Thank you to everyone who has participated in the development of the Draft Plan!
The public comment period has now ended. OPRD heard lots of great feedback at our September 2018 round of public meetings in La Grande and Joseph. As a result of the comments received during and after the meetings, a number of edits have been made to the Draft Plan. Below are links to the revised Draft Wallowa Lake Management Unit Master Plan along with a summary of the edits.
OPRD intends to submit the revised Draft Plan to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for approval at their November 28th meeting in Corvallis. Public testimony regarding Commission agenda items is accepted (limit 3 minutes per person). More information will be posted ahead of the meeting.
As always, feel free to get in touch with us if you have questions or concerns.
OPRD has completed a Draft Plan for state parks in the Wallowa Lake Management Unit. Public meetings will be held in September 2018 to solicit feedback. Public comments may be submitted in person at the meetings, via this website, or directly to OPRD. Comments must be submitted on or before October 19th, 2018 in order to be considered.
Click below to view the Draft Plan Document (118 pages)
*Project lists and cost estimates updated 8-30-18
Development Concepts can be viewed individually by clicking on the links below:
Minam State Recreation Area
Wallowa Lake Highway Forest State Scenic Corridor
Wallowa Lake State Park
Two public meetings and an Advisory Committee meeting were held on September 6th and 7th in Hermiston and Joseph, OR. The meetings were a success, with more than a dozen members of the public in attendance and 14 Advisory Committee members.
OPRD staff heard some great feedback from those attending. Comments included:
- Need for additional consultation with Tribes
- Maintain character and overall levels of use at Minam State Recreation Area
- Support for addressing parking and unauthorized camping issues at Minam
- Maintain equestrian use at Minam
- Look into formalizing river access along the Wallowa Lake Highway Scenic Corridor
- Support for more ADA facilities
- Need to limit bear and other wildlife interactions at Wallowa Lake State Park
- Concern about potential rise in lake levels at Wallowa Lake State Park
- Need to maintain natural areas and scenic quality along the lakeshore at Wallowa Lake State Park
- Interest in event center facilities in and around Wallowa Lake State Park
… and many others!
Meeting notes and a downloadable version of the presentation slides are posted below.
OPRD will evaluate all comments received to date, including results from the online survey, as we develop a draft Master Plan document over the coming months. We anticipate holding a second round of public meetings in Spring or early Summer 2018 to present the Draft Master Plan for comment. In the meantime we will update the website periodically with news – please stay in touch!
Public Meeting Presentation Slides
9/6 – Public Meeting Notes
9/7 – Advisory Committee Notes
9/7 – Public Meeting Notes
The initial public meetings for the Wallowa Lake Management Unit Master Plan Update will be held on September 6th and 7th in Hermiston and Joseph. OPRD staff will summarize the planning process, park resource assessments, and preliminary development concepts and invite public comments. Click here for information about the times and locations. We hope to see you there!
Preliminary development and design concepts are posted below. Please keep in mind that these concepts are preliminary and are subject to change. Your feedback at this early stage of the planning process will help us to revise and improve the concepts!
Minam State Recreation Area Preliminary Development Concepts (With Design Concept Alternatives for Selected Areas)
Wallowa Lake Hwy Forest Scenic Corridor Preliminary Development Concepts
Wallowa Lake State Park Preliminary Development Concepts (With Design Concept Alternatives for Selected Areas)
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is currently updating its master plan for state parks in Wallowa County. Over the next year or so OPRD will be analyzing park needs and resources, and creating recommendations for future management and development of the parks. You can join us by participating in upcoming public meetings, filling out a short survey, or submitting comments.