Top Outdoor Activities for Summer
After a long winter and a wet spring, the weather that we all love to enjoy has finally arrived. With the hot summer days and beautiful sunshine comes one of our favorite seasons to enjoy outdoor activities.
Check out our list of fun things to enjoy during this season.
While there are many avid anglers who are willing to fish in any weather, for a majority of the population, jumping into a boat and heading out on the river in freezing temperatures doesn’t make the top of our bucket lists. However, when summer hits, being out on the water is an absolutely glorious experience.
The lakes and rivers around Walla Walla play home to a wide variety of fresh water fish including trout, walleye, small-mouth bass, large-mouth bass, crappie, perch and more. Any one of these can make a delicious meal and they’re also great for showing kids the joy of feeling that tug on the line.
Long, warm summer days followed by crisp evenings and the smells of a campfire are what summer dreams are made of. Whether you like to keep it high tech with an RV or camp trailer or truly rough it with tent camping there are lots of wonderful places in the area to enjoy a weekend camping getaway.
You may even find a KOA campground or two that offers cabins for rent if even a trailer seems too much like roughing it. With a luxury camping trip like that you can enjoy all the amenities of home but with the beauty of the outdoors.
Many of the mountain trails in the Blue Mountain region close during the cold winter months and wet springs, however they’re perfect to enjoy in the summer. There are plenty of trails that make a perfect day trip, taking only a few hours to hike. These types of routes are great for inexperienced hikers or families who are just looking to get their kids out into nature.
If you love the outdoors, trying making a complete backpacking loop out of a few of the trails put together. Just be sure to pack everything that you’ll need to truly enjoy your trip.
Paddleboarding and Kayaking
Just as with fishing, paddleboarding and kayaking don’t make it high on the list of winter sports to enjoy. However, once the warm weather hits, the rivers and lakes are sure to be bustling. You can go south into Oregon to enjoy Jubilee Lake or venture to Fishhook Park or Lyons Ferry State Park to enjoy the Snake River.
If you’re looking for a little more adrenaline, then rafting might be just what you need. There are two great options close to the Blue Mountain area, both exploring parts of the Wallowa River. Book a guided trip and enjoy a nice quiet section of the river with kids or take your significant other for a more adventurous ride.
Whether you’re visiting the area for a few days or are a local looking to finally explore what’s been right in your backyard, summer can be the perfect time to try out a number of our favorite outdoor activities.