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Wasco County is bordered by two rivers, the Columbia to the north and the Deschutes to the east, and by the Warm Springs Indian Reservation on the south and Mt. Hood National Forest on the west. Wasco County shares political boundaries with Sherman, Wheeler, Jefferson, Clackamas, and Hood River Counties.
Points of interest include the Columbia and Deschutes Rivers, Fort Dalles Museum, Pulpit Rock, The Dalles Dam, Celilo Converter Station, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation and Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Mt. Hood, Sorosis Park, original Wasco County Courthouse, St. Peter's Landmark and the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center.
The Dalles is the county seat. Located along the shores of the Columbia and near the Deschutes River, it is the eastern gateway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and near the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Shaniko is at the intersection of U.S. Route 97 and Oregon Route 218. The city is at an elevation of 3,343 feet. On the high plateau on which Shaniko was built, the soil is thin and the vegetation sparse, consisting mainly of sagebrush, bunchgrass, and occasional junipers. Many peaks of the Cascade Range, including Hood, Jefferson, Adams, St. Helens and Rainier, are visible from the city. The population is about 35 people. It's almost a ghosttown. Check it out.
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Not sure what you'll like in Oregon?
Klamath County is home to Crater Lake National Park, one of Oregon's most popular visitor destinations. Created by the explosion of a massive volcano 7,000 years ago, the lake today offers year-round sightseeing and recreation opportunities.
Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. With snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline to the west and the wide-open high desert extending to the east, there is a lot of open country. It offers downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and golfing.
If the Pacific Coast is more your style try Lincoln County known for it's lighthouses and the Coast's most photographed seascape.