Visit Historic Sumpter

Gateway to the Blue Mountains

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We invite you to come discover the history of the gold in Sumpter, Oregon.  Gather your friends, family, and four-legged pets (yes, dogs are welcome on the property with leash) and head up the scenic drive to our oasis in the Elkhorns.  Come breathe the fresh mountain air, hear the sound of the Powder River, and experience the history of the Gold. It is but a short 30 minute drive from Baker City and I-84 or 60 minutes from John Day.

Our contact information below – address, phone, email and Facebook – are all available for you to begin this journey to the past.  We look forward to seeing you this season!

Contact Info & Hours

Sumpter Dredge State Heritage Area

Open Daily 7am-7pm, May 1-Oct 31

Come enjoy the many walking paths while you wait for the doors of the dredge to open from 8am to 5pm.

Interpretive Center

Open Daily Mon-Thurs 10am – 4pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm, May 1-Oct 31

Visit the Interpretive Center and Gift shop for some additional history of the Sumpter area, the Dredge, and surrounding attractions.  We have a wonderful inventory of books, maps, jewelry, rocks and souvenirs.

Friends of the Dredge

Always open!

Our board members and park hosts welcome you to this unique experience of the Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge. Enjoy!

Address, Map and Directions


Directions coming from the West:

  • Take Highway 26 East from John Day for 28 miles.
  • Take a left on Highway 7 at Austin Junction.
  • Stay on Highway 7 for 25 miles.
  • Take a left on OR-410.
  • Stay on OR-410 for 3 miles until you reach the town of Sumpter.
  • Take a left on Austin St.

Our Address:

575 SW Dredge Loop Rd
Sumpter, Oregon 97877


Directions coming from the East:

  • Take Highway 7 West from Baker City for 25.5 miles.
  • Take a Right on OR-410.
  • Stay on OR-410 for 3 miles until you reach the town of Sumpter.
  • Take a left on Austin St.

Dredge + Visitor Center

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The Friends of the Sumpter Valley Dredge is committed to maintaining the history of the dredge for today, tomorrow, and for future generations to learn and enjoy.

Our Amazing Support

This project has been funded in part by a grant from Travel Oregon and Oregon Cultural Trust.

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575 SW Dredge Loop Rd
Sumpter, Oregon 97877
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The Visitor Center and the Park will be open May 1st!! We will be following OHA and CDC guidelines to keep visitors and staff safe and healthy.