Cascade Locks Community Profile

PO Box 308, 140 Wanapa Street, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
Phone 541-374-8484 • Fax 541-374-8752
Web Page • E-Mail:

City Location

County(ies): Hood River    Incorporated in 1935
Location: Northwest Oregon along the Columbia River
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: I-84 | local access
Nearest Major City and Distance:
Gresham| 27 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 27 minutes
Distance to Portland: 45 miles

Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, State of Oregon Map; Oregon Blue Book

Recreational Amenities

Local area attractions include: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Crown Point, Bridge of the Gods, Multnomah Falls, Ainsworth Park, Bridal Veil Park, Pacific Crest Trail, Eagle Creek Park, Herman Creek Park, Columbia River, Sternwheeler, Carson Hot Springs Golf, Beacon Rock Golf, Skamania Lodge (Stevenson), Columbia Gorge Visitors Center (Stevenson), Port of Cascade Locks Marine Park, Bonneville Dam, Several hiking and biking trails, windsurfing, sailing, Columbia Gorge Historic Highway hiking and biking trails, and boating.

Planning a vacation or a tour through an area of Oregon? Visit the Oregon Tourism Commission's web site at for more information.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, local convention and visitor bureau


Elevation: 103'      Measurement Location: Cascade Locks

Monthly Ave. Low: 29°F           Monthly Ave. High: 81°F
Hottest Month: August                  Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July                    Wettest Month: December
Average annual precipitation: 31.000"

Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July afternoon humidity: 62%
Average January afternoon humidity: 82%

Source: Oregon Climate Service

Information in the Community Profiles was derived from many sources, including local, state and federal sources. The Oregon Business Development Department cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Questions and comments may be directed to the department by telephone 503-986-0123, by fax 503-581-5115 or by email

Profile Topics

Community Age Groups
Industries and Products
Demographic Data
5 Largest Employers
Economic Development Orgs
Financial Institutions
Business Taxes
Public Safety
Community Communications
Water Supply
Wastewater Treatment System
Natural Gas & Electrical

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City of Cascade Locks930 1,115 1,155 1,155
Hood River County 16,903 20,411 21,180 21,335
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.

Hood River County 533 sq miles   40 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

Under 5 years0 0 66 76

5-19 years0 0 217 264

20-44 years0 0 367 406

45-64 years0 0 165 239

65+ years0 0 115 130

Median Age0 0 33 35.9

Source: US Census, 0 or N/A indicates data is not available. Median value is the middle value, not an average.


Total Housing Units1970198019902000Median Value of
Housing, 2000
City of Cascade Locks229 370 412 476 $93,500
Hood River County 4,228 6,068 7,569 7,818 $152,400

City of Cascade Locks 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:10.29%
Median Owner Cost
Owner Occupied:291

Renter Occupied:136
Median Gross Rent:$464

Source: US Census. Median value is the middle value, not an average.

Economic Development and Employment

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Hood River County—Agriculture, food processing, lumber, recreation and tourism, electronics and electronics manufacturing

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Hood River County—Tree fruits and nuts, specialty products, miscellaneous animals

Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Hood River County 68

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City: 3
Source: City Administration

Economic Indicators

Hood River CountyOregon


Labor Force11,28111,6621,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment Rate9.2%9.4%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment8,6408,6801,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment10,21510,4801,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$22,460$22,600$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units983998108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$481,178$498,595$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$$24,151$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$1,586$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)





Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$65,700$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment01,06089,80091,10090,200

 Preliminary Data
Sources: Oregon Employment Department; Center for Population Research & Census, PSU; U.S. Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Oregon Tourism Commission; Oregon Department of Revenue; Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.

5 Largest Employers, Public and Private as of February, 2002

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
Cascade Wood Components—Lumber 42

Bear Mountain Forest Products—Wood Fuel Pellets 34

Chinook Sailing Products—Light Manufacturing 23

Green Hill Lumber Co., Inc—Wood Products 20

Columbia River Inn—Tourism 13

Source: City Administration

Oregon Employment Labor Market Information

This link takes you to the Oregon Employment Department, Labor Market Analysis database. County information can be obtained here.—Click on Regional Information.

Local and Regional Economic Development Organizations

City of Cascade Locks— 541-374-8484

Port of Cascade Locks—http:// 541-374-8619

Hood River County EDC 541-387-6840

Columbia Gorge Economic Development Association— 541-296-2266

Mt. Hood Economic Alliance 503-228-5565

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments— 541-298-4101

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District— 541-296.2266

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer— 503-353-4411

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Hood River County School District
PO Box 920
Hood River, OR 97031-0030
Phone: 541-386-2511
Fax: 541-387-5007
Web site:

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—252
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—3,859

Other Schools in the School District (Private, Parochial)
To see if there are private and/or parochial schools in this district please visit

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Community Colleges and Public Universities

Oregon map with higher ed institutions identified

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For a list of public and private educational institutions in Oregon visit


Oregon Economic and Community Development Department Workforce Advocate 503–986–0207, or visit Locate local workforce assistance at

Financial Information

Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks: 0   Savings and Loans: 0   Credit Unions: 1

Source: City Administration


Sales Tax Oregon has no general sales tax.

Property Tax
Property—Who pays? Owners of real and business personal property, according to the assessed value of taxable residential, commercial, farm, industrial, utility and timber property.

County assessors use permanent rates set for all taxing districts in fiscal year 1997–98, when taxes were significantly reduced with a statewide average 17 percent cut in tax levies. Certain types of levies are outside this reduction. The tax rates cannot exceed $15 per $1,000 of real market value. For 1997–98, all property was valued by county assessors at 90 percent of the July 1, 1995, levels. For subsequent years, assessed values are limited to a 3 percent annual growth rate. Construction since July 1, 1995, is valued at the average rate of similar properties in the area. Business personal property requires annual filing. One–third payment is due by November 15. If fully paid by November 15, a 3 percent discount is allowed. Special exemptions, tax relief programs and deferrals are available. For more information contact the Hood River County assessor’s office at 541–386–4522.

Tax rates are representative of the largest tax code in the city. The rates are expressed as tax liability per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Hood River County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$11.61
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$11.71
Average 1999 Housing Value$98,700
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$1,115.78
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$1,155.78
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $7.44

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $5.12

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $2.71

Business Taxes
Property—see above

Income—Corporations doing or authorized to do business in Oregon pay excise tax. Corporations not doing or authorized to do business, but having income from an Oregon source, pay income tax. For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–378–4988,

Unemployment Insurance—Employers pay this. For 2002, new employers are assigned a fixed rate of 3 percent of taxable wage base. Tax rates for existing employers are based on employers' experience and range from 1 percent to 5.4 percent of taxable wage base. Taxes are paid quarterly and are due by the end of the month following the quarter. In 2002, the tax is paid on the first $25,000 of wages paid to each employee. The rate schedule in effect depends on the balance in the Trust Fund as of August 31 each year and the amount of revenue needed to maintain the balance at a level adequate to pay benefits. For more information contact the Oregon Employment Department, 875 Union St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–947–1488, web

Utilities, Railroad, Weight-mile—Who pays? All railroads and investor-owned utilities operating with the state pay an annual fee. For-hire and private motor carriers operating into, within and through the state pay weight-mile taxes. Rates—limit of .25 percent of gross operating revenues of investor-owned utilities; .25 percent charged on 2002 revenues. Limit of .35 percent on gross operating revenues of railroads; .267 percent charged in 2002 revenues. Applications, plate fees and per-mile rates dependent on declared combined weight of vehicle. For more information contact the Oregon Public Utility Commission, 550 Capitol St., NE, Suite 215, Salem, OR 97301–2551, 503–378–6611, web; Oregon Department of Transportation, Rail Section, 555 13th St., NE, Salem, OR 97310–1333, 503–986–4125, web; Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transport Branch, 550 Capitol St., NE, Salem, OR 97301–3871, 503–378–6699, web

Oregon's Business Incentives.

Other incentives: Enterprise Zone

Motor Vehicle Licensing, Driver Licensing, Fuels—Who pays? Owners and operators of motor vehicles. Oil companies importing fuels. Truckers using Oregon highways. Fees—Registration fees, driver license fees and renewals (contact the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services division 503–945–5000, web

Hunting and Fishing Licenses—contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, PO Box 59, Portland, OR 97207, general information 503–872–5268, licenses/tags/permits 503–872–5275, web

Amusement Device Tax—An excise tax is imposed upon every person who operates an amusement device in Oregon. An amusement device is a video lottery game terminal. More information from the Oregon Lottery Commission, 500 Airport Rd SE, Salem, 97301, web

Emergency Communications (9–1–1) Tax—Telephone companies providing local exchange access services in Oregon Collect this tax from their customers. The tax, which is $0.75 per line per month, is reported and paid quarterly. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Hazardous Substance Fee—Paid by possessors of nonpetroleum hazardous substance. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Petroleum Load Fee—Paid by petroleum suppliers and importers to Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Timber Severance Tax—Paid by timber owners on harvested timber’s value. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Forest Products Harvest Tax—Paid on timber cut from any land in Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Dry Cleaning Tax—Paid by operators of dry cleaning facilities. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Alcoholic Beverages—Manufacturers and/or import wholesalers of malt beverages and wines pay a privilege tax. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines pay license fees. Employees who serve alcoholic beverages pay for service permits. For more information contact the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, PO Box 22297, Portland, OR 97222, 503–872–5000 or 1–800–452–6522 (in Oregon), web

Tobacco Products—Cigarette and tobacco products distributors are required to purchase tax stamps for cigarettes or pay a percentage of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Transit Payroll Tax–paid by employers in the Tri-Met (Portland area) and Lane Transit District (Eugene) for mass transit systems. Administered by the Department of Revenue, web

Many local governments in Oregon collect other taxes, such as hotel-motel taxes. Contact the city or county in which you are interested for more complete information about taxes in that area.

Source: Oregon Department of Revenue, “A Summary of Taxes,” January 2002; County information–County Assessor’s Office

Community Services and Resources

Public Safety/Emergency Services

Fire Station(s) serving community: Cascade Locks Fire Department, 1 station
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 18
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 0*
Comments: 1998 data; *ISO rating unreported in directory
Source: Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fire Service Resource Directory 2000

Police Department: Contract with County Sheriff & Hood River City Police
Number of paid and reserve officers: 3
Comments: Cops in the School one day per week thru the City of Hood River. Community Resource Office - .25 FTE thru the City of Hood River.

Nearest Hospital and distance: Hood River Memorial Hospital, 18 miles to Hood River
Regional Hospital and distance: Hood River Memorial Hospital, 18 miles to Hood River
Emergency services to community: Ambulance Service, Life Flight Service
General Clinic(s): 0

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: Quarterly City Newsletter - The Locks Tender; Hood River News; School Sign, Local Access Cable TV Channel 3

Regional Newspapers: The Oregonian

Radio Stations: 2 local stations in Hood River

TV Stations: community receives Portland stations and Community Access Station, KATU, KOIN, KGW, KPTV, KPDX

Available Cable Television: Cascade Locks Cable TV

Telephone Service Provider(s): Sprint

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: 4
Source: City Administration

Library System
1 public library branch

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan2001 2001 2006
Zoning Ordinance

Building Permit System
ORD #350
Subdivision Ordinance

Strategic Plan

Territory Covered by Zoning
Municipality Yes     County No
Source: City Administration

Industrial Lands
Does the Community seek industrial development? Yes
Access Statewide industrial lands database—
Source: Economic and Community Development Department

Special Districts and Associations (ports, water, sewer, etc.)
Name of Special District and the Oregon Revised Statute it was created under:
Port of Cascade Locks, ORS

Special Districts Association of Oregon—727 Center St., NE Salem, OR 97301, 503–371–8667 or 800–285–5461
Source: City Administration


Water Supply

Operator: City of Cascade Locks
District: City of Cascade Locks
Source: Ground Water; Wells
Supply: Treated; Capacity (MGD)–1.3; Pressure (PSI)–90

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 0.38 MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: Base rate per/thousand =$2.13 + meter maintenance fee based on meter size 5/8" rate+ $2.13 + 5.88
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons = $20.79

Age of Water System: 1935

Water System Comment(s): System development charges $225.00. Hook up fees/other connection fees $6.95 per foot or frontage + costs. Water system is excellent quality. Standard Residential SDC - $812.00 Tapping Fee $518.00

Compliance Issues: None

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? No

Date of Current Master Plan: 1999

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding: 800,000 gallon reservoir planned as well as several 1000 feet of main line upgrade
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Cascade Locks          Age of Wastewater Collection System: 1998
District: None

System Design Capacity (MGD): 400.00 MGD     System Utilization (MGD): .160 MGD
Collection System Fees: see below    Hook-up or Connection Fee: actual costs
Access Fee or System Development Fee: $1190 SOC fee - Tapping fee based on time and materials. Collection System Fees - $37.50 for up to 10,000 gallons of water used or 6.58/1000 gal water

Comment(s) on Wastewater System: New treatment plant - 1998.

Compliance Issues: None

Date of Last Facility Plan: 1993

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: None

Storm Drain: Yes    Storm Water Discharge Fee:
Fees or issues related to storm drains: None
Source: City Administration


Is there access to broadband

If yes, check all that apply:

Is there route diversity? No
AccessMonthly FeeOther Fee
T1 Yes
Cable Yes 49.99 res. 125.00 coml

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit

Natural Gas—Provider: None
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Electrical—Provider: Cascade Locks
Lines and Feed: Lines are city owned; fed from BPA

Rate Structure In city residents: .0640/kwh + $10.50 system maintenance fee
Rural residents: .0640/kwh + $11.50 system maintenance fee

In city commercial: .0515/kwh up to 15,000 kwh + $15.25 maintenance fee
Rural commercial: .0595/kwh up to 15,000 kwh + $12.00 system maintenance fee

Commercial over 15,000 kwh .0345/kwh; over 50,000 negotiable

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Solid Waste Management: Waste Connections, Inc. dba Hood River Garbage Service

Permit Status: Exclusive Collection Resolution

Utility Expansion Plans: only if needed

Utilities Source: City Administration; PGE information supplied by PGE. Note: We update utility rates periodically. Actual rates may change more often than that. For the most current rate for any carrier please consult the Public Utilities Commission web site at Click on the Statistics 200x label (x being the most recent year).


Highways I-84 E/W route, local access   Transportation Access Fee: $0

Community Air Service Yes Cascade Locks Airport If no local service, list closest Air Facility
Air Passenger Service: No
Airport Freight Service: No
Portland International Airport, 35 miles
Air Service Comments:

Rail Service: Yes Union Pacific
Freight Service: Yes    Passenger Service: No
If no local service, list closest Rail Service:

Marine Yes
Description: Commercial dock and marina in Cascade Locks; deep water port 60 miles to Port of Portland;Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler
Docks, Port Facilities: marina, 37 slip; transient dock, public boat
Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: expansion and improvements to industrial park

Transportation issues which might confront development, such as non-attainment air shed, etc.:

Public Transportation Comment:

Bus Service Available in the Community: Yes Greyhound, Columbia Area Transit
Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes    Buses Per Day: 1
Local Charter Services: Yes 
Distance to Nearest Bus Service: local

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes  UPS, Freightway, FedEx
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes FedEx, UPS
Overnight Express Mail Service Available: Yes
Transportation Comments:

For more information relating to transportation topics please visit the Department of Transportation web site. Airports (maps and general information); Bicycle and Pedestrian Route information; Public Transportation, bus and rail

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce (proprietary information)