About

The Kokanee Inn is a friendly sanctuary for travelers to Eastern Oregon. We encourage all guests to make themselves at home during their stay. Guests are welcome to relax and socialize in our two spacious common rooms: the main lounge, which offers views of the grounds and the nearby Wallowa Mountains, and the upstairs lounge, where you will enjoy an adjacent deck boasting some of the best views in town. We also encourage guests to make the most of our outdoor spaces, which include multiple decks, patios and fire pits!

Location

Nestled in the heart of Joseph, Kokanee Inn offers an unparalleled location that puts the best of the area at your fingertips. Our property is steps away from an array of charming shops, delectable dining options, and the serene Wallowa Lake. For nature lovers, the tranquil Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site is also within walking distance, providing an easy opportunity to connect with the local landscape. And if you’re in the mood for more adventurous excursions, we are just a short drive away from a plethora of outdoor activities. Experience the convenience of central location combined with the allure of nearby adventures when you stay at Kokanee Inn.

Owner

A lifelong traveler and sixth-generation Oregonian, Madeline calls Joseph her soul home, and the Kokanee Inn her first solo enterprise. After years of connecting with former owners, Eric and Missy, about hospitality and the outdoors, Madeline was honored to have the opportunity to purchase the inn in early 2024. She delights in meeting guests from all over the world, experimenting with different forms of French Toast Casserole, and wrangling Canine Luxury Consultants, Scout & Cipher, both on and off the trail. Have a question? Contact Madeline here.

Founders

Eric Makela and Missy Britt, the founders of the Kokanee Inn, opened the doors of the Inn in 2019 after an exhaustive remodel to guests from all over the world. With backgrounds in energy efficiency and sustainability, Eric and Missy strove to create a lodging experience that was both good for guests and the environment.

Eric is an avid cyclist who is a great resource for any questions you may have about cycling around the region. Missy loves all sorts of trails, whether for hiking, running, or snowshoeing, and is happy to help provide suggestions for hitting the trails in Wallowa County. If you have a specific question for Eric or Missy, please reach out to us on the Contact Page and we’ll forward on your query.