County Seat: Courthouse, 225 W Olive St., Newport 97365
Phone: 541-265-6611 (General); 541-265-4236 (Court Administrator)
Population (2020): 48,305
Established: Feb. 20, 1893
Elev. at Newport: 134'
Area: 992 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 44.4° July 57.6°
Assessed Value: $8,545,581,420
Real Market Value: $12,908,014,658
(includes the value of non-taxed properties)
Annual Precipitation: 71.93"
Economy: Tourism, government, services and retail, forest products and fishing
Points of Interest
Agate Beach, Alsea Bay Interpretive Center, Beverly Beach State Park, Boiler Bay, Cape Perpetua Visitors’ Center, Cascade Head, Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy, Devils Lake, Lincoln County Historical Museum, Newport Performing and Visual Arts Centers, OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and Interpretive Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Otter Crest Viewpoint, Seal Rock Park, South Beach State Park, Yaquina Arts Center, Yaquina Bay State Park and Lighthouse, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
History and General Information
With miles of beach and coastline, Lincoln County is one of the most popular visitor destinations on the Oregon Coast. Named for President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln County was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1893. Lincoln County has a very temperate climate and a short, but productive, growing season.
Depoe Bay is known as “the whale watching capital of the world.” Lincoln City offers more than 2,000 hotel, motel and bed and breakfast rooms and resorts, as well as the Siletz Tribe’s Chinook Winds Casino. Newport, known as Oregon’s oceanography research center, features numerous interpretive centers and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, along with a large fishing fleet and working bay front. Siletz is the home of the Administration Center and reservation of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon. Toledo is known as Lincoln County’s industrial center. Waldport features the Alsea Bay Interpretive Center. Yachats is known as the “Gem of the Oregon Coast.”
Commissioners—Kaety Jacobson (D) 2023, Claire Hall (D) 2025, Doug Hunt (D) 2023; Dist. Atty. Lanee Danforth 2025; Assess. Joe Davidson 2025; Clerk Dana Jenkins 2023; Sheriff Curtis Landers 2025; Surv. John Waffenschmidt; Treas. Jayne Welch 2023