Located about 30 miles south of Bend on Highway 97 is La Pine, a rural community surrounded by the splendor of the Cascades.
When it comes to natural beauty, La Pine has it all - clear, cold creeks and rivers full of trout, high country lakes, spectacular views of the mountains, and plenty of snow during the winter for recreationists.
The La Pine area has always been heavily dependent on ranching and logging as the basis of the local economy. But today, the sprawling south county community has developed into a popular retirement and recreation area.
La Pine is home to a sizable population of veterans. Though exact figures are not available, the Oregon Employment Department estimates that about 10 percent of the Central Oregon population are veterans.
Despite the steadily increasing population figures, many people move to the area with the intention of living a rural lifestyle. The area has tried to form a city several times over the past 20 years, and each time, voters overwhelmingly rejected incorporation.
Along with its independent character, one of La Pine’s strong points is the active volunteer spirit evident in virtually every aspect of the community, from the parks and recreation district to the senior center.
The Oregon Tourism Commission estimates tourism is increasing at the rate of 3 to 4 percent annually in south Deschutes County as tourists discover world class skiing at nearby Mount Bachelor Ski Resort, golf, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities in the area.
Though Native Americans have lived and traveled throughout Central Oregon since ancient times, the first European visitors were trappers and fur traders who came to the area in the 1830s. The La Pine area was first explored in 1843, when John C. Fremont’s exploration party passed through the area on the way south to Klamath Marsh.
In 1885, members of a railroad survey party under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers came north near where Rosland Road is now located.
Central Oregon Visitors Association
661 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 1301, Bend, OR 97702
La Pine Chamber of Commerce
51425 Highway 97, Suite A, La Pine