Meet Wasco County's Towns

Wasco County is home to 25,775 residents spanning over almost 2400 square miles.  With an incredible diversity of towns ranging from The Dalles (population 15,340) to Shaniko (36), visitors can have a unique experience wherever they travel in Wasco County!  Wasco County is bounded by the eastern slopes of Mt. Hood on the west, the Columbia River to the north, the scenic and wild Deschutes River on the east, and the high desert to the south. Each community embodies their own piece of this diverse landscape with their strong personalities. 
Welcome to Wasco County-come explore! 

Antelope    Dufur    Maupin 
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The City of Antelope is steeped in history from its time as a stage and freight wagon stop along the Old Dalles Road to its run ins with the Rajneesh in the 1980's there are some great stories to hear! Only an 8-mile scenic drive off of the Hwy 97 corridor, its an easy visit as you're exploring south Wasco County! 

  Dufur offers the visitor grand vistas, great outdoor recreation, including rafting, amazing cycling, motorcycling and a glimpse into another time through our murals, museums, and historic sites. These sites tell the story of a land so rich in history, so rich in resources and so diversified.   The Maupin area offers a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. A small town pace in an area filled with unspoiled desert beauty will set your visit in the right frame of mind. If you're looking for a river adventure, or just a place to pull up a chair and enjoy the river view, Maupin is the perfect place to visit! The only City located along the banks of the lower Deschutes River, Maupin is the river rafting and fishing center of Wasco County!
 Mosier    Shaniko    The Dalles


Located in the heart of the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the City of Mosier is a small community with a lot going on. The Historic Columbia River Highway (Route 30) runs through Mosier's Main Street, and an 8.5 mile segment closed to vehicles terminates right on the edge of town. Arriving by bike from Hood River, or taking a stroll out of town is encouraged!   Shaniko was founded at the temporary western terminus of the railroad and one of the largest sheep stations around. Today it is classified as a ghost town, and its 30 or so residents embrace this existence. Shaniko provides a great opportunity to explore a place "where the west still lives!"    Sunsational adventures and real Oregon history at the gateway of the Columbia Gorge! Located at the scenic entrance of the Columbia Gorge, The Dalles is one of Oregon’s best escapes. With 300 days of sun a year and fantastic recreational opportunities, it’s a wonderland for cyclists, hikers, river rafters, fisherman, art lovers, and history buffs. Steeped in tradition and surrounded by natural beauty, The Dalles radiates a cultural experience where destiny meets reality.
Tygh Valley   Wamic/Pine Hollow    
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Tygh Valley is considered the start of the Barlow Toll Road, and is steeped in the history of the Oregon Trail.  It is also home to the Wasco County Fair Grounds and White River Falls.

  Wamic is a great place to grab a bite and jump off for great access to the fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping available in South Wasco County! Visit the adjoining community of Pine Hollow to explore the reservoir and enjoy the fishing and water activities it provides.