Hood River County

Contact

sternwheeler riverboat
The Columbia Queen sternwheeler riverboat on the Columbia River at Cascade Locks Marina in Cascade Locks. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
County Seat: 601 State St., Hood River 97031-2093
Phone: 541-386-3970 (General); 541-386-3535 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 541-387-6864

About 

Population (2018): 25,310
Established: June 23, 1908
Elev. at Hood River: 154'
Area: 533 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 33.6° July 72°
Assessed Value: $2,617,000,000
Real Market Value: $4,480,000,000 (includes the value of non-taxed properties)
Annual Precipitation: 30.85"
Economy: Agriculture, industry, tourism and services including health care

Related Resources

Oregon county map with Hood River 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

Bridge of the Gods, Cloud Cap Inn, Mount Hood Recreation Area, Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Lost Lake,  Hood River Valley Fruit Loop Tour

History and General Information 

The first white settlers in Hood River County filed a donation land claim in 1854. The first school was built in 1863, and a road from The Dalles was completed in 1867. By 1880, there were 17 families living in the valley. Hood River County was created in 1908 from Wasco County.

Fruit grown in the fertile valley is of such exceptional quality that the county leads the world in Anjou pear production. There are more than 14,000 acres of commercial orchards growing pears, apples, cherries and peaches. Hood River County also has two ports and two boat basins. Windsurfing and kiteboarding on the Columbia River are very popular sports that attract visitors  from all over the world.

County Officials

Commissioners—Chair Mike Oates 2023, Bob Benton 2023, Karen Joplin 2023, Rich McBride 2021, Les Perkins 2021; Dist. Atty. John T. Sewell 2021; Justice of the Peace John Harvey 2023; Sheriff Matt English 2021; Assess./Clerk Brian Beebe; Surv. Bradley Cross; Co. Admin. Jeff Hecksel; Treas. position is vacant at press time