Klamath County

Contact

reflection of orange sunset on lake and dark mountains in the background
Sunset at Upper Klamath Lake from Highway 97 south of Modoc Point. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Phone: 541-883-5134 (General); 541-883-5503 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 541-885-6757

About 

Population (2018): 67,960
Established: Oct. 17, 1882
Elev. at Klamath Falls: 4,105'
Area: 6,135 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 29.8° July 68.0°
Assessed Value: $5,852,000,000
Real Market Value: $8,137,000,000 (includes the value of non-taxed properties)
Annual Precipitation: 14.31"
Economy: Agriculture, renewable energy, tourism/recreation, technology, forest products, and medical services

Related Resources

"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

Crater Lake National Park, Klamath Lake (Oregon’s largest lake), Collier Memorial State Park and Logging Museum, seven National Wildlife Refuges, Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), Klamath Community College, Klamath County Museum, Favell Museum of Western Art, Ross Ragland Theatre, Spence Mountain and Moore Park trail systems. Klamath County is the proud home of Kingsley Air Base, that trains F-15 fighter pilots and employs more than 1000 people, making it the third largest employer in the county.

History and General Information 

The Klamath or “Clamitte” Tribe, for which Klamath County was named, has had a presence for thousands of years. The Legislature created Klamath County by dividing Lake County in 1882. Linkville was named county seat, and its name was changed to Klamath Falls in 1893. The railroad came in the early 1900s. Also, work began on the federal Klamath Project, a reclamation which drained much of the 128 square mile Lower Klamath Lake to provide 188,000 acres of irrigable land for agriculture, a major contributor to the basin’s economy, despite competing with the tribes and fish for available water.

Klamath boasts more than 300 sunny days a year and is home to dozens of large-scale solar projects.  Natural geothermal hot wells provide heat for many homes, businesses and the Oregon Tech campus. Oregon Tech was the first University in the country to be powered completely by renewable energy and is home to Oregon Renewable Energy Center.

County Officials

Commissioners—Donnie Boyd 2021, Derrick DeGroot 2021, Kelley Minty Morris 2023; Dist. Atty. Eve A. Costello 2023; Assess. Nathan Bigby 2023; Clerk Rochelle Long 2023; Justice of the Peace Karen Oakes 2023; Sheriff Chris Kaber 2021; Surv. Michael Markus 2021; Treas. Vickie Noel 2023