Activities

The Minam River

Guests of the Lodge can walk out their door into a recreational paradise.

The 361,446-acre Eagle Cap Wilderness, established in 1940 and part of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, is filled with approximately 535 miles of scenic trails for hiking and horseback riding.

The area, once home to the ancestors of the Nez Perce Indian tribe, dazzles with open meadows, granite peaks and more than 50 high mountain lakes, including Legore Lake, the highest in Oregon at 8,950 feet.

Abundant wildlife in the area includes Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black bears, cougars, deer and Rocky Mountain elk. Bird watchers can see peregrine falcons, bald eagles, golden eagles and Ferruginous hawks.

The 42-mile-long Minam River, which is designated as wild and is located entirely within the Eagle Cap wilderness, offers fishing that has been described in guide books as the experience of a lifetime. Wild rainbow, brown and bull trout populate its crystal-clear waters. From its origin at Blue and Minam Lake, the river flows past the Lodge through majestic basalt canyons to join the Wallowa River near the community of Minam. Read more about fishing the Minam.

Please contact us for more information about wilderness activities or referrals to independent guides for riding trips.

A complete list of outfitters also can be found on the U.S. Forest Service website for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

We also can help you arrange raft and drift boat trips through magnificent Hells Canyon, America’s deepest river gorge. We recommend George and Lynette Hauptman at Canyon Outfitters. Spence Air can pick you up right at the Lodge and deliver you to Halfway for your adventure! Ask us for details.

Top photograph by Ted Battesh