Curry County

Contact

Cape Blanco lighthouse
Sunset at the lighthouse at Cape Blanco State Park. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
County Seat: 94235 Moore St., Suite 212, Gold Beach 97444
Phone: 541-247-3295 (General); 541-247-4511 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 541-247-6440 (Elections Division)

About 

Population (2018): 22,915
Established: Dec. 18, 1855
Elev. at Gold Beach: 60'
Area: 1,648 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 45.0°  July 65.0°
Assessed Value: $3,113,000,000
Real Market Value: $3,875,000,000 (includes the value of non-taxed properties)
Annual Precipitation: 82.67"
Economy: Forest products, agriculture, commercial and sport fishing, recreation and tourism

Related Resources

Oregon county map with Curry 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

Coastal ports, Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Cape Sebastian and Samuel H. Boardman State Parks, Rogue River Japanese Bomb Site, Thomas Creek Bridge near Brookings – Oregon’s highest bridge at 345 feet

History and General Information 

Named after Territorial Governor George L. Curry, the county was a part of “Coose” County until it was created in 1855. Port Orford was the county seat until 1859 when it was replaced by Ellensburg (later renamed Gold Beach).

Curry County contains valuable standing timber and also offers spectacular coastal scenery, clamming and crabbing, excellent fishing (freshwater and saltwater), upriver scenic boat trips, hiking trails, and gold for the fun of panning. The Port of Brookings is considered one of the safest harbors on the coast.

Agricultural products include sheep and cattle, cranberries, blueberries, Easter lilies and horticultural nursery stock. Curry County is also a prolific producer of myrtlewood.

County Officials

Commissioners—Court Boice 2021, Sue Gold 2021, Christopher Paasch 2023; Dist. Atty. Everett Dial 2021; Assess. Jim Kolen 2021; Clerk Reneé Kolen 2021; Sheriff John Ward 2021; Surv. Reily Smith; Treas. Debra Crumley 2021