With the completion of Ben Brown\'s home on the trail taken by many of the emigrant trains moving westward, it is not surprising that a commercial settlement grew up in what is now known as the "Old Town" of La Grande and home of Eastern Oregon University. La Grande now has a population of 12,000 plus people. The community is friendly, casual, and has its own brand of sophistication.
Magnificent scenery, wildlife and waterfowl, historic sites, and outdoor adventure await you in La Grande. The spirit of the West is alive and well in Eastern Oregon where snow-capped peaks look down on rolling hills, complex desert lands and wild rivers. Nestled between the Wallowa Mountains and the Blue Mountains, La Grande is located off of I-84 in the the Blue Mountains, La Grande is located off of I-84 in the Grande Ronde Valley. As Union County\'s county seat, La Grande is a bustling and vibrant small town community.
The Grande Ronde River; Oregon\'s second longest free flowing river is a wild and scenic home to rainbow trout and steel head.The beautiful 180 mile river winds it\'s way through the heart of Union County, providing numerous scenic and recreational opportunities from quiet fishing, to camping, hiking and excitingrafting trips.
La Grande offers a rich and varied landscape supports an amazing diversity of wildlife. It\'s the land of breathtaking beauty. There are many gorgeous views to be seen. Visitors drive through fertile farmlands, rugged sage-covered range lands and lush green forests. Rivers, creeks, and a reservoir add beauty to the route and reflect the importance of small town culture. La Grande is a pretty town with lots to offer travelers. The surrounding national forests, lakes, and rivers provide some of the best biking, hiking, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, and sightseeing opportunities in the state.
La Grande is a beautiful city that refects charm and offers four seasons of endless fun and a tremendous variety of opportunities to build new and exciting hobbies. There is an unforgettable setting for amusing activites and fun family experiences; along with the perfect combination of excitement and relaxation.