County Seat: County Courthouse, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City 97045
Phone: 503-650-5686 (General); 503-655-8670 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 503-650-5687 (Records)
Population (2013): 386,080
Established: July 5, 1843
Elev. at Oregon City: 55'
Area: 1,879 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 40.2° July 68.4°
Assessed Value: $42,300,451,426
Real Market Value: $51,015,222,201
Annual Precipitation: 48.40"
Economy: Agriculture, metals manufacturing, trucking and warehousing, nursery stock, retail services, wholesale trade and construction
Barlow | Canby | Damascus | Estacada | Gladstone | Happy Valley | Johnson City | Lake Oswego | Milwaukie | Molalla | Oregon City | Portland | Rivergrove | Sandy | Tualatin | West Linn | Wilsonville
Points of interest
Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, Willamette Falls and navigation locks, McLoughlin House, Canby Ferry, Molalla Buckaroo, driving tour of Old Barlow Road, Clackamas Town Center, Museum of the Oregon Territory, North Clackamas Aquatic Park
History and general information
Clackamas County was named for the resident Clackamas Tribe and was one of the four original Oregon counties created in 1843. Oregon City, the county seat, was the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains, the first capital of the Oregon Territory, and the site of the first legislative session.
In 1849, when the city of San Francisco was platted, Oregon City was the site of the only federal court west of the Rockies. The plat was filed in 1850 in the first plat book of the first office of records on the West Coast and is still in Oregon City. The area’s early history is featured at the Clackamas County Historical Society and Museum of the Oregon Territory.
From its 55-foot elevation at Oregon City, the county rises to 11,235 feet at the peak of Mt. Hood, the only year-round ski resort in the United States, and the site of the Timberline Lodge National Historical Landmark. The mountains, rivers and forests offer excellent outdoor recreation activities, from skiing and rafting to fishing and camping.
Commissioners—Jim Bernard 2019, Chair John Ludlow 2017, Paul Savas 2019, Martha Schrader 2017, Tootie Smith 2017; Dist. Atty. John Foote 2017; Assess. Bob Vorman 2017; Clerk Sherry Hall 2019; Justice of the Peace Karen Brisbin 2017; Sheriff Craig Roberts 2017; Surv. R. Charles Pearson; Treas. Shari Anderson 2019; Co. Admin. Donald Krupp