The Dalles Community

It’s a town of hard-working people who come together to make extraordinary things happen. Things like:

  • Building the Q-Life 18-mile fiber optic loop
  • Recruiting Google to build a data center
  • Constructing a 9-mile waterfront trail for running, walking and cycling
  • Renewing its historic downtown business district

Located along the banks of the mighty Columbia River, just 84 miles east of Portland, The Dalles is the eastern gateway to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Three hundred days of sun (annually) nurture bountiful agricultural products, including world-renowned cherries, grapes and wheat.

Cyclists, geocachers, hikers, hunters, fishers, history buffs, wind sports enthusiasts and wine lovers have discovered The Dalles and its surrounding area.

Area History

Steeped in history and culture, the area served as a center of Native American trade for 10,000 years. Lewis & Clark camped along the shores, and pioneers on the Oregon Trail had to make a decision at The Dalles whether to brave a crossing of the Columbia River or to continue by land, up and around 11,000 foot Mt. Hood.

Area Statistics

The Dalles’ population is just over 13,000 with a service area of approximately 85,000 and is home to Columbia Gorge Community College, which offers the first wind-power training program in the Pacific Northwest, Google’s Data Center, numerous orchards, vineyards and wineries, and a thriving business community.

While Portland accumulates 37 inches of rain annually and, nearby Hood River County receives 31 inches, The Dalles receives only 14.41 inches.