County Seat: 305 Main St., Klamath Falls 97601-6391
Phone: 541-883-5134 (General); 541-883-5503 (Court Administrator)
Population (2013): 66,810
Established: Oct. 17, 1882
Elev. at Klamath Falls: 4,105'
Area: 6,135 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 29.8° July 68.0°
Assessed Value: $5,291,803,480
Real Market Value: $7,346,811,461
Annual Precipitation: 14.31"
Economy: Forest products, agriculture, geothermal energy, tourism and recreation
Points of interest
Crater Lake National Park, Collier Memorial State Park and Logging Museum, Klamath Lake (largest lake in Oregon), seven National Wildlife Refuges, Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), Klamath County Museum, Favell Museum of Western Art, Ross Ragland Performing Arts Theatre
History and general information
The Klamath or “Clamitte” Tribe, for which Klamath County was named, has had a presence for 10,000 years. White settlement began in 1846 along the Applegate Immigrant Trail, which precipitated clashes between the two cultures and led to the Modoc Indian War of 1872. The Oregon Legislature created Klamath County by dividing Lake County in 1882. Linkville was named county seat and its name was changed to Klamath Falls in 1893.
Klamath County’s present-day position as a great lumber, agriculture and distribution center was assured in the early 1900s with the coming of the railroad and the start of one of the most successful of all federal reclamation projects—the Klamath Project, which drained much of the 128 square mile Lower Klamath Lake to provide 188,000 acres of irrigable land.
Natural geothermal hot wells provide heat for many homes, businesses and the OIT campus. The full potential of this energy resource continues to be studied. Klamath County is recognized for its scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, abundant waterfowl and diverse landscape.
Commissioners—James J. Bellet 2017, Kelley Minty Morris 2019, Tom Mallams 2017; Dist. Atty. Rob Patridge (2019); Assess. Leonard Hill 2017; Clerk Linda Smith 2019; Justice of the Peace Karen Oakes 2017; Sheriff Frank Skrah 2017; Surv. Mike Markus 2017; Treas. Jason Link 2017