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Government Camp, Oregon
Census-designated place
Center of business district in Government Camp
Center of business district in Government Camp
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clackamas
Area
 • Total 0.75 sq mi (1.94 km2)
 • Land 0.75 sq mi (1.94 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 4,416 ft (1,346 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 193
 • Density 258/sq mi (99.6/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97028
FIPS code 41-30250
GNIS feature ID 1162594

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 the only town within 5 miles (8 km) of Mount Hood and therefore is the de facto "mountain town". 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.

The community is located within the Mount Hood Corridor on U.S. Route 26 (the Mount Hood Highway), near its intersection with Oregon Route 35 and the Barlow Pass summit of the Cascade Range. As of the 2010 census, the community had a population of 193.

Government Camp was given its name by settlers traveling the Barlow Road, who discovered several wagons abandoned there by the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen. A sign in front of the town's post office states, "Formerly a camp on the old Barlow Road, the village was named in 1849 when U.S Cavalry troops were forced to abandon wagons and supplies here."

Climate

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 (Köppen classification Csb or Csc), with cool, dry summers and cold, very wet winters with huge snowfall due to the powerful Aleutian Low.

Climate data for 1951-2005 Government Camp, Oregon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 35.6
(2)
38.4
(3.56)
40.7
(4.83)
45.3
(7.39)
52.8
(11.56)
59.4
(15.22)
68.2
(20.11)
68.3
(20.17)
63.2
(17.33)
53.7
(12.06)
41.3
(5.17)
36.6
(2.56)
50.3
(10.17)
Daily mean °F (°C) 29.9
(-1.17)
31.9
(-0.06)
33.8
(1)
37.6
(3.11)
43.9
(6.61)
50.0
(10)
57.1
(13.94)
57.3
(14.06)
52.8
(11.56)
45.0
(7.22)
35.3
(1.83)
30.9
(-0.61)
42.1
(5.61)
Average low °F (°C) 24.1
(-4.39)
25.4
(-3.67)
26.9
(-2.83)
29.9
(-1.17)
35.0
(1.67)
40.6
(4.78)
45.9
(7.72)
46.2
(7.89)
42.4
(5.78)
36.2
(2.33)
29.2
(-1.56)
25.2
(-3.78)
33.9
(1.06)
Precipitation inches (mm) 13.19
(335)
9.64
(244.9)
8.94
(227.1)
7.24
(183.9)
5.27
(133.9)
3.88
(98.6)
1.11
(28.2)
1.63
(41.4)
3.49
(88.6)
7.05
(179.1)
11.87
(301.5)
13.79
(350.3)
87.10
(2,212.3)
Snowfall inches (cm) 58.8
(149.4)
41.5
(105.4)
46.6
(118.4)
25.1
(63.8)
6.9
(17.5)
0.6
(1.5)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
5.5
(14)
31.3
(79.5)
50.6
(128.5)
267.1
(678.4)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center

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