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town guide: Joseph, Oregon

The following town guide to Joseph, Oregon was written during the COVID-19 pandemic. Business hours are likely to change in the future as the pandemic abates.

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town information

Joseph is a small mountain town nestled at the northern end of Wallowa Lake. It is a full-service town with a small grocery, laundromat, restaurants, and lodging. It is compact and all hiker services are easily walkable. It also has a vibrant arts community.

Joseph is named after Chief Joseph of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) people. Parts of the Blue Mountains Trail are coterminous with the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail, so it may add to your experience to explore the area’s history (see Area Attractions below).

Joseph is a popular tourist destination. Accommodations can be scarce and expensive during the summer months, through Labor Day. Enterprise, which is 6 miles down Highway 82, is also a full-service town and another option to consider visiting.

Trail Mile: 0 (Northern Terminus of the Blue Mountains Trail is 7 miles away at Wallowa Lake State Park

Elevation: 4,150 feet

Population: 1,054

Getting there from the trail: The Wallowa Lake Trailhead, the northern terminus of the Blue Mountains Trail, is approximately 7 miles from Joseph via OR-351.

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town amenities

Post Office

Address and Phone Number: 101 N Main Street, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-3231

Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday (closed Saturday and Sunday)

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Groceries

Market Place Fresh Foods

Market Place Fresh Foods is a full-service grocery. Website: http://www.marketplacefreshfoods.com

Address and Phone Number: 208 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-577-9090

Hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm 7 days a week

Cafes and Restaurants

Joseph has a number of cafe and restaurant options.  Below are a few options:

 

Old Town Cafe   

Old Town Cafe is a breakfast and lunch cafe with house-baked sticky buns and cinnamon rolls. Website: http://oldtowncafejoseph.com/

Address and Phone Number: 8 S Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-9898 

Hours: 7:30 am – 2:00 pm Thursday – Tuesday (closed Wednesday) 


 

The Gold Room

The Gold Room serves salads, wood-fired pizza, cocktails, beer, and wine using local ingredients. Website: https://goldroompizza.com/

Address and Phone Number: 100 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-2100

Hours: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thursday – Sunday (closed Monday – Wednesday) 


 

Embers Brewhouse

Embers serves burgers, pizza, and other pub grub. It has a large outdoor eating area and WiFi.

Address and Phone Number: 204 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-2739

Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm 7 days a week

 

La Laguna Mexican Restaurant 

La Laguna serves lunch and dinner, including appetizers, tostadas, enchiladas, vegetarian, burritos, cocktails, and more. They also sell their own house-made hot sauce and smoky oil sauce. Website: http://lalagunamexican.com/

Address and Phone Number: 507 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-0380

Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm 7 days a week

Lodging

Joseph offers a number of lodging opportunities including motels, cabins, and bed and breakfasts. The following is a partial list of lodging options:

 

Indian Lodge Motel

The Indian Lodge Motel was built by Academy Award-winning actor Walter Brennan. The motel has 16 units and is centrally located. Rooms have WiFi, cable TV, air conditioning, and refrigerators. Reservations by phone only. Website: http://www.indianlodgemotel.com/

Address and Phone Number: 201 S Main St, Joseph, OR 97846 541-432-2651

Rates: $80+/night

 

Kokanee Inn

The Kokanee Inn is a modern bed and breakfast with a variety of room options. A full breakfast is included. Website: https://www.kokaneeinn.com/

Address and Phone Number: 700 S Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-9765

Rates:  $140+/night

 

Eagle Cap Chalets

The Eagle Cap Chalets offer a variety of cabins, chalets, and condos. They are located near the Wallowa Lake Trailhead (the northern terminus of the Blue Mountains Trail). There is a swimming pool, hot tub, and WiFi. Kitchenettes are available in some units. The Eagle Cap Chalets are a bike-friendly establishment. Website: http://www.eaglecapchalets.com/

Address and Phone Number: 59879 Wallowa Lake Hwy, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-4704

Rates:  $108+/night

Camping

 

Wallowa Lake State Park

The campground has restrooms and hot showers available. There is a camp store at the marina. Website: https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=20

Address and Phone Number: Powerhouse Road (north end of Wallowa Lake)  800-551-6949 (information)  800-452-5687 (reservations)  

Rates: $20/Tent Site  $35/Full Hook Up. There is a hiker/biker camping center.

Outfitter

 

The Sports Corral

The Sports Corral has a nice selection of outdoor gear, including fuel canisters, dehydrated meals, Platypus water bladders, MSR water filters, canister stoves, Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite, Therm-a-Rest valve repair kit, tent stakes, tent seam sealer, Shoe Goo, backpack buckles, dry bags, trekking poles, trail runners, socks, Superfeet insoles, Yaktrax, gaiters, Frogg Toggs, and more. Website: https://sportscorral.com/

Address and Phone Number: 401 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-4363 

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday – Saturday (closed Sunday)

Laundry

Joseph Laundromat

Website: https://www.facebook.com/josephlaundromat/

Address and Phone Number: 204 S Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-398-8302

Hours: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm 7 days a week

Showers

Showers are available at the Wallowa Lake State Park Campground.

ATM

Community Bank

Address: 609 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846

Library

Joseph City Library

Website: https://www.josephoregon.org/index.php/city-services/library

Address and Phone Number: 201 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-0141

Hours: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday)

Fuel Canisters

Isobutane fuel canisters are available from The Sports Corral and Joseph Hardware.

Medical Services

Wallowa Memorial Medical Clinic

Website: http://www.wallowamemorialmedicalclinics.org/

Address and Phone Number: 800 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-426-7900

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday

Winding Waters Community Health Center

Website: https://windingwaters.org/

Address and Phone Number: 401 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-426-4502
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday

U.S. Forest Service Offices​

Eagle Cap Ranger District

Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman/

Address and Phone Number: 201 E 2nd St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-426-5546

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday

Cell Service
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Public Transit and Shuttles

Northeast Oregon Public Transportation

Northeast Oregon Public Transportation provides connections between La Grande and Joseph on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for $5 (one way). A summer shuttle provides service between Joseph and the Wallowa Lake Trailhead (the northern terminus of the Blue Mountains Trail) Monday thru Saturday. The summer shuttle stops at many of the hotels and the visitors center. Be sure to check with Northeast Oregon Public Transportation for the current schedule. Website: https://ccno.org/publictransit/

Address and Phone Number: 702 NW 1st St, Enterprise, OR 97828  541-426-3840

Minam Store Shuttle Service

The Minam Store provides vehicle shuttle services to trailheads in the area. For instance, hikers could have their car picked up at the Wallowa Lake Trailhead (the northern terminus) and left in Troy. Rates vary depending on the distance. Be sure to call ahead to confirm their availability and make a reservation. Website: https://www.minamstore.com/shuttle

Address and Phone Number: 72601 OR-82, Wallowa, OR 97885  541-437-1111

Other Services

Joseph Hardware

Joseph Hardware has a small camping section and sells isobutane fuel canisters. Website: https://joseph.doitbest.com/

Address and Phone Number: 101 S Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-2271

Hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Saturday and 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday

Area Attractions​

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture

The Josephy Library has permanent art and exhibits about the Nimíipuu people as well as a comprehensive library. Website: https://josephy.org/

Address and Phone Number: 403 N Main St, Joseph, OR 97846  541-432-0505

Old Chief Joseph Gravesite

1.5 miles south of Joseph on Oregon State Highway 351/Wallowa Lake Highway. Website: https://www.nps.gov/nepe/planyourvisit/visit-old-chief-joseph-gravesite.htm

Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site

Adjacent to Old Chief Joseph Gravesite, this interpretive trail provides more information about Old Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. Website: https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=190

Joseph Oregon Bronze Art Walk 

A self-guided tour of Joseph’s bronze art scene. Website: https://josephoregon.com/joseph-or-events/artwalk

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