Government Camp

Government Camp is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, south of Mount Hood and north of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. It is a gateway to several ski resorts, the most popular being Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Skibowl. Government Camp also has its own, smaller ski resort, Summit Ski Area. Somewhat farther east there is another very popular resort, Mount Hood Meadows. Government Camp was given its name by settlers traveling the Barlow Road, who discovered several wagons abandoned there by the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen.

Over the last decade, Government Camp went through a revitalization effort due to a Clackamas County urban renewal district. With that district expiring in 2007, the community had been looking at ways to maintain current services. At a town hall meeting on November 17, 2006, citizens voted 41-58 not to form a village. Many residents voted against the proposal in order to seek incorporation. In May 2010, residents of the community voted on incorporation, but the measure failed by a vote of 48 against incorporation and 35 in favor of incorporation. Had the city been formed, the city would have had 138 registered voters within the city limits at the time of formation.

New developments have revitalized the quaint mountain community into much more than your average ski town. A Bavarian-style, pedestrian-friendly downtown offers ski shops, a brewery and comfortable accommodations which attract visitors year-round.

Government Camp’s climate is borderline between the dry summer version of oceanic climate and the extremely rare dry summer version of subpolar oceanic climate, with cool, dry summers and cold, very wet winters with huge snowfall due to the powerful Aleutian Low.