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Grande Ronde River Info


The Grande Ronde River, born high in the Wallowa Mountains in the Northeast corner of Oregon, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Nestled amidst snow-capped peaks and broad mountain valleys, this unexplored region offers a captivating mountain landscape that’s sure to leave you in awe.


The nearest city, La Grande, serves as the gateway to Hells Canyon country, inviting you to embark on an unforgettable journey. As you traverse the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, you’ll encounter charming historic towns like Enterprise and Joseph, each offering its own unique allure. Prepare to be enchanted as you explore every corner of this majestic area!



The surrounding area is brimming with adventures waiting to be discovered, from the rugged landscapes of the Hells Canyon Recreation Area to the pristine wilderness of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and the alpine-like Eagle Cap Wilderness.

  • Wallowa-Whitman National Forest: Explore scenic trails and alpine meadows in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
  • Hells Canyon Recreation Area: Experience jet boat rides and hiking trails in America’s deepest gorge.
  • Eagle Cap Train Rides: Sit back and enjoy stunning country views aboard the Eagle Cap Train Rides, or pedal through history on a specialized bike cart tour.
  • Wallowa Lake Tramway: Soar above the picturesque Wallowa Lake for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Beamers Hells Canyon Tours: Embark on a thrilling jet boat ride upriver to explore the depths of Hells Canyon, with Beamers Hells Canyon Tours as a recommended option.


For our 3-day trips, which meet in Minam, OR, the nearest city with hotels is La Grande, OR. The surrounding towns also offer a variety of accommodations to suit your travel plans. Whether you prefer a cozy hotel room or a rustic retreat, you’ll find options to fit your needs.

Accommodations Near Minam:

  • Wallowa County: Explore lodging options in Wallowa County, offering a range of accommodations from quaint bed and breakfasts to charming guesthouses.
  • Union County: Discover Union County’s lodging options, including hotels, motels, and vacation rentals, providing comfortable stays for visitors to the area.
  • Minam State Park: Experience camping just 2 miles from our meeting location at Minam State Park, offering scenic campsites and convenient access to outdoor adventures.


For our 5-day trips, we meet at the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel in Lewiston, ID which offers a range of lodging options for pre and post-trip stays.

Accommodations in Lewiston, ID:

  • Hells Canyon Grand Hotel: Stay in style at the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel, offering comfortable accommodations and modern amenities in the heart of Lewiston.
  • Lewiston, ID: Explore lodging options in Lewiston, ID, from riverside hotels to charming bed and breakfasts, providing convenient stays for your Grande Ronde River adventure.


Indulge in the rich farm-to-table food ethic of this ranching county, where smaller towns surprise you with a delightful variety of delicious dining options.

Local Eateries:

  • Terminal Gravity Brewing: Savor craft brews and hearty pub fare at Terminal Gravity Brewing, a local favorite known for its welcoming atmosphere and scenic views.
  • Embers Brew House: Experience the cozy ambiance and eclectic menu of Embers Brew House, offering delicious dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients and innovative flavors.

Dining in Lewiston, ID:

Lewiston, a major city in Idaho, boasts a diverse culinary scene where you can find just about every type of food you’re looking for. Here are a few recommended places to dine:

  • Meriwether’s Bistro: Indulge in elevated American cuisine at Meriwether’s Bistro, where seasonal ingredients shine in dishes inspired by Pacific Northwest flavors.
  • Thai Taste Restaurant: Delight your taste buds with authentic Thai cuisine at Thai Taste Restaurant, offering a menu of traditional dishes bursting with flavor and spice.
  • Tapped Taphouse & Kitchen: Enjoy a vibrant dining experience at Tapped Taphouse & Kitchen, featuring an extensive selection of craft beers on tap and a diverse menu of gourmet pub fare.

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