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Lake County

Sunset over the Warner Lakes from the Warner Valley Overlook.

Sunset over the Warner Lakes from the Warner Valley Overlook. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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County Seat: Courthouse, 513 Center St., Lakeview 97630
Phone: 541-947-6006 (General); 541-947-6051 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 541-947-6015


Population (2016): 8,015
Established: October 24, 1874
Elev. at Lakeview: 4,800'
Area: 8,359 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 28.4° July 67.0°
Assessed Value: $990,014,492
Real Market Value: $3,113,612,384
Annual Precipitation: 15.80"
Economy: Livestock, forest products, agriculture, recreation


Lake County map

Related resources
Historical Records Inventory
Scenic Image
"County QuickFacts" (population and economic data from U.S. Census Bureau)
County Seat Map (from Yahoo! Maps)
County Map (from ODOT)


Incorporated cities
Lakeview | Paisley


Points of interest
Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge, Fort Rock and Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum, Abert Lake and Rim, Goose Lake, Hunter’s Hot Springs, Old Perpetual Geyser, Schminck Memorial Museum and Lake County Museum, Lake County Round-Up Museum, Warner Canyon Ski Area, Gearhart Wilderness, Lost Forest, Crack-in-the-Ground, Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Summer Lake Hot Springs, Hole-in-the-Ground, sunstones (Oregon’s state gemstone) near Plush, Warner Wetlands, Summer Lake Wildlife Area


History and general information
Lake County was created from Jackson and Wasco Counties by the 1874 Legislature. It then included the present Klamath County and all of the present Lake County except Warner Valley. In 1882, Klamath was removed and in 1885, the Warner area from Grant County was added.

Linkville, now Klamath Falls, was the first county seat. M. Bullard gave 20 acres as the Lakeview townsite. In the 1875 election, the county seat was moved to Lakeview. The Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge is a 270,000 acre wildlife haven for antelope, mule deer, bighorn sheep and upland birds. A number of migratory waterfowl flyways converge on Goose Lake, south of Lakeview, the Warner Wetlands near Plush and the Summer Lake Wildlife area. Lakeview has been deemed the hang gliding capital of the West.


County officials
Commissioners—Chair Bradley Winters 2021, Ken Kestner 2019, Dan Shoun 2019; Dist. Atty. Sharon Forster 2021; Assess. Dave Knowles 2021; Clerk Stacie Geaney 2021; Sheriff Michael Taylor 2019; Surv. Darryl Anderson 2019; Treas. Ann Crumrine 2021


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