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Chief Joseph Days
In July we have a celebration called Chief Joseph Days. There are four days of rodeo, carnival and crafts, with a parade and Native Americans perform dances. This is held in Joseph, just a short drive away.

In Joseph and Wallowa Lake:

  • Bronze Foundries
  • Art Galleries and Museums
  • Wallowa Lake Tramway
  • Horse Back Riding

In Imnaha
  • The Nee-Me-Poo Trail
  • Hat Point Lookout
  • Doug Bar - Boat Ramp
  • Buck Horn Spring Lookout

Hunting and Wildlife at Imnaha
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Rafting and Kayaking

Rafting and Kayaking can be done on the Imnaha River throughout the year, but the best times for the whole family to float is late Spring through August. In early spring the river has a good flow for the expert rowers. The Snake River has many boating opportunities as well from jet boating to whitewater rafting.

Mountain Biking

Ride the trails and roads to the Hell Canyon Wilderness area where there are miles of trails and closed roads to enjoy and have a picnic lunch along the way.

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Explore miles of groomed, cross-country trails. Head for Salt Creek Summit Recreation Site or The Ferguson Ridge Ski Area, it consists of a T-Bar, rope tow and warming lodge.


"Innkeeper Nick Vidan and his
1200 pound, 7 point Bull Elk."

In September Bow Hunting begins for Black Bear, Mule Deer and Elk (over the counter tags for residents and non-residents). October is the rifle season for Mule Deer. It runs for about 9 days, with big bucks being taken every year (tags by draw for residents and non-residents). Elk hunting starts in late October/early November, with some Mega Bulls being taken. Fall Black Bear season starts in August and goes to November. There are a lot of bear! Upland game birds start in August with Grouse, Ruffs and Blues. In October you have Chuker, Huns and Quail. Springtime is Turkey time and turkey hunting gets better every year.

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Good Deer Hunting is still available for the hunter who is willing to spend time looking. Hunting starts in August with Archery Hunting with two of the best units with over the counter tags. Elk Hunting is draw only, with three of the top unit producers just out our front door.

Big Bears are found in these parts, with two Hunting Seasons, the first hunt in April and a General Season starting in August. Here is a 375 lb. beauty harvested in September.

Seen right, predators are lurking in all corners of this county. Mountain Lions, Coyotes and others. Open year round.

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Fishing on the Imnaha River can be outrageous! Fall and winter we get runs of Steelhead (allowed to catch 2 a day - hatchery only) and Dollyvardens (Bull Trout average 20 to 30 inches) on a catch and release basis only. Starting in April, with the peak in June and July, is Trout season with some Rainbows hitting the 20-inch mark, the average between 14 and 16 inches. Bass, Steelhead, Sturgeon and Cat fishing can be done on the Snake River, about 1 hour down the Imnaha River from the Inn.

Fishing at Imnaha River
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Salmon Season is in the month of June & July, with great numbers coming back each year. This fish was caught in front of the Inn.

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Fishing for Steelhead right outside the front door with one of the best kept secrets around, Steelhead returning in record numbers every year. Season runs October to April. Best early October and Feb, March and April. read about it in Northwest Fly Fishing magazine Sept./Oct. 2010 issue.

Fishing at Imnaha River
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Trails for Hiking and Horseback Riding

Cow Creek Trail, Imnaha River Trail, Nee-Mee-Poo National Historic Trail, the Saddle Creek Trail, the Snake River Trail and many more are at your fingertips.

Hiking at Imnaha
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"Beauty everywhere - the river, the valley, the mountains! I'll have to come back for the steelhead in April!"

- John Kratzmtir, Canada

  Imnaha River Inn Bed and Breakfast
73946 Rimrock Rd Imnaha, OR 97842
Tel: (541) 577-6002
Toll-free: (866) 601-9214

Your Hosts: Nick and Sandy Vidan