Clackamas County

Contact

yellow, red, and white tulips surrounding a windmill
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in rural Clackamas County. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
County Seat: County Courthouse, 807 Main St., Oregon City 97045
Phone: 503-655-8581 (General); 503-655-8447 (Court Administrator) 503-655-8447 ext 6 (Records)

About 

Population (2018): 419,425
Established: July 5, 1843
Elev. at Oregon City: 55'
Area: 1,884 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 40.2°  July 68.4°
Assessed Value: $50,838,000,000
Real Market Value: $76,424,000,000 (includes the value of non-taxed properties)
Annual Precipitation: 48.40"
Economy: Agriculture, metals manufacturing, trucking and warehousing, nursery stock, retail services, wholesale trade and construction

Related Resources

Oregon county map with Clackamas County shaded
"County QuickFacts" (population and economic data from U.S. Census Bureau)
County Seat Map (from Google Maps)
County Map (from ODOT) 

Incorporated Cities

Points of Interest

Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge, Willamette Falls and navigation locks, McLoughlin House, Canby Ferry, Molalla Buckaroo, driving tour of Old Barlow Road, Clackamas Town Center, Museum of the Oregon Territory, North Clackamas Aquatic Park

History and General Information 

Clackamas County was named for the resident Clackamas Tribe and was one of the four original Oregon counties created in 1843. Oregon City, the county seat, was the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains, the first capital of the Oregon Territory and the site of the first legislative session.

In 1849, when the city of San Francisco was platted, Oregon City was the site of the only federal court west of the Rockies. The plat was filed in 1850 in the first plat book of the first office of records on the West Coast and are still in Oregon City. The area’s early history is featured at the Clackamas County Historical Society and Museum of the Oregon Territory.

From its 55-foot elevation at Oregon City, the county rises to 11,235 feet at the peak of Mount Hood, the only year-round ski resort in the United States and the site of the Timberline Lodge National Historical Landmark. The mountains, rivers and forests offer excellent outdoor recreation activities, from skiing and rafting to fishing and camping.

County Officials

Commissioners—Chair Jim Bernard 2021, Ken Humberston 2021, Sonya Fischer 2023, Paul Savas 2023, Martha Schrader 2021; Dist. Atty. John S. Foote 2021; Assess. Tami Little 2023; Clerk Sherry Hall 2023; Justice of the Peace Karen Brisbin 2023; Sheriff Craig Roberts 2021; Surv. Ray Griffin; Treas. Brian T. Nava 2023; Co. Admin. Donald Krupp