist is availrestrooms in addition to easy access to the muraLAG/lagcity/index.cfm/city-facilities/ able, and group tours can be arranged. A river. Visitors can also enjoy the recently morgan-lake/ fishing pond is located on the wildlife area. added bridge that crosses the river and the trail that take patrons through the quiet and greenbeautyofUnionCounty.The Indian Rock Overlook park is located at 3501 Spruce St. The Indian Rock Overlook is situated at a viewpoint that overlooks the Grande Ronde Valley. The overlook Morgan Lake structure was built by the combined efforts Morgan Lake is the centerpiece of of USDA Forest Service and Army Naa City of La Grande park. The lake tional Guard1249th Engineering Battalion is stocked with thousands of rainbow personnel. The overlook is located near trout by the Oregon Department of Fish a major route traditionally used by Native and Wildlife each year. The lake has four Americans while transiting from the Blue fishing piers on the south end of the lake, Mountains into the Grande Ronde Valley. restrooms, a small floating dock next to a For more information, visit http://www. boat launching site and much more. The park has gates that prevent the entry recreation/recarea/?recid=52073. of motorized vehicles in the winter. Morgan Lake Park is about two miles

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Minam State Recreation Area This park is located in a remote steep valley with large pine trees dominating the landscape. The Wallowa River flows through the park and is noted for its fishing and rafting. Steelhead fishing in the spring and fall attracts many people. Wildlife is abundant with deer, bear, elk and an occasional cougar are seen in the area. Raft rentals are available at a nearby store and with a trip down the river, you couldeven see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. A wide variety of flowers bloom in the spring in the area. The park is open from March to November.

Catherine Creek State Park Visit Catherine Creek State Park, about 8 miles east of Union on Highway 203. Features at its campground include 20 primitive sites with water nearby, parking, restrooms, two picnic areas, horseshoe pits and a 1-1/2-mile hiking trail. Campsites at the park can accommodate self-contained recreational vehicles. The park has a size of about 160 acres.

Oregon Trail Interpretive Park The park features a half-mile paved walking trail with interpretive signs and benches. The trail allows visitors to follow the footsteps of pioneers. Unpaved trails over historic areas area also are available. Restrooms, picnic areas and running water are available. People portraying historic characters make appearances at the park periodically. The park is open each year from late spring to late summer. For information on the park's days and hours of operation call 541-963-7186. to reach the park from La Grande travel west on lnterstate 84 for about10 miles to the Spring Creek exit. Then turn north off the exit and drive about 2-1/2 miles to the park by following signs to it.





Bird Track Interpretive Site The Bird Track Interpretive Site is located along the Grande Ronde River off Highway 244 directly across from the Bird Track Springs Campground. It is popular with birders, photographers and those wanting to view wildlife and plants during the spring, summer and fall, and with snowshoers in the winter. The recreation site has one main trail which is 1.2 miles long and five other smaller spur trails with interpretive displays which wind along the river and cottonwood trees.

westofLa Grande.The park's season is typically from October or November until late May.

Outdoor activities La Grande Drive-In

Relive the nostalgia of the drive-in at one of the only remaining drive-ins in Oregon. Since 1952, the La Grande Drive-In has entertained families with feature films. Upgraded in 2013, the theater now runs movies on a digital projection system. Patrons tune in Meacham Divide to the audio on their car radios. The driveNordic Park in is open Friday through Sunday during This is Oregon's second largest nordic area with a trail system that is more summer months, with each night including a double feature. Refreshments and than 12 miles long and is comprised of snacks are available. For more information eight trails. The park is located 19 miles or upcoming shows, call 541-963-3866.

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Anthony Lakes

The centerpiece of Anthony Lakes is its Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort ski area, about 45 miles south of La Grande and about 21 miles southwest of North Powder. Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort opens in late fall or early winter as soon as there is enough snow for alpine skiing. It remains open for skiing through early spring. The resort's alpine ski area has a top elevation of 8,000 feet and a base elevation of 7,100 feet. It has 21 ski runs, the longest of which is The Observer â&#x20AC;˘ 3

Morgan Lake 1.5 miles. Its lifts include a triple chair and handle-tow lift. Anthony Lakes also has about 18 miles of groomed cross country ski trails, a ski lodge and a Nordic center. For information on the ski schedule of Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort call 541-856-3277 or visit its website at www.

becomes Fox Hill Road, a gravel road with a steep grade of 17 percent. For more information, visit, public-works/parks/mera.

Eagle Cap Excursion Train

The Eagle Cap Excursion Train runs on a roadless stretch of track Mount Emily from Elgin to Minam in Northeast Oregon. Recreation Area Along the way, the train passes through a Mount Emily Recreation Area, scenic landscape as it follows the Grande locally known as MERA, offers more than Ronde River downstream, then turns up 3,600 acres of forest recreation just outthe Wallowa River. Historically known as side La Grande city limits. The eastern half the Joseph Branch, the railroad is owned of MERA is dedicated to non-motorized by the governments of Wallowa and Union trails for recreationists to hike, bike and counties, with the train operated by the ride horses. Motorized use of ATVs, Jeeps Friends of the Joseph Branch. Visit www. and motorcycles is permitted above the for trip descriprim, on MERA's western half. During winter tions and the current schedule or call 800-323-7330. months, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling is a popular activity on Mount Emily. Camping is available is on the Fox Hill Trailhead, with four primitive Bicycling RV spaces and four back-in spots. To acWhether you are into mountain cess Fox Hill Road from La Grande, follow biking or roadbiking, or both, Second Street to Black Hawk Trail Lane Northeast Oregon has a challenge for and take a left. Black Hawk Trail Lane every skill level. 4 â&#x20AC;˘ 84 Ways to Discover Northeast Oregon â&#x20AC;˘ April 2015

Mountain bikers enjoy the wide open spaces on more than 350 miles of mountain bike trails, all within 100 miles of La Grande. For more information, go to Road bikers get plenty of challenges on bike-friendly roads of the Oregon Scenic Bikeways. Tours ofthe Grande Ronde and Bakervalleysbeckons asdoesthe Wallowa Mountain Loop Road. For information and mapson Eastern Oregon's scenic bikeways and cycling routes, visit eova. com.

Morel Mushroom Picking If you're looking for a way to celebrate the advent of spring, or to get your family outside, hunting for morel mushrooms might just be your ticket. Morels are an edible mushroom that have a distinct honeycomb design on top and have a steak-like meaty aroma when cooked. The season for morels in Northeast Oregon generally runs from mid-late April to mid-May. Locating morels in the forests of the Blue and Wallowa mountains may be challeng-

ing, but that's what makes looking for them resort is most famous for its hot springs. all the more fun. In the early 1900s, people flocked to the springs to soak in the mineral waters. The bed and breakfast was recently renovated Huckleberry Picking and includes special guest-only soaking Climb around anywhere in the tubs. For more information, visit www. high elevations and you'll find or call 541-963-4685. nature's tasty treat huckleberries. Huckleberry season typically starts in mid-July and runs for about a month. Find the berCoye Warm ries spread over low-lying bushes in the Springs Pool mountains, but be sure to stay on public The geothermal heated pool lands. Huckleberries are small, dark purple is located at 907 Water St. in Cove. The in color and will leave a red stain on your pool is 60 by 65 feet and has constant fingers. Be prepared to be stooped over temperature of about 86 degrees. The to find the berries, but if you're lucky you'll pool is surrounded by green hills, lots of land a patch you could pick for days. trees and is next to a rushing stream. The pool facility, which operated for many decades, has dressing rooms. The pool will openthi ssummer.The summer schedule Disc Golf The disc golf course has nine will be announced later. For information holes, also referred to as on the schedule call 541-568-4890 in the baskets. Eachhole has aconcrete tee. summer. spines, a half pipe, pyramid, banks, a vert The first tee is about 50 feet southeast of extension, hips and plenty of transitions the west edge of the Hoke Union Building. to bust. For street skaters, there are The course terrain is mostly flat and lightly Hunting four sizes of grinding ledges: one over a wooded and runs throughout much of the Eastern Oregon has a large double set of 10 stairs, one over a quarter Eastern Oregon University campus. The variety of game animals rang- pipe, one along a fun box and a small courseisclose to a decade old andhas a ing from elk, deer, goat, sheep andbirds. one over a four stair. There are also two length of about 2,500 feet. It is open year You can go hunting with a guide, or out on slanted grinding ledges. Five square metal round. your own with a couple buddies, bag your handrails differ in size and steepness — a animal and enjoy the meat for months aflow, steep fun box, a medium size rail terwards. Check out http://www.dfw.state. down a four stair and a fairly large handrail for hunting reports and regulations. down one of the ramps. There are also Hot Lake Springs The Hot Lake Springs comthree different sizes of flat rails and three plex, located on Highway 203, grinding boxes. includes a history center, an artist marFishing ketplace, mineral springs and a bed and There's nothing more relaxing breakfast. Its history center includes milithan heading out to a lake with Horseback Riding tary and Native American artifacts, but the a reel. Eastern Oregon has a wide variety Union County features many of opportunities to bring home steelhead, horseback riding trails, includtrout and other types of fish to put on ing the Mount Emily Recreation Area, your plate. Check out http://www.dfw. Moss Springs and Catherine Creek.¹fishing for fishing Mount Emily has miles of non-motorized, reports and regulations. equestrian friendly trails with great views of the Grande Ronde Valley. To get there from Mt. Glen Road, head west on Igo Pioneer SK8 Park Lane. For more information and a trail Located in Pioneer Park and map: visit sitting in view of Mount Emily, mera. Pioneer SK8 Park is extremely diverse Moss Springs Trailhead allows riders to with something for everyone, whether descend into the Minam River country you're a ramp or a street skater. Included or ride along ridges above the Grande in the 15,000 square feet park are two Ronde Valley. Getting there take Oregon The Observer • 5

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Highway 237 to Cove, then Mill Creek to Forest Road 6220, travel eight miles to the trailhead. North Fork Catherine Creek Trailhead has the scenic beauty of a creek running among large spruce and fir trees. The popular trailhead also provides access into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. To get there, from Union travel 11 miles on Oregon Highway 203, turn left on Catherine Creek Road (FR 7785), travel six miles to trailhead. For more information and permits visit the Forest Service website, www.http://www.

La Grande Country Club La Grande Country Club was established in 1924 and opened at its present location in 1928. For 80 years this highly regarded nine-hole layout has been

a true test for the best of the best and enjoyable for the beginner. The tree lined fairways, elevated postage stamp greens, and a total yardage of 6,500 yards provide a wonderful place for any caliber of player to pursue their passion. Nestled in the Grande Ronde valley of Northeast Oregon with views of the Blue and Eagle Cap mountains La Grande Country Club is truly a golfing value. For more information or to make a tee-time, call 541-963-4241.

Buffalo Peak views of the Grande Ronde Valley and surrounding Wallowa and Blue Mountain ranges, ponds and fountains. For more information or to make a teetime, call 541-562-5527.

Buffalo Peak The William Phillips designed Buffalo Peak Golf Course is an 18-hole layout owned and managed byUnion County.Buff alo Peak is located on the edge of the small Eastern Oregon community of Union, just16 miles southeast of La Grande. Highlights of the course include a dramatic landscape with The Observer â&#x20AC;˘ 7

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Riyerside Greens Mini Golf Play miniature golf on a fun, professionally designed course. Located next to Riverside Park in La Grande, the course is open from 10 a.m. to sunset Fridays to Sundays in May and September and10 a.m. to sunset Thursdays to Sundays from June to August. Call 541-963-7361 for hours and to make party arrangements.

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For a variety of family-friendly activities, visit the Maridell Center, located at 1124 Washington Ave. in downtown La Grande. Featuring dancing, roller skating, mini golf, laser tag and a game room, kids and adults alike will find plenty to do. The center also offers pirate-themed laser tag and Wild West Spout Springs Mini Golf. For more information and hours Spout Springs Ski Area is a of operation, visit family-owned and operated faor call 541-963-2023. cility that is located in the Umatilla National Forest in the heart of the Blue Mountains in Northeastern Oregon. The resort is loUnion County catedalong Highway 204 between Weston Museum and Elgin. The UnionCounty Museum, The ski area offers opportunities for the located in Union at 333 South Main St., beginning skier as well as the advanced features one of the best collection of hisandboasts two lifts serving 250 skiable toric artifacts in this region. The museum's acres. features include its Agriculture, Timber For more information, call 541-566-0320 or and Transportation Building. The building email

includes a model of the Hat Point lookout tower setting above a model of the Snake River on the rim of Hells Canyon. The museumalsoincludesa Cowboys, Then and Now Exhibit. It shows how domestic cattle made their way to the United States andbecame an icon of the American west. The museum also features countless local historic photos and memorabilia items.

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Elgin Opera House The Elgin Opera House is a historic gem built in 1912 that hosts frequent shows put on by the Friends of the Opera House, community events and movies. The intimate setting and excellent acoustics, along with box seats, orchestra pit and rococo decor, make for quality theatrical experiences. The colonial style brick building with a dressed stone foundation is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Find the Elgin Opera House at104 N. Eighth Ave.

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Eastern Oregon Fire Museum The museumishoused in La Grande's historic fire station, which was used from 1899 to 2002. Climb on vintage and antique fire trucks, some beautifully restored to their original condition. Find the museum at102 Elm St. Call the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 541-963-8588 to make an appointment for a tour. eltic Festival The Observer â&#x20AC;˘ 11

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bike ride, fun run/walk, hot air balloon lifts, sourdough pancake breakfast, lumberjack competition and, of course, live music throughout the day. And it wouldn't be the Cherry Fair without the homemade dinners with all the fixin's featuring their famous barbecue chicken rubbed in Cove's special cherry sauce.

Hog Wild Days If you're itching to go hog wild during your visit to Northeast Oregon, plan to attend Hog Wild Days in Island City. The annual event this year is slated June 6-7. Food, craft, and game vendors translates into plenty of fun for everyone. A barbecuefeedtakesplace on June 6,whilea firemen breakfast and parade unfold on June 7.


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For crazy deals and sidewalk sales, go no further than downtown La Grande for Crazy Days July 17-18. The annual event encourages local vendors to get out on the main drag to go crazy with residents and visitors. The street festival is also home to the Grande Ronde-A-View Car Show. Hosted by the Union County Timber Cruisers Car Club, the show features a variety of classic cars. This year's event will also feature sculptures by automotive artist Dennis Hoyt.


&g Wild Days slated Aug. 21-22 at the Union County Fairground. The eighth annual celebration of Celtic culture will feature musical entertainment, dance, demonstrations of Celtic physical prowess and food. For more information, call 541-975-3952.

Eastern Oregon Film Festivat The La Grande-based event is dedicated to creating a cinematic experience in Eastern Oregon that promotes discovery, entertainment, and education through artistic exhibition and viewership. Through the mediums of independent film

and music, the festival aims to enrich and expand the cultural experience in Northeast Oregon. Film and music schedules for the 6th annual event will be released at a later date along with prices. Keep up to date at

Cove Cherry Fair and Arts Festival Come join the family fun for all ages at Cove's annual Cherry Fair 8 Arts Festival. This year's festival is scheduled for Aug. 15 in downtown Cove. Just a few of the many activities in the works for this year's event are the main street parade,

Union County Fair Launched with a parade, the fair features typical county fair classics like class exhibits for arts and crafts, livestock show and live nighttime entertainment. The fair is scheduled for July 29 through Aug. 1. The fairgrounds are located off of N. Second Street.

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take time to view the many fine 4-H and FFA projects that will be on display at the grounds. These exhibits represent many months of hard work and dedication by the youth and their leaders of not just Eastern Oregon, but from all over Oregon. This year, the PRCA-sanctioned rodeo will run June 12-14. Tickets are $9 for students and $16 for general admission. There is a special Sunday only package, two adult tickets and two children's tickets for $30. Children 5-years-old and under get in for free. For more information call 541- 5625631.

tokens, early entry into the fairgrounds, a meet-and-greet with select brewers, VIP lines at tasting stations and a festival T-shirt. General admission is available to non-drinkers and after party attendees for $5. Passes are limited and available online only. The festival will run until 10 p.m. Friday and until 8 p.m. Saturday at the Union County Fairgrounds, with live music entertaining patrons in the evening. For information and to purchase tickets, visit

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The Elgi n Stampede has been celebrating the heritage and Beer Festival La Grande Main Street tradition of the Old West for nearly 70 Downtown will play host to the years. Four days of rodeo action includes second annual Eastern Oregon Beer Fes- family night, followedby the Mark Nichols tival June 19-20. Gates will open at 5 p.m. Memorial Bull Riding, kiddie parade, Friday. On Saturday, gates open at 11 a.m. Grande Parade, dances and two exciting for VIPs, noon for general passholders. PRCA rodeo performances all kicks off The event is21and up.Tasting passes July 8. For more information on the Elgin are $25 and include admission, an official Stampede, visit souvenir EOBF tasting mug and eight tokens.VIP passes are $50 and include admission, a souvenir mug, 15 tasting C

La Grande Farmers' Market The La Grande Farmers' Market kicks off its season May 16. The market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesdaysfrom 3:30p.m. to 6 pm. at Max Square, at the corner of Adams Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown La Grande. Find fresh produce, coffee, breakfast, crafts and live music at the market. For more information, call 541-663-8100.

North Powder Huckleberry Festival This annual event held July 25th celebrates the wild huckleberry which grows in surrounding mountains. A community breakfast and all-school reunion kicks off the event from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., the parade follows at 11 a.m., craft and food vendors, entertainment, a huckleberry dessert contest and silent auction, activities and games for kids, a firemen's barbecue, the free "world's longest huckleberry sundae" at 3 p.m., mud volleyball, a 5K and10K fun run/walk, a guidedbike ride on the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway and a street dance at the local pub.



Grassroots Festival The annual event in Union is slated for Aug. 8 and will feature city-wide yard sales, a free kiddy carnival, vendors live music, a car show, duck races in Catherine Creek and lawn mower races. For more information or to register for the car show, email or call 541-786-1492.

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Started in 1993, the Elgin Riverfest is always a day of fun on the Saturday of Fathers' Day weekend in June. Riverfest kicks off with a Firemen's Breakfast in the fire hall and features something for everyone all day long, including car, quilt, art and antique tractor shows and duck races down the Grande Ronde River. For more information, call 541-786-1770. The Observer â&#x20AC;˘ 15







Wide-open spaces Eagle Cap Wilderness Access the Eagle Caps from the Lostine Canyon outside of Lostine, Hurricane Creek outside of Joseph, McCully Creek outside of Joseph or from Wallowa Lake. Trails allow horses, mules, hikers and dogs on leash. Call the Wallowa Mountains Office at 541-426-5546 or visit

Zumwalt Prairie Preserve Northeast of Enterprise, the Prairie has hiking trails from which trekkers can view native plants, birds and wildlife on a 33,000 acre preserve. Call 541-4263458or visit and look up Zumwalt Prairie Preserve.

Salt Creek Summit Offers skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter and hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in the summer with access to the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Large parking lot has a warming hut and outhouses. Call the border of Eastern Oregon, Eastern the Wallowa Mountains Office at 541-426- Washington and Western Idaho. It is part 5546. of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is North America's deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet. The canyon can be Ferguson Ridge accessedfrom Oxbow orHells Canyon Located 10 miles outside of dams. Rafting, jet boating, fishing and Joseph this all volunteer-run camping available. Contact the Wallowa ski area is family-friendly with affordable County Chamber of Commerce at www. ticket prices, a T-bar and rope tow. It has a rental shop and a lodge with snack bar. Open weekends and holidays, snow permitting, from Christmas to early April. Rafting Visit Self-guided tours available on the Wallowa, Grande Ronde and Snake Rivers. Put in for the Hells Canyon Wallowa/Grande Ronde in Minam, the Hells Canyon is a 10-mile GrandeRonde in TroyorBoggan'sOasis wide canyon located along in Washington. Contact Wallowa County 1-


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Matterhorn The highest peak in the Wallowas can be accessed from trails leading out of Wallowa Lake. Contact the Wallowa Mountains Office at 541-4265546 for more information.

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Whiskey Creek, Jim Town and Hurricane Creek Roads for backcountry bike riding. The Wall owa Mountain Loop Road can be accessedfrom the Imnaha Highway and cyclists can travel all the way to Halfway in Baker County. For forest road and trail information call the Wallowa Mountains Office at541-426-5546.

Outdoor activities Horseback Riding The Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa Ranger District and The Wall owa Lake County Hells Canyon National RecreationArea Park is located at the north end allow horseback riding. Call the Wallowa of the lake outside of Joseph. Offers boat Mountains Office at 541-426-5546. To rent access and trailer parking, a swimming horses or for guided tours call 541-432beach and fire rings. Day use only. 4145. Wallowa Lake State Park is on the south end of the lake offering camping, a swimming area, picnicking and a variety Hiking in of natural history talks and hikes. Call the Wallowas 541-432-8855. The Wallowa Lake Marina Contact the Wallowa Mountain has a boat launch and trailer parking, boat Office for maps. Call 541-426-5546 or visit and slip rentals. Call 541-432-9115 or visit the office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 201, E. Second St., Joseph.

Service provide days of riding in northern Wallowa County. Contact the Wallowa Mountains Office at 541-426-5546.

Snowmobiling Trails are available at Salt Creek Summit northeast of Joseph. Contact the Wallowa Mountains Office at 541-426-5546 for more information.

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Wallowa Lake Tramway Open Daily May 31 through Sept. 28. Tram runs from Wallowa Lake to the top of Mountain Howard affording 360-degree view of the Wallowa Mountains. Visit for more information and rates.

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Historic Barn Tour Take a driving tour to view and photograph historic barns and operating ranches of the Wallowa River Valley against the backdrop of the spectacular Wallowa Mountains. Contact the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce for questions. Tour guide/maps available at the Second Joseph Harvest Bookstore or The Bookloft in Enterprise.

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Alpine Meadows Golf Course The 9-hole course, located in Enterprise, is a public golf course that opened in 1926. The course lies in a verdant valley between gentle hills of wild native grass, and a scattering of basalt and firs. Add to that a panoramic view of the Wallowa Mountains, reaching to heights of 9,000 feet, makes the Alpine Meadows setting ideal for the game. With several of its fairways bordering a meandering Trout Creek the challenge to make par of 72 for 18 holes becomes even greater. For more information, call 541-426-3246 or visit the course website at

Just south of Joseph at the ase of Lake Wallowa is a small graverd maintained by the National Park Se ice. Itis here that Old Chief Joseph of the N Perce Indians is buried. Old Chief Joseph, the father of young Chief Joseph, was one of the Nez Perce leaders in the events o 1877, when under the threat of being evicted by the U.S. Army, Young Joseph left the Wallowas in the spring of 1877 for the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho. When Old Chief Joseph died, he was buried further down the valley but his gravh was desecrated. Several years later, several prominent community leaders lobbied for Old Chief Joseph to be reburied. In 1926, that happened. While the Nez Perce have been gone for over a century, the grave is a tangible link to a place that is still special to the Nez Perce.

Fourth of July Parade Spend an old fashioned Fourth of 'July in Wallowa. The annual parade bpgins at11 a.m. and is followedby a bPrbecue at Wallowa Fire Hall. For more irlformation, call 541-886-2422.

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Wallowa County Museum The museum, located at 110 S. Main Street in Joseph, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend to the third weekend of Sep-

Held during the Fourth of July weekend, the flea market features vendors offering new and used goodsand food.Live bands,Southfork Grange breakfasts and the Lostine River Run round out the weekend. For more information, call Lostine City Hall at 541426-4196.

Alpenfest Oregon s Alpenfest is a fun-filled four-day celebration of Swiss and Bavarian culture, cuisine and liquid refreshment the last weekend of September. Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa Lake host polka music, folk dancing, alphorn blowing and yodeling plus consumption of Joseph Trading Post bratwurst, the official sausage of Alpenfest; Alpenfest Sauerkraut, and Terminal Gravity Alpenfest Ale. For more information visit

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Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Always the last full weekend in July. Bucking horse stamped through downtown Joseph officially kicks off Tuesday at 1 p.m. Rodeos Wednesday through Saturday start at 7 p.m. For more information and event schedules, visit

Main Street Show and Shine The second Enterprise Main Street Show and Shine is Aug. 14-15. Bronze trophies cast by TW Bronze will go to the Best in Show and the People's Choice Award. For more information and event schedules, visit

Hells Canyon Mule Days Always the weekend after Labor Day at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds. A taste of the old West Mule Dayshas music,poetry,Dutchoven and camp cooking, muleshow and the Saturday morning parade on Main St. in Enterprise, cowboy church and mule sales.

The chance to experience Juniper Jam to fresh produce abounds in Enterprise's Labor Day Wallowa County with a market from 4 weekend music festival at the p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays in Enterprise on Wallowa County Fairgrounds. For more the Wallowa County Courthouse Lawn. information and event schedules, visit In Joseph, the market is scheduled from www noon to 4 p.m. and in Wallowa, the farmers market is Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Evans Park. The Observer â&#x20AC;˘ 33

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Held the last Friday in June at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise. More than 35 booths have hands-on activities to explore and learn about the people, animals, plants, rocks and our way of life. This family-friendly event provides opportunities for individuals of all ages to listen, celebrate, andlearn about Wallowa County. For more information and event schedules, visit www.wallowaresources. org.

Lee Scott Memorial Plowing Bee The Lee Scott Memorial Plowing Bee starts May 2 at 9:30 a.m. at 86186 Bird Lane, east of Joseph. Come and watch the different horse teams plow their way across the field. Saturday night is a potluck and old-time music at Liberty Grange Hall. There will be more plowing on Sunday until about noon. For more information, call 541-432-7055. The Observer â&#x20AC;˘ 35


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Wallowa County Festival of the Arts This three-day celebration, June 5-7, features local, regional and national artists working in all types of media, with over 125 artists at the Joseph Community Center in Joseph. Contact Shelley Curtiss at 541-432-9105 or Mary Edwards at 541-432-1078 for more information.

A little further down the road SAGE Center Learn a little about the food you eat. From a farm to the table, the SAGE Center is a hands-on learning education through their oneon-one exhibits. Located at101 Olson Road in Boardman, visitors can soar over Morrow County to explore some of the best farmland in the country or discover what 30,000 acres of poplar trees looks like from the air. For more information, call 541-481-7243 or visit

Pendleton Round-up The world Famous Pendleton Round-up is held the second full week in September of each year. Throughout its 100-year history, the event has grown into a week-long celebration of western heritage that includes parades, concerts, a night pageant, andmore, thrilling tens of thousands of cowboys and cowgirls.

Underground Tours The Pendleton Underground Tours' properties are in what was once the red light district of Pendleton. The buildings on the tour have been maintained, true to the original state, allowing the visitor to see the sidewalks andbasalt-rock tunnels the way they were constructed pre 1890's. This special

authenticity adds to their uniqueness, making the tours what they are today. The tour office is located in Pendleton's Historic District, on the corner of SW 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue.

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opportunity to camp and explore a popular pioneer stop over along the Oregon Trail. The park, located 27 miles northwest of La Grande, is nestled in an old-growth forest along Interstate 84, and features 18 full hookup sites and 32 tent sites with water nearby. There are also six rustic log cabins and one cabin duplex that are open year round. Reservations can be made through the Oregon State Parks.

Pendleton Woolen Mills produces fine blankets and clothing and offer free tours of its factory. Each visitor receives a headset at the start of the tour, Morrow8 which includes an inside look at the stateGrant County of-the-art spinning machines and watchOHV Park ing how the automatic looms weave the Morrow-Grant County OHV Park is 11,000 multi-colored, geometric designs. For more acres that offers trails for all-terrain information, visit vehicles, hiking, andbiking vary in difficulty levels from easy/beginner to difficult/ expert. Wildlife from large and small game to a vast variety of birds native to the area Oregon Trail are in abundance throughout the area. Interpretive The Rolling Hills Hunting Preserve offers a Center The National Historic Oregon Trail large variety of bird hunting packages. For Interpretive Center in Baker City is a more information or to make a reservation, call 541-989-8214. 23,000-square-foot interpretive center that offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multimedia presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. The interpretive center is located five miles east of Baker City on Highway 86.

Miners Jubilee Miners Jubilee is held annually on the third weekend of July in Geiser Pollman Park in Baker City. Miners Jubilee makes the heritage and history of Baker County come to life with a parade, vendors in the park, a huge food court, sidewalk sales, mining demonstrations and kids activities. Bronc riding Friday night and bull riding Saturday night, along with a carnival create a full weekend of events that draws family and class reunions to Baker City every year.


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Union County Museum 331 S. Main St., Union 541-562-6003

Cove Warm Springs Pool 907 Water St., Cove 541-568-4890

Manuel Museum 66172 Highway 203, La Grande 541-963-4685

Elgin Community Center Pool 260 N. 10th Ave., Elgin 541-437-5931

Wallowa County Museum 110 S. Main St., Joseph 541-432-6095 services/museum

Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce 403 N. Main St., Joseph 541-426-3545 309 S. River St., Enterprise 541-426-4622 Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center Joseph Chamber of Commerce 209 E. Second St.,Wallowa PO Box 1001, Joseph 541-886-3101 541-432-1015

MUSEUMS Eastern Oregon Fire Museum 102 Elm St., La Grande 541-963-8588

POOLS Veterans' Memorial Swim Pool 401 Palmer Ave., La Grande 541-962-1347 aquatics/

PARKS AND RECREATION La Grande Parks and Recreation Department 541-962-1352

REGIONAL AIRPORTS La Grande/Union County Airport 64262 Airport Lane, La Grande 541-963-6615 Enterprise Municipal Airport 807 East Greenwood St., Enterprise 541-426-4196 State Park Info Learn more about the hundreds of parks managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, including overnight and day-use parks in Northeast Oregon at U.S. Forest Service Info Find a complete list of U.S. Forest Service areas within Oregon and Washington, with links to national grasslands, recreation areas, scenic areas, volcanic monuments and national forests in Northeast Oregon

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Crow Creek Roadandgo about one mile; turn rlght on From La Grande take Inter- From Enterprlse travel south the Chesnimus Creek Road Umapine OHV go about 6-1/2 miles to Forstate 84 west for about eight on Highway 82 for about Campground est Road 4670; turn left on miles to exit 252; continue 3-1/2 miles to CowCreek From La Grande take Forest Service Road 4670 on Highway 244 for half a Road; turn left on Cow Interstate 84 west for about mile to the campground. and go north 9-1/2 miles Creek Road and goabout eight miles to exit 252; travel towards Billy Meadows; five miles to the OKGulch/ Anthony Lakes west on Highway 244 for 23 Red Bridge after Billy Meadows Guard Zumwalt-Imnaha Road; Campground miles to Forest Road 5160; Station look for Forest Road State Park turn right on the OKGulch/ From La Grande take turn left on Forest Road 46 and turn right; go about From La Grande travel on Zumwalt-Imnaha Roadand Interstate 84 east for 25 5160 and go eight miles to Interstate 84 west for for go 9-1/2 miles to the where 1.8 miles on Forest Road 46 mile to exit 285; In North campground. to campground. 9.4 miles to exit 252; follow it turns into the ZumwaltPowder follow the ski area Highway 244 west for 7.1 Buckhorn Road; continue on signs on Highway 237 for Moss Springs miles to the campground the Zumwalt-Buckhorn Road Hidden four miles to Ellis Road; turn Campground for about 23 miles to Forest Campground left on Ellis Road goabout From Cove turn right on the North Fork From Enterprlse travel south Road 780; turn right on one mile to the Anthony Union-Cove highway and Catherine Creek Forest Road 780 and go0.3 on Highway 82 to Joseph for Lake Highway; turn rlght go a half block; turn left on about 6-1/2 miles; in Joseph Campground miles to campground. and follow the Anthony Lake Hill Street and follow it to turn left on Highway 350 From Union turn left on E. Highway for 16 miles to Second Street; continue on Beakman Street and follow Cloverdale and go about eight miles to campground. Second Street which turns Wallowa Loop Road; turn the signs to continue on Campground into Mill Creek Road; follow Highway 203; from Union From Enterprlse travel south right on the Wallowa Loop Spring Creek Mill Creek Roadwhich turns travel southeast on Highway on Highway 82 to Joseph for Road; travel on this road Campground into Forest Road 6220; 203 for 11 moremiles to about 6-1/2 miles; in Joseph which eventually becomes From La Grande take follow Forest Road 6220 Catherine Creek Road; turn turn left on Highway 350 for Forest Road 39 for 30 miles; Interstate 84 west for about for about eight miles to the left on Catherine Creek about eight miles; turn rlght turn left off Forest Road 39 12-1/2 miles to exit 248; campground. Road for 4.2 miles to the on the Wa llowa Loop Road; to Forest Road 3960 andgo travel southwest on Sprlng seven miles to campground. North Fork Catherlne Creek travel on this road which Creek Road which becomes Buck CI'eek Recreation Area sign. eventually becomes Forest Forest Road 21 for1-1/2 C a m pground Road 39 for 30 miles; before Lake Fork miles to campground. From La Grande travel south Minam State Campground Imnaha River bridge turn on Highway 203 for about 25 Recreation Area From Enterprlse travel south right on Forest Road 3960 BII'd TI'ack Springs m iles ; turn left on catherine From Elgin head northeast and go four mile'4 along Im- on Highway 82 towards Campgrourjd Creek Lane; travel on Forest on Highway 82 for 15 miles. naha River to campground. Joseph for about 6-1/2 From La Grande, travel Roa d 7785 for four miles to miles; in Jcxephturn left on north on Interstate 84 for Fo r est Road 7787; on ForestC atherine Creek Highway 350 and goabout Coyo t e about eight miles td exit Roa d 7787, travel about fourState Park eight miles to the Wallowa Campground 252; travel on Highway 244 miles to Forest Road 150; Located 23 miles southFro m Enterprlse travel north Loop Road; turn rlght on the = the campground is about a for about six milqs. Wallowa Loop Roadand east of La Grande on on Highway 3 for 14 miles quarter-mile further. Oregon Highway 203/ to Forest Road 46; turn right travel on this road which Frog Heaven Forest eventually becomes Forest Medical Springs Hlghway - on Forest Road 46 andgo Campground West Eagle Meadow off Interstate 84. Features W abouU3=miles to the Crow Road 39 for 45 miles to Fromia Grande take • . Campground campgroItnd. 20 primitive sites, two group Creek Road; turn left on ~ Interstate 84west for about~From Union turn I'eft on picnic areas. Crow Creek Roadandgo 20 miles to exit 252;.head -'~, East Beakman Street and Lick Fork bout one mile; turn rlght southwest on Highway 244 continue on Highway 203 for Campground to Forest Road 21, turn 14mi les to Catherine Creek Campground continue on Forest Serv@e From Enterprlse travel south northwest and heatI six Sum m it;at the summit turn From Enterprlse travel south Road 46 for about12-1/2 on Highway 82 to Joseph for miles to campgrouncL-; lef t on Forest Road 77 and- on Highway 82 towards about 6-1/2 miles; in Joseph mi(es to the Forest Service a fol l ow it for 15 rri>l toethe s turn left on Highway 350 for Joseph for about 6-1/2 ~ 4650 road to campground. 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Springs; in Medical Sprlngs turn left on Big Creek Road and go 1-1/2 miles to Forest Road 67 and turn left; travel terstate 84 East for 25 miles From Enterprlse head Indian Crossing on Forest Road 67 for about to exit 285; in North Powder northwest of Highway 82 Campground 14 miles to Forest Road 77; follow the ski area signs on back towards Wallowa; in Wallowa look for Boundary From Enterprlse travel south turn left on Forest Road 77 Highway 237 for four miles Campground signs and turn on Highway 82 to Joseph for for 1/2 mile and then turn to Ellis Road; turn left on left on First Street and go about 6-1/2 miles; in Joseph right onto Forest Road 7755 Ellis Road and goabout 0.4 miles; turn left on North turn left on Highway 350 for to go up Eagle Creek; travel one mile to the Anthony Bear Creek Roadand go 1.2 about eight miles; turn right about1/2 mile on Forest Lake Highway; turn right on the Wa llowa Loop Road; Road 7755 to campground. and follow the Anthony Lake miles; turn left onto Forest Highway for 16 miles to the Road8250andgo sixmiles; travel on this road which turn rlght onto Forest Road eventually becomes Forest Two Pan ski area; past the Anthony Road 39 for 30 miles; before Campground Lake Ski Area for about one 040 and go 0.7 miles to Imnaha River bridge turn From Enterprlse travel mile to Forest Road 43; after campground. right on Forest Road 3960 northwest on Highway 82 to about 1/2 mile turn left to and go nine miles along Lostine; in Lostine go seven campground. Buck Creek Forest Imnaha River to the end of miles south on the Lostine Campground River Road to Forest boundMud Lake From La Grande travel south the road to campground. ary; Lostine River Road Campground on Highway 203 for about 25 Irondyke turns into Forest Road 8210; From La Grande head on miles; turn left on the Cathtravel on Forest Road 8210 Interstate 84 East for 25 erine Creek Lane; travel on Campground From Enterprlse travel west up the Lostine Canyon for 11 miles to exit 285; in North Forest Road 7785 for four on Highway 82 for 10 miles miles to campground. Powder follow the ski area miles to Forest Road 7787; signs on Highway 237 for on Forest Road 7787, travel to Lostine; in Lostine turn left at Lostine River Road and Walla Walla Forest four miles to Ellis Road; about four miles to Forest go seven miles; the Lostine Campground turn left on Ellis Road and Road 150 to campground. River Road turns into Forest From Enterprlse travel go about one mile to the Road 8210 at Forest Bound- northwest on Highway 82 to Anthony Lake Highway; turn Canyon Forest ary; continue 7-1/2 miles Lostine; in Lostine go seven right and follow the Anthony Campground on Forest Road 8210 to miles south on the Lostine Lake Highway for 16 miles From Enterprlse travel River Road to Forest boundto campground. northwest on Highway 82 to campground. ary; Lostine River Road Lostine; in Lostine go seven Shady Campground turns into Forest Road 8210; Arrow Forest miles south on the Lostine Campground River Road to Forest bound From Enterprlse travel west travel on Forest Road 8210 on Highway 82 for 10 miles up the Lostine Canyon for From Enterprise travel ary; Lostine River Road northwest on Highway 82 to turns into Forest Road 8210 to Lostine; in Lostine turn left six miles to campground. Lostine; in Lostine go seven travel on Forest Road 8210 at Lostine River Road and go seven miles; the Lostine West Eagle Meadow miles south on the Lostine up the Lostine Canyon for River Road to Forest bound- 3-1/2 miles to campground. River Road turns into Forest Campground Road 8210 at Forest Bound- From La Grande travel south ary; Lostine River Road ary; continue 10-1/2 miles on Highway 203 for about turns into Forest Road 8210; Fish Lake on Forest Road 8210 to 14miles to Union; in Union travel on Forest Road 8210 Campground turn left on East Beakman up the Lostine Canyon for From Enterprlse travel south campground. Street and continue on 10 miles to campground. on Highway 82 to Joseph for Highway 203 for 14 miles to about 6-1/2 miles; in Joseph Turkey Flat Forest Catherine Creek Summit; at Boulder Park turn left on Highway 350 and Campground From Enterprlse travel west the summit turn left on ForCampground go about eight miles to the on Highway 82 for 10 miles est Road 77 andfollow for From La Grande goabout Wallowa Loop Road; turn to Lostine; in Lostine turn left 15 miles to campground 25 miles southeast on High- right on the Wallowa Loop way 203 to Medical Sprlngs; Road and travel on this road at Lostine River Road and go seven miles; the Lostine Williamson in Medical Springs turn left which eventually becomes River Road turns into Forest Campground on Big Creek Roadandgo Forest Road 39 for 40-1/2 Road 8210 at Forest Bound- From Enterprlse travel west 1-1/2 miles to Forest Road miles to Forest Road 66; ary; continue nine miles on Highway 82 for 10 miles 67; turn left on Forest Road turn rlght on Forest Road to Lostine; in Lostine turn left 67 and go about14 miles to 66 and go about15 miles to on Forest Road 8210 to campground. at Lostine River Road and Forest Road 77; turn left on campground. go seven miles; the Lostine Forest Road 77 and go1/2 Two Color River Road turns into Formile to Forest Road 7755; Hurricane Creek Campground est Road 8210 at Forest turn rlght on FSR7755 to go Campground From La Grande goapproxiBoundary; continue four up Eagle Creek; the Camp- From Enterprlse on Main mately 25 miles southeast miles on Forest Road 8210 ground is about 3.5 miles up Street (Highway 82) turn on Highway 203 to Medical to campground. Forest Road 7755. right on Hurricane Creek

Northea stOregonCamping Ollokot Campground From Enterprlse travel south on Highway 82 to Joseph for about 6-1/2 miles; in Joseph turn left on Highway 350 and go about eight miles to the Wallowa Loop Road; turn right on the Wallowa Loop Road and travel on this road which eventually becomes Forest Road 39 for 31 miles to campground.

Saddle Creek Campground From Enterprlse travel south six miles on Highway 82 towards Joseph; in Joseph turn left on Highway 350 and go 30 miles to Imnaha, Oregon; in Imnaha travel about18 miles on Forest Road 2640 (Hat Point Road) to campground.

Twin Lakes Campground From Enterprlse travel south on Highway 82 towards Joseph for about 6-1/2 miles; in Joseph turn left on Highway 350 and goabout eight miles to the Wallowa Loop Road; turn right on the Wallowa Loop Roadand travel on this road which eventually becomes Forest Road 39 for 40 miles to Forest Road 66; turn left on Forest Road 66 and goabout 11 miles to campground.

Vigne Campground From Enterprlse travel north on Highway 3 for 14 miles to Forest Road 46; turn rlght on Forest Road 46 and go about13 miles to the Crow Creek Road; turn left on Crow Creek Road and go about one mile to Chesnimus Road; turn rlght off CrowCreek Road to Chesnimus Road and go about11.5 miles to campground.

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UNION COUNTY MAJOR EVENTS Celtic Festival 1-3 — Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway Spring Ride 5-7 — Eastern Oregon Film Festival, La Grande 10 — Eagle Cap Excursion Train: Mother's Day Brunch 15-16 — Indian Arts Festival & Powwow, La Grande 15-17 — Grande Ronde Valley Springfest and Birdathon 15-17 — Ladd Marsh Bird Festival

6-7 — Hog Wild Days, Island City 8-14 — Eastern Oregon Livestock Show/Rodeo, Union 13 — Union Flea Market 13-14 — Elgin Riverfest 19-20 — Eastern Oregon Beer Festival, La Grande 20 — Family Fun Day in the Valley of Peace, La Grande

20 — Eagle Cap Excursion Train: Elgin Stampeders Train Robbery 26-27 — KCMBBuckout, La Grande 26-28 — Sol West Fair, La Grande

1 — Eagle Cap Excursion Train: Two Rivers Bonus 8 — Union Grassroots Festival & "Remember When" Car 4 — La Grande Community Show 15 — Eagle Cap Excursion Fireworks Celebration 4 — Imbler Fourth of July Picnic Train: Two Rivers Bonus 15 — Cove Cherry Fair and Arts and Cookout 4 — Eagle Cap Excursion Train: Festival 21-22 — Celtic Festival and I Love America Ride 8-11 — Elgin Stampede Highland Games, La Grande 17-18 — Crazy Days, La 29 — Eagle Cap Excursion Grande Train: Looking Glass Fish 17-19 — Grande Ronde-a-View Hatchery Tour Ride Car Show, La Grande 18 — Eagle Cap Excursion I I 12 — Eagle Cap Excursion Train: Mystery Dinner Ride 25 — North Powder Train: Wine and Cheese Huckleberry Festival & Hot Ride 26 — Eagle Cap Excursion Rod Show-n-Shine 29-Aug. 1 — Union County Fair, Train: Train History Ride and La Grande DepotOpen House,Elgin

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3-5 — Lostine Flea Market 4 — Wallowa Old Time Fourth of July 4 — Shake the Lake Fourth of July Fireworks, Wallowa Lake 4 — Joseph Mountain Jubilee 6-12 — Summer Fishtrap, Wallowa Lake 11 — Bowlby Bash, Enterprise 17-19 — Tamkaliks Celebration Powwow, Wallowa 21-26 — Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Joseph

1 — Sunrise Iron Antiq Tractor Show, Enterprisf,1-8 — Wallowa County Fair,' @ Enterprise 7-8 — Bronze Blues and Brews, Joseph 14-15 — Main Street Show & Shine, Enterprise 15 — Wallowa County StockGrowers Ranch Rodeo, Enterprise 20-23 — Wallowa County Thunder Run, Joseph 22 — Maxville Gathering, Wallowa 22 — Wallowa Lake State Park Kokanee Festival



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