County Seat: 601 State St., Hood River 97031-2093
Phone: 541-386-3970 (General); 541-386-3535 (Court Administrator)
Population (2016): 24,735
Established: June 23, 1908
Elev. at Hood River: 154'
Area: 533 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 33.6° July 72°
Assessed Value: $2,347,414,882
Real Market Value: $3,814,681,047
Annual Precipitation: 30.85"
Economy: Agriculture, food processing, forest products and recreation
Points of Interest
Bridge of the Gods, Cloud Cap Inn, Mount Hood Recreation Area, Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Lost Lake, Panorama Point, Hood River Valley at blossom time
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.
Agriculture, timber, lumber and recreation are the major sources of revenue and industry. 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, with one serving local barge traffic, a steel boat manufacturing firm and Mid-Columbia yachting interests. Windsurfing on the Columbia River is a popular sport and attracts windsurfers from all over the world.
Commissioners—Chair Ron Rivers 2019, Bob Benton 2019, Karen Joplin 2019, Rich McBride 2021, Les Perkins 2021; Dist. Atty. John T. Sewell 2021; Justice of the Peace John Harvey 2021; Sheriff Matt English 2021; Assess./Clerk Brian Beebe; Surv. Bradley Cross; Treas. Sandra Borowy; Co. Admin. Jeff Hecksel