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Our Story

Hello there,

We are the Shoffner Family, Jo paddle transferred ownership mid-2020 from the Nichols Family who originally came up with the idea of Jo paddle in 2018, with an opening date of August 31,2018.

We have been long-term residents of Wallowa County for the past 12 years and have learned to love this area and the pure peaceful nature of those who live here.

Wallowa County is one of a kind, offering majestic views, hidden trails, and a sense of being home. Even if you are a short-term visitor or a returning traveler who just fell in love with Wallowa County, we think you would agree; there is just something about this amazing place and the memories that it offers.

We hope you enjoy your Glacier clear adventure as much as we enjoy offering such a unique experience to you.   If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Have a Beautiful Day!



Wanting to make your vacation to Swiss Alps of Oregon a magical one? Well, you have come to the right place here at JO Paddle (Joseph Oregon Paddle) we strive in providing our guest with exceptional family friendly service ” we treat you like one of our own”.

At JO Paddle we love to greet our guest with a smile because we are so excited to be able to offer such a unique experience. Wallowa lake itself is a breathtaking ribbon lake 1 mile south of Joseph, Oregon. The crystal-clear, deep blue lake was formed by a series of Pleistocene glaciers and is at an elevation of 4,372 ft. Impounded by high moraines.

JO Paddle specializes in providing a one-of-a-kind recreational experience where our guests can explore Wallowa Lake above AND below the surface providing an amazing and unique adventure.

Our guests can choose from a guided Glacier Clear Nighttime Tour or our Glacier Clear day rental of Kayaks or Stand-Up Paddle Boards; or both making your trip to Wallowa Lake an A+ life adventure.

The wildlife is magnificent. Deer, Eagles, Osprey, and several varieties of ducks and geese are great to observe above the surface, but JO Paddle gives you a completely new view below the surface of local fish and car size boulders: among many other hidden treasures.

And who knows you may see “Wally” The Wallowa Lake Monster for a true adventure.

Our Glacier Clear Adventure is suitable for all skill levels. Children 30 lbs. and up are welcome to enjoy our day rentals; and ages 5 and up for our tours.

Each Kayak seats up to 2 guests with a max total load of 425 lbs.

We deliver rentals and start tours at the North end of Wallowa Lake

Please be on time to your start time for rental(s) or tour.