Known as the Tallest Town in Oregon, Lakeview sits at 4,802 feet elevation at the bottom of the Warner Mountains in the Goose Lake Valley and on the edge of Oregon’s high desert.
Town’s economy primarily consists of tourism, lumber, and agriculture. As of 2010, the Lakeview population was just 2,294 people. Lakeview climate can be described as the continental Mediterranean with hot summer days and cool summer nights and cold winters. Winter temperature can fall as low as -27°F ( -32.8°C) while summer can be as hot as 108°F (42.2°C).
The history of the human presence in the Lakeview area is dated as early as 14,000 years ago with Native Americans living here. A number of artifacts were found in the Paisley Caves near the Lakeview to indicate past human activity in the region.
European settlers started coming into the Lakeview area through the Goose Lake Valley with Hudson’s Bay Company trappers in 1827 and encountered Shoshone speaking Native Americans here. The first trapper exploring those places was Peter Skene Ogden and his group. Later in 1832 John Work came with his trappers and found the hot springs now called Hunter’s Hot Springs.
The town of Lakeview officially started its history with M. W. Bullard settled in the area in 1869 along the Bullard Creek. The first post office was opened in 1873 at the Tenbrook Ranch which was located south of the modern-day Lakeview location.
Lakeview history includes a huge fire that destroyed most of the town on May 22nd, 1900. A total of 64 buildings were burned to the ground, but fortunately, no lives were lost. The town was rebuilt almost entirely by the October same year, which was mainly attributed to the local politician and businessman Bernard Daly’s leadership and financing.
In 1911 the Lakeview got connected to Reno, Nevada by a narrow-gauge railway that was converted to the standard gauge railway after it got sold to Southern Pacific Railroad in 1927. This helped expand the town's economy by a few sawmills opening up along the railroad.
By 1940, 7 sawmills were operating in Lakeview and in the mid-1950s two uranium mines were operating in the mountains to the north of the town. Uranium Ore extraction and processing lasted until 1961 when the plant got closed down.
Nowadays, Lakeview is a small, but dynamic community with many things to see and do in and around the historic town.
Well-known geothermal springs, Hunter's Hot Springs is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a peaceful vibe. Hot sprigs is the ideal place to stay while exploring the attractions and destinations in the surroundings. One of the main attraction near Hunter's is Old Perpetual Geyser. The geyser releases a plume of sweltering hot water, erupting as high as 50 to 60 feet every 90 seconds.
Things to Do & See
Hunter's Hot Springs
Well-known geothermal springs, Hunter's Hot Springs is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a peaceful vibe. The hot springs is the ideal place to stay while exploring the attractions and destinations in the surroundings. One of the main attraction near Hunter's is Old Perpetual Geyser. The geyser releases a plume of sweltering hot water, erupting as high as 50 to 60 feet every 90 seconds.
Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge
Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge was established for purposes of conserving remnant herds of Pronghorn Antelope, the fastest land animal in North America. The breathtakingly scenic Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge offers a wide range of activities including wildlife observation, hiking, camping, rock hounding and soaking.
Sunstone Public Collection Area
Sunstone Public Collection Area is only one free public place in Oregon where visitors can collect sunstones for personal use. Recognized as the state gem, Oregon Sunstone is a unique transparent or translucent feldspar that contains small amounts of copper inclusions.