County Seat: 1300 NW Wall St., Suite 206, Bend 97701-1947
Population (2013): 162,525
Established: Dec. 13, 1916
Elev. at Bend: 3,628'
Area: 3,055 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 30.5° July 65.5°
Assessed Value: $19,686,342,823
Real Market Value: $25,322,402,855
Annual Precipitation: 12"
Economy: Tourism, retail trade, forest products, recreational equipment, aviation, software and high technology
Points of interest
Smith Rock State Park, Mt. Bachelor ski area, High Desert Museum, Lava Lands, Cascade Lakes Highway, Lava River Caves State Park, Lava Cast Forests, Newberry Crater, Pilot Butte, Three Sisters Wilderness, Central Oregon Community College, Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond Airport, Pine Mountain Observatory
History and general information
French-Canadian fur trappers of the Hudson’s Bay Company gave the name Riviere des Chutes (River of the Falls) to the Deschutes River, from which Deschutes County took its name. In 1916, Deschutes County was created from a part of Crook County.
Deschutes County, outdoor recreation capital of Oregon, with noble, snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline to the west and the wide-open high desert extending to the east, captures the awe of locals and visitors alike. Deschutes County has grown into a bustling, exciting place where progress and growth are hallmarks.
Deschutes County has experienced rapid growth largely due to its climate and year-round recreation activities. Central Oregon offers downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hunting, hiking, rockclimbing, whitewater rafting and golfing. Deschutes County is the host of diverse annual events, including the Cascade Festival of Music, the Art Hop, Cascade Children’s Festival, Pole Pedal Paddle, Sisters Rodeo, Sunriver Sunfest and the Cascade Cycling Classic.
Commissioners—Tammy Baney (R) 2019, Anthony (Tony) DeBone (R) 2019, Alan Unger (D) 2017; Dist. Atty. John Hummel 2019; Assess. Scot Langton 2019; Clerk Nancy Blankenship (D) 2019; Sheriff Larry Blanton 2017; Surv. Mike Berry; Treas. Robert Wayne Lowry 2019; Justice of the Peace Charles Fadeley 2017; Co. Admin. Tom Anderson