Created in 1914 from sprawling Crook County, Jefferson County is a rich agricultural area providing an impressive amount of grass, vegetable and flower seed. Other profit crops include garlic, mint and wheat. Early railroad access led to the success of the region, as local farmers were easily linked to the Columbia River. Today, manufacturing and recreation join agriculture in supporting the area’s economy. The sunny, dry climate makes Jefferson County a popular recreation site for water sports, hiking, camping, fishing and golf. Nearby attractions include Indian Head Casino, The Cove Palisades at Lake Billy Chinook, the Metolius Wild & Scenic River, Lake Simtustus and the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area. The recreational opportunities are limitless.
Established: 1914 (formed from Crook County)
Area: 1,780 sq. mi.
Jefferson County is a culturally diverse region, which includes the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and a thriving Hispanic community.
Jefferson County: 24,192
Crooked River Ranch: 5,000
Warm Springs: 4,000
Camp Sherman: 233
Average High Temp – Jan: 41.7°F
Average Low Temp – Jan: 21.6°F
Average High Temp – Jul: 87.5°F
Average Low Temp – Jul: 45.4°F
Average Annual Precip: 10.9″