Clatsop County is located on the northwest corner of Oregon on the rugged and beautiful coast, bounded on the north by the Columbia River and the west by the Pacific Ocean. Named for the Clatsop Indians, Clatsop County is rich in history, scenery and opportunity.
Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1805-06 here before starting its journey back East. Today Clatsop County is a major recreation center with ocean beaches, dense forests, mountains, rivers and streams. Miles of broad beaches offer beachcombing, digging for razor clams and quiet walks. State parks and waysides provide miles of hiking and bicycle trails, wildlife viewing, ocean views, picnic sites and overnight campgrounds. Lakes and rivers offer water-skiing, canoeing, boating, sailing and fishing. For golfers, there are four challenging courses.
Clatsop County’s population is 37,039 (2010 U.S. Census). The county seat, Astoria, is Oregon’s oldest city and the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and is within two hours drive of Portland.
The area has a coastal marine climate of moderate temperatures and frequent rains. The primary industries of Clatsop County are forestry, fisheries and tourist/recreation. The area is one of the principal marine fisheries regions of Oregon.
Clatsop County has excellent schools, well-supported school districts and a community college.