Deschutes County


lake with snowy mountain in the distance
Kayakers on Sparks Lake with the South Sister in the Cascade Mountains. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image D7K_3283​)
County Seat: 1300 NW Wall St., Suite 206, Bend 97703
Phone: 541-388-6570 (County Administrator)
Fax: 541-385-3202


Established: Dec. 13, 1916
Elev. at Bend: 3,628'
Area: 3,055 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 30.5° July 65.5°
Assessed Value: $28,858,394,563
Real Market Value: $57,139,398,118
(includes the value of non-taxed properties)
Annual Precipitation: 12"
Economy: Tourism, retail trade, forest products, recreational equipment, aviation, software and high technology

Related Resources

Oregon county map with Deschutes 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

Smith Rock State Park, Mount Bachelor ski area, High Desert Museum, Lava Lands, Cascade Lakes Highway, Lava River Caves State Park, Lava Cast Forests, Newberry Crater, Pilot Butte, Three Sisters Wilderness, Central Oregon Community College, Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond Airport, Pine Mountain Observatory

History and General Information 

French-Canadian fur trappers of the Hudson’s Bay Company gave the name Riviere des Chutes (River of the Falls) to the Deschutes River, from which Deschutes County took its name. In 1916, Deschutes County was created from a part of Crook County.

Deschutes County, outdoor recreation capital of Oregon, with snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline to the west and the wide-open high desert extending to the east, captivates locals and visitors alike. 

Deschutes County has experienced rapid growth largely due to its climate and year-round recreation activities. Central Oregon offers downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and golf, among many other opportunities. Deschutes County is the host of diverse annual events, including the Cascade Festival of Music, the Art Hop, Cascade Children’s Festival, Pole Pedal Paddle, Sisters Rodeo, Sunriver Sunfest and the Cascade Cycling Classic.

County Officials

Commissioners—Chair Patti Adair 2027; Anthony (Tony) DeBone 2027, Phil Chang 2025; Dist. Atty. Steve Gunnels 2027; Assess. Scot Langton 2027; Clerk Steve Dennison 2027; Sheriff L. Shane Nelson 2025; Surv. Kevin Samuel; Treas. William Kuhn 2027; Justice of the Peace Charles Fadeley 2029; Co. Admin. Nick Lelack​