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Elgin is located in Union County, 20 miles northeast of La Grande, between Wallowa and La Grande on Hwy 82. This community sits on the banks of the Grande Ronde River, surrounded by timbered mountains and grassy ridges of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest & Umatilla National Forest. A plentiful economy has fed the community's lush ranching, farming, and timber industries (Boise Cascade mill) and provides a huge assortment of Outdoor Activities, including: Skiing and snowmobiling in winter, and rafting, fishing, camping, hiking, and hunting in friendlier weather. Other area points of interest: Historical Indian Fish Trap site, Fremont Trail, Oregon Trail, Looking Glass fish hatchery, Big Canyon fish hatchery, Elgin Riverfest, Stampeder's Crab feed and November Night Light Parade.

Elgin was established as a trading area in 1882, named for a ballad commemorating the wreck of the "Lady ELgin" in Lake Michigan.

There is also an Elgin, North Dakota.


Motels, Hotels, and Resorts Stampede Inn (formerly: Elgin City Centr |
Shopping Blue Mountain Log Homes |
Wildlife Viewing Lookingglass Fish Hatchery |

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09/16 Coming to The area
Buttermilk Festival Kamiah ID April6 Learn to make butter the old fashioned way with a modern day twist, and then enjoy your creation on some fresh baked Dutch oven bread. Take in the pancake breakfast, Buttermilk Bowl bowling tournament, horse plop 50/50 raffle, variety of vendors and live music throughout the day.
Big Water Blowout River Festival Riggins ID June1 This is an action packed event with experienced outfitters and guides offering discounted raft trips. Come paddle huge class III and IV rapids and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the second deepest gorge in North America. Get your thrill-seeking in, as the boats go big in boat-munching waves with names like The Pencil Sharpener, The Pancake Wave, The Big Easy and The Haystack.
National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival Weiser ID June17-22 Idaho's premier fiddler's contest is back with all the fun and celebration throughout Weiser. Parades, fiddle contest, food and arts vendors and much more.
Ponderosa Pine Relay Cascade ID July19-20 Distance is 194.89. A shorter sprint race from McCall to Cascade is 62.5 miles. Teams finish at Kelly's Whitewater Park in Cascade.
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Moscow ID February20-23 You'll see the best at this four day musical extravaganza in Moscow. The World's greatest jazz artists conduct workshops and clinic by day and perform in star studded concerts at night.