Our Story

Hello there,

We’re the Nichols family. We moved to Joseph two years ago. We moved all the way across the country from Georgia. Every time we share that tidbit with a new friend they simply ask “Why?” Well, it’s generally a simple answer. Usually, if we are outside we’ll turn and gesture at the magnificent Wallowa Mountains and point out the natural beauty of our area. But when we get down to brass tacks it really was because we were seeking a close-knit community to raise our children. We wanted to live somewhere where people have pride in their beliefs and their actions. With six children they generally are the driving force for most of our life decisions these days. Seeking those ideals is how we found Joseph.

Over the past ten years, Joseph’s economy has shifted to be primarily Tourism driven. A lot of places might not be super thrilled about that because sometimes some visitors don’t care much about taking care of the places they visit because they’ll only be there for a short time.

Unfortunately, most major tourist areas show the result of this line of thinking and tend to be heavily littered and poorly taken care of.  Joseph, on the other hand, has been lucky and sits on the opposite side of that spectrum. Joseph seems to have this magical effect on our visitors and it almost instantly earns the respect of anyone who steps foot on these grounds. Joseph just feels like home.

We came up with the idea of JO Paddle in the middle of the summer of 2018. There are a lot of amazing things to do in Wallowa County and scenic gems that many visitors miss out on when they visit our area and we wanted to offer them a new opportunity to sit back relax and have some good old-fashioned fun while they explore the areas that we locals hold dear.

We’re super stoked to offer this outing to our visitors and locals alike. We sincerely treasure each and every one of our customers. We understand what it takes to get to Joseph. We’re here to make you smile and to have a great time. We look forward to hosting you and yours out with JO Paddle!

-The Nichols Family-

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Joseph Branch Railriders

Looking for some physical adventure? Visit the Joseph Branch Railriders www.jbrailriders.com for a fun outdoor adventure. Pedal the rails on a four-wheel rail bike. The Railriders are easy to pedal down to Enterprise and take a little effort to get them back to Joseph. It’s a one of a kind adventure through Wallow Valley with loads of natural beauty and wildlife. It’s a great way to get some exercise and see parts of Wallowa County that most folks don’t. It’s managed by a member of the Nichols Family and has been family owned and operated by the Metlen Family since it’s inception in 2014.

Pioneer Portraits

Visit Pioneer Portraits www.pioneerportraits.com to get some awesome themed souvenir portraits. You can dress up as a pioneer and get your photos in front of a covered wagon. Or try your hand at being a gunslinger or saloon lady as you pose at or on the bar and antique piano. Are you in need of some fresh family portraits? Get a backdrop you can’t find anywhere else. The Pros at Pioneer Portraits will take your photos out at the lake with the most amazing backdrop one could dream of. The owner Ashley is family and she’ll treat you right.

We’re More Than Friendly, We’re Family

We would like you to know that we treasure each and every one of our valued guests and we’ll treat you like family. That’s because it’s our family who will be serving you. We’ll treat you how we like to be treated with love, compassion, and thankfulness. Our charming staff are Wallowa County experts, with many years of local knowledge. We’re here to help you get your paddling adventure started so you will have a fun and safe outing on Wallowa Lake. Come join us! We look forward to hosting you on your awesome adventure.