Union County

Union County General Services:
1106 K Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850
541-963-1079 FAX

Nestled at the feet of the Blue Mountains

Welcome to Beautiful Union County, Oregon! Snow-capped mountains, vast forests, churning rivers, rocky cliffs, sage-covered hills, fertile farmlands, and friendly towns: Union County has them all!

Early emigrants following the Oregon Trail passed through our picturesque valley and rested at the present-day site of La Grande before climbing the Blue Mountains towards their dream-lands in the Willamette Valley.

Nestled at the feet of the Blue Mountains on the edge of the fertile Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande is a pretty town with lots to offer travelers. With a population of just over 12,000, the community is friendly, casual, and has its own brand of

sophistication, due in large part to the presence of Eastern Oregon University. The surrounding national forests, lakes, and rivers provide some of the best biking, hiking, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, and sightseeing opportunities in the state.

All of northeast Oregon’s most popular visitor attractions are within easy reach of La Grande and Union County’s smaller communities. The historic Elgin Opera House, the beautiful Oregon Trail Interpretive Park at Blue Mountain Crossing, and the Union County Museum with its wonderful Cowboys Then & Now exhibit are just minutes away from your hotel room. The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Wallowa Lake State Park, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, and the Wild Horse Resort and Casino are each less than 90 minutes from La Grande.

A wide variety of visitor services are available in the city, including facilities for conferences and group tours. La Grande has shopping venues for all tastes, from unusual boutiques, to antique shops, to national discount chains. The attractive downtown and the University provide a level of entertainment and culture not usually seen in communities of this size.

County Parks

The County Parks Department has one part-time seasonal employee. There are three parks that the county has helped develop and is responsible for maintaining. Funding for the parks is provided by Oregon State Parks and the Oregon State Marine Board.

Pilcher Creek Reservoir is approximately 12 miles west of the City of North Powder. The park offers 12 camping sites, restrooms and a boat ramp. Pilcher Creek has fishing, bird watching, and during the winter an elk feeding station.

Wolf Creek Reservoir is approximately 8 miles west of the City of North Powder. A boat ramp, boarding float, restrooms and picnic areas are available for use. Wolf Creek activities include fishing, water-skiing, and jet skiing.

Thief Valley Reservoir is approximately 15 miles southeast of the City of Union. There are 12 camping sites, restrooms and a boat launching ramp. The reservoir is known for its fishing and wind surfing activities.