In the 1880s, two canneries took some 12,000 sockeye salmon two years in
a row from Wallowa Lake in Eastern Oregon. By 1905, the run was gone.
Alaska sockeye were dumped in the lake in the 1920s, but the last year
anyone remembers seeing an ocean-going sockeye in the Wallowa River was
1926, the year Wallowa Lake Dam was raised to its final height to
provide water for irrigators downstream.