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Peaceful and quiet location! Decks galore! ! King-2 queens-3 twins-1 double

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

now booking only at Wallowalakevacationrentals.com #16

This is also a perfect rental for smaller groups of 4 to six that enjoy relaxing with plenty of space instead of cramming into one of the smaller cabins around the lake or a motel. We also ask all guests to leave an $100 checkout fee for our cleaning /linen/ manager fee. This is not included in your VRBO payment/booking.

The Brown Bear Vacation Home is a 2500 square foot home located on the quiet westside of Wallowa Lake on Lakeshore Road. Remodeled in a fun Northstyle lodge decor, you'll find bears and moose galore inside the home and deer roaming the yard outside the home! The house has the charm of a big rambling older lake house with lots of updates.

The marinas are a short drive away for boating and fishing and you can enjoy a lake and forest view right from the decks of the Brown Bear.

The Brown Bear has a master with a king bed and a private bath. Love seat and daybed in the master as well as a unique skylight view of an eagles nest! Bedroom #2 is on the same level as the master and has two twins and a private bath right outside in the hall! The King and Twin Rooms have a living area upstairs also. On the main level, you will find two queen rooms that share a bath. These are great comfy beds and linens as this is our 2nd home and we like comfort! We can sleep eight in beds and have two extra twins for kids in the master, and a futon in the living room and an extra double on the lower laundry level if needed.

The king and 2 queen rooms are very nice and roomy for 2 adults each. The twin is a small room but has the bonus of a private deck ( easily locked off for kids) and a private bath next to it. So if you don't mind a small room with twins there is a benefit to adults having the twin room.


Large kitchen, center island, second sink, coffee bean grinder, large solid oak trestle table seats up to eight with extra seating at the large kitchen island on stools.


Family room on the main level has a huge fireplace and comfy log furnishings! There is a 2nd family room upstairs so you can separate TV or movie viewing if needed. Or just send part of your group to a different area to relax.


Six different decks to enjoy the views of the forest and the treed view of the lake.

Please remember that animals live in the forest. We are sure you will embrace the ospreys, eagles, and other abundant wildlife we ask you to forgive the smaller critters and bugs that we are not do fond of ..we do our best to keep them out of the house but since it is a house in the forest please understand they do show on occasion.

Keywords: Single-Family Residential Home

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Judi Brown
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
15 January, 2018

About Judi Brown

Larry Brown grew up like so many of our guests visiting Wallowa Lake every summer in his childhood. We find many of our guests are returning to re create those wonderful childhood memories. All it took was one visit for the both of us together and we fell in love with the area, the people, the scenery and quiet beauty. We enjoy living at Wallowa Lake as often as we can and enjoy sharing our home for other familes to make special memories. This is a great home for renewal of spirt and family. It welcomes you and you will feel the peace of the Wallowa Mountains and lake long after you leave. We keep it stocked with many of the things you might need in a rental so you will find spices and general pantry items to make your trip easier. We try to keep soft linens, plenty of towels, and our housekeeper leaves the place very clean. It is always a joy to walk into such a clean home and feel the stress of the world melt away almost instantly! We hope you will come and enjoy the lake and our home! We do consider trading for other properties and if we are open at the last minute, we will do special rates. Please check with us.

Judi Brown purchased this house in 2002

Why Judi Brown chose Joseph

Wallowa Lake has all the serenity we need in our lives, but also has plenty of hiking and other activities to keep our guests busy.

What makes this house unique

Deer in the yard, peaceful views through the trees of Wallowa Lake. Lounging on the decks on a hot sunny day! Watching the birds fly in and out of the Eagles nest!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our "bear" cabin was perfect! We found ourselves in very cheerful, clean and well stocked living accommodations. It was obvious the owners take grat pride in keeping the house in good repair. We found ourselves on a deck every morning drinking our coffee and back on the decks drinking wine in the evening! A new stereo provided excellent background music and we loved the colorful lights strung over the fireplace. Bathrooms were not in short supply and we are talking about 5 women!

Every form of wildlife wandered through the property during our stay. (except bears!) Hiking or having dinner in Joseph was easily accessible. We thank the Brown's for the use of their cabin. What a wonderful, enjoyable stay their home made for the five of us on our high school reunion!
Jul 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Joseph in Wallowa County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 baths Bath 1 in Master with shower only on upper level Bath 2 next to twin room with shower only on upper level Bath 3 on main level with bathtub and shower (2 queen rooms share this bath)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 1 King in Master (upstairs) and twin trundle for kids 2 queens (each in a private bedroom on main level) 2 twins in twin room (upstairs) futon in living/ occupany sleeps 10 strictly enforced due to permit rules from Wallowa County. Thank you
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Parking limited to 4 vehicles per stay. STRICTLY ENFORCED by county rules!


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Peaceful and quiet location! Decks galore! ! King-2 queens-3 twins-1 double
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 13 reviews

Very nice

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the property very much. It was well stocked and very comfortable. I would suggest more outside lighting especially the stairs. I actually fell coming back at night.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cabin feel, space to spread out, quiet road.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the variety of rooms and spaces, and much of what we needed was provided.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the space as much as we do! Love those decks for relaxing with a cold drink and watching the wildlife!
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Perfect place to enjoy the Wallowa Lake area.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the quiet of the Lake and Mountains yet it was easy to get to Joseph and the Marina area. We had small children with us and having two separate floors of living space allowed my sister and her family privacy upstairs and our friend, my husband and I to have quiet on the decks and downstairs. The house was clean and well maintained. Sitting on the deck and enjoying the scenery and quiet made for a very relaxing vacation. We cooked in most every night and found the kitchen very accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Valerie, Glad you enjoyed staying at our home and we agree, it is easy to get to Joseph and the 2 mile drive down the west side of the lake is so very beautiful. It never gets old. We like to go to dinner in town most nights because we like the variety of restaurants but want our guests to be able to cook, grill and just relax at the house if they wish. One of our favorite things about our home is the privacy with the two living rooms, two bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms on the main floor as well. And the three baths! And with six decks, there is always a quiet place to sit and relax. We hope you come back!
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Wonderful Family Get together

  • 4 of 5

House easily accommodated all 9 adults. Very homey, with fully equipped kitchen separate areas both inside and out for large or small groups to gather. Comfortable beds and spaces for folks to read or relax either alone or together. Weather was warm and sunny but never hot. We even had some light rain and the cabin was cozy and warm. Love the homey decor with plenty of seating to visit. The well stocked pantry with cooking and eating utensils was great and gave us an opportunity to make family favorites. We ate all meals at the cabin. Stairs were a little daunting as we are not spring chickens. Bathroom toilets needed to be treated with tenderness. I can think of a more beautiful location than Wallowa Lake. We truly enjoyed out time together and our stay at the Bear Den.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for those kind words! We love that you found the pantry well stocked and enjoyed the spacious rooms, comfy beds and charming private areas to relax and watch the wildlife. We spend a lot of time around the big kitchen table playing games with friends and family as well. And in front of the fireplace on a chilly night. The decks are also one of our our favorite parts of the house. Deck staining, Bathroom remodels and more are scheduled for fall. Always a work in progress with a house at the lake! The garage path on the right is a good way to take in suitcases or heavier items instead of heading up the stairs. Glad you were able to cook all meals at the house. We usually enjoy the local restaurants every evening during our time at the lake house but we have a great BBQ Grill if we do decide to cook and try to make sure we have all the kitchen items we would want at our full time home. Thanks again for your nice review Marcia.
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Great place for a large group

  • 5 of 5

We had ample space for our large group. We found the dining room and living room to be nice locations to gather and chat with each other. I used the deck with with the umbrella table to drink coffee in the mornings. I wish we had more time to just relax, but we were there for a wedding and we mainly used it for a base to sleep and eat. Judi was helpful with her description of the place and what is expected. We would use it again.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to share our home with your group. Wedding weekends can be hectic! Glad you enjoyed the larger gathering areas in the kitchen and living areas. We love them as well! Judi Brown
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Two family get away.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed coffee on the front deck in the mornings. We walked and road our bikes every day. The cabin had more than enough room for our two families. Kitchen was a little hard to cook large meals for the two families. The open kitchen allowed for games around the kitchen table in the evenings. This was our 3rd summer to Wallowa Lake and we never seem to tire of the views and areas to explore.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! Glad you had a wonderful time at Wallowa Lake and enjoyed the peacefulness of such a spectacular vacation spot. Our kitchen is one of the largest of the rental homes around the lake but I am always happy to have that 2nd sink and the space on the island. We too have spent many wonderful evenings playing games around the large table as the kitchen is always the natural gathering place!
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Our home is on the quiet side of Wallowa Lake but still an easy drive to the more bustling side where the go carts, campgrounds and more people can be found!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Joseph, USA

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Summer 2018
17 Jun 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 6.0%

A separate damage deposit is requested of $300 bot not cashed unless there is damage or complaints by neighbors
there is a one time checkout cleaning manager fee of 85.00 per rental paid upon vacating the home all travelers pay the $85.00 per stay. This is left in cash in the kitchen. By accepting this booking you agree to not trespass on neighbor lots, you understand max occupancy is for 10 people or less including children, and 4 cars and or boats max allowed for parking. marinas are a short drive away and even though the lake is just across the street you do not have immediate access as that is all private land and docks. We know you will enjoy the view of the lake through the trees, the six decks, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, BBQ on deck and spacious peaceful lake themed cabin on the west side of the lake on Lakeshore Road. for mapquest you can use 61044 lakeshore Road Joseph Oregon 97846. Please text or call Judi Brown, Homeowner at 719-332-6348 for questions. Rules of the home are posted inside the house along with everything you need except your toothbrush, toothpaste and personal items. Bring a bag of ice and paper plates and towels if you wish to make it easier on your cooks! bring your own coffee, tea and food of course although we keep salt pepper and basic spices handy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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