About Chiloquin

Williamson River

The city of Chiloquin, Oregon is located approximately 30 miles north of Klamath Falls in Klamath County. It is one mile east of Highway 97. The City limits boast of a population of 720. There is a small airport that parallels the highway. Chiloquin has an altitude of 4,200 feet. It is nestled in a small valley surrounded by mountains. The Williamson River runs through the center of town and joins with the Sprague River just to the south of the City limits. Fishing and hunting are favorite sports here. There are deer, elk and ducks in the area. Agency Lake is a favorite fishing place, while the Williamson River is considered one of Oregon's top trophy fly fishing waters.

Ducks on the Williamson River

Chiloquin is rich in its Indian heritage. A major portion of the population is of Native American descent. Chiloquin was the only incorporated city on an Indian Reservation, being incorporated in 1926. The Klamath Tribes of the area are the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin Band of Snake Paiute. There are Indian Pow-Wows, rodeos, parades, and several other celebrations held each year which are open to the public.

Future Bull Rider

The Klamath Tribes opened a casino in July 1997. The casino, Kla-mo-ya, is just two miles south of Chiloquin on Highway 97. There is also a gas station (with truck stop) and mini-mart. In the Fall of 2019 the Klamath Tribes opened a Sleep Inn & Suites on the same property as well.

Chiloquin is at a elevation of 4,181 feet. The area has a dry climate with an average rainfall of 20 inches, and and average snow fall of 62 inches per year. There are many kinds of trees in the area, including Ponderosa Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Willows, Juniper, Cedar, and Aspen just to mention a few. The temperatures of the area range from lows of minus 30 to highs of 100. Generally, however, our summers are quite mild and our winters rarely see temperatures of less than 0. Winter is a great time for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Snowy Morning Williamson River

The Industry of the area has been badly impacted due to the timber industry. The only mill in town closed some years ago, making widespread unemployment in the area. There is no major industry in the area at the present time; however a few miles from Chiloquin, Jeld-Wen has a large door manufacturing plant.

The City has two smaller food markets and a Dollar General, a medical center, a hardware store, an art gallery/gift shop, four eating establishments, a library, a Post Office, and two beauty shops, plus a large Community Center. The City has an elementary and high school, and kindergarten. There are several different denominations of churches in the City. It is also the home of the Klamath Tribes Administration, as well as the Klamath Tribal Health.

Two Rivers Art Gallery

The City has a volunteer fire department and a volunteer ambulance service.

Crater Lake National Park is 30 miles from Chiloquin. Another point of interest is Collier Park, which is just a few miles out of the City. Chiloquin is located approximately 100 miles south of Bend, which makes easy access to the skiing areas and the snowmobile trails.