Recreation in Union County

Recreation in Union County

Northeast Oregon is a recreational wonderland, no matter what season it is. Whether it’s skiing or snowmobiling in the winter or fishing and hiking in the spring, summer and fall, recreational opportunities abound.


SPRING ushers in a new recreation season every year, and re-creationists begin venturing into the mountains again to begin taking up their favorites activities. Spring is also the time of year special events like the Ladd Marsh Birdathon take place.

Summer fun

Recreation in Union CountyRecreation in Union County during the Summer you can enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping, golf, swimming and fishing in Eastern Oregon. The possibilities are endless, whether venturing into the Blue or Wallowa Mountains or staying close to town to enjoy a round of golf or a dip in La Grande’s Veterans Memorial Pool or Cove’s warm springs pool. The region is perfect for a bike ride — on the road or on trails.  Many locals enjoy a bike ride through the Grande Ronde Valley.  If your a motor cycle rider, the back country offers some great riding opportunities.

From La Grande, you can make the turn to Wallowa County, traveling over Cricket Flat, down through the Minam Grade to where the Minam and Wallowa Rivers meet.  Not to far down river is the State Camp Ground.  The park offers several camping spots and it’s a great area to begin your Steelhead fishing.  Many fisherman cross the river and walk down stream for some of their favorite fishing holes.  Mount Emily Recreation Area offers 3,700 acres of opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, off-road driving and horseback riding just minutes from La Grande.

Fall fun

FALL in Union County is a beautiful time of year in Northeast Oregon.  With its pleasant weather in September and early October, you can find many out activities.   Many of Union County citizens find themselves busy with their home projects getting ready for the winter season.

Recreation in Union County during the winter doesn’t skip a beat, either. Northeast Oregon is a mecca for snowmobile riding. If skiing or snowboarding are your passions, the region offers Anthony Lakes Ski Area in the Elkhorn’s and Spout Springs in the Blues. Cross country skiers can choose to make their own trails in the mountains or enjoy the groomed trails at Blue Mountain Crossing west of La Grande or the Nordic areas at Anthony Lakes or Spout Springs.

Whatever recreation is your passion, you’ll find ample opportunities in Northeast Oregon.

 Anthony Lakes Ski Resort

Anthony Lakes is a region Ski Resort.  The Resort was established by citizens of Baker County in the early 1920′s.  It has changed over the years and is now owned by Baker County.  Anthony Lakes has a community board of directors and staff.  The facility is very popular during both the winter season and the summer season with the growth of mountain biking.   During the ski season, there are concerts on Saturdays that can be a lot of fun.  Local musicians bring there talents and there’s lots of dancing with people having a great time.  More about Anthony Lakes…