Open Sesame! WRC Secures Acess to Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers.


Last month prized access to one of the most beautiful river floats in Oregon was secured by Western Rivers Conservancy with the purchase of the famed Minam Store property…

The Conservancy acquired the two-acre parcel at the Wallowa-Minam Rivers confluence from a private owner. The site is well-known to boaters as a convenient launching point for spectacular multi-day family floating trips on the Wild and Scenic Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers.

“This is the gateway to one of the Oregon’s most pristine riverscapes,” said Phillip Wallin, Western Rivers Conservancy’s President. “We want to ensure that people will always be able to launch their boats here.”

The site is adjacent to the Minam State Recreation Area, and will complement the hiking, fishing, hunting and camping opportunities available there. The picturesque canyon features beautiful wildflower displays and is home to an array of fish and wildlife.

Located just off of Highway 82, the parcel includes 350 feet of river frontage. Western Rivers Conservancy is working to lease the Minam Store building to a rafting outfitter so that services remain in full swing, including rentals, shuttles and supplies.

About Western Rivers Conservancy:(WRC) is a nonprofit organization that protects outstanding ecosystems in the western United States. WRC buys land to protect critical habitat, provides access for compatible public recreational use and cooperates with other agencies and organizations to secure the health of whole ecosystems. With headquarters in Portland and offices in Eastern Washington, California and Montana, Western Rivers Conservancy has protected hundreds of miles of frontage along such celebrated rivers as the Hoh in Washington, the John Day in Oregon, the Madison in Montana and the Klamath in California.

For more information about Western Rivers Conservancy check out their website:WesterRiversConservancy