Grant County


lake with rocky hillside in background
Little Strawberry Lake in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Area of the Strawberry Mountains. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image D7K_7151​)
County Seat: Courthouse, 201 S Humbolt St., Suite 290, Canyon City 97820
Phone: 541-575-1675 (General); 541-575-0509 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 541-575-2248


Established: Oct. 14, 1864
Elev. at Canyon City: 3,194'
Area: 4,528 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 30.7° July 68.4°
Assessed Value: $666,914,391
Real Market Value: $1,796,275,150
(includes the value of non-taxed properties)
Annual Precipitation: 14.28"
Economy: Forest products, agriculture, hunting, livestock and recreation

Related Resources

Oregon county map with Grant 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

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Veterans Memorial, Kam Wah Chung Museum, Joaquin Miller Cabin, Grant County Historical Museum, Sacred Totem Pole, Grant County Historical Mural, Dewitt Museum, Depot Park, Sumpter Valley Railroad, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, North Fork John Day River Wilderness

History and General Information

Grant County was created in 1864 from Wasco and Umatilla counties and was named for General Ulysses S. Grant. It shares boundaries with more counties (eight) than any other county in Oregon.

Grant County contains the headwaters of the John Day River, which has more miles of Wild and Scenic designation than any other river in the United States. More than 60% of the land in the county is in public ownership.

County Officials

County Court—Judge Scott Myers 2025; Commissioners Jim Hamsher 2025, John A Rowell 2027; Dist. Atty. Jim Carpenter 2027; Assess. David Thunell 2025; Clerk Laurie Cates 2027; Justice of the Peace Kathleen Stinnett 2025; Sheriff Todd McKinley 2025; Surv. Mike Springer 2025; Treas. Julie Ellison 2025​