Prairie City Oregon

Gateway to the Strawberry Mountains

Information for

Visitors and Residents


Welcome to the Prairie City Oregon website. Nestled at the foot of the Strawberry Mountains, and straddling the Upper John Day River, Prairie City is the gateway to some of the most gorgeous and remote country in Eastern Oregon.

Originally established where placer gold was found, cattle ranching, timber and tourism are the current mainstays.

If you are into motorcycles, ATVs, hunting, snowmobiling, bicycles, mountain bikes, hiking, backpacking or cross country skiing, Prairie City is the hub of it all. Our valley is surrounded by mountains. Within National Forest, State and BLM lands there are hundreds of miles of paved and gravel roads, two-tracks, single tracks, and trails open to the public. You will never run out of places to explore! The adventure all begins and ends in Prairie City.

If you live here then this website contains resources to make life here even better.

Visitors are very welcome to come and explore. For a small town we have great accommodations including the super cool Historic Hotel Prairie, the very nice and recently upgraded Depot RV Park run by the City, numerous AirBNBs and other lodging. We have a few interesting shops and buildings and a historic restaurant, The Oxbow. But the best reason to visit is the excellent outdoor recreation opportunities.



on the resolution to ban psilocybin.

The measure passed.

There will be no such establishments in Prairie City


City of Prairie City

Incorporated in 1891, Prairie City is a municipality of about 950 residents.

City Hall

133 Bridge Street
Prairie City, Oregon 97869

PH: 541-820-3605, FAX: 541-820-3566


Mayor: Jim Hamsher

City Council Members:

  • Candy Reagan,
  • Brook Williams,
  • Scott Officer,
  • Chase McClung,
  • Jennifer Shaw,
  • Chase Bloom


City Recorder/Administrator: Shonalie Oakes

Public Works Director: Chris Camarena, PH: 541-620-3100
Public Works Supervisor: Tom Gangler
Public Works Technicians:

  • Andy Hutsell
  • Brain Hueckman
  • Michiel Patterson

Fire Chief: Marvin Rynearson, PH: 541-620-4380

Museum Director: Bob Shive

  • City Council Meeting Agenda and Past Minutes
  • Special Events Calendar
  • Mapping and Plats
  • Depot RV Park and Museum
  • Online Utilities Bill Pay
  • Public Works

Depot RV Park and Museum

Depot RV Park Museum

Depot RV Park is adjacent to the DeWitt Museum, just three blocks south of downtown on Main Street.

The former Sumpter Valley Railroad (SVRR) Depot building marks the western terminus of the railroad. It now houses the museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The RV park offers: full hookups for all spaces, a large covered gathering structure, WIFI, picnic area, playground and clean rest rooms with hot showers. All RV spaces were upgraded in 2020 with improved sewer, water and electric hookups which are now suitable for four-season use. The RV park is managed by the city. From May to September the RV park has an on-site host.


  • Full Hookup : $32/night, $680/month, Additional Vehicle $4
  • Tent with Car or Motorcycle $14/night
  • Tent with Bicycle or Hiker $8/night
  • Sewage Dump $10


This website and domain are hosted and maintained by the Greater Prairie City Community Association (GPCCA).

Links and content are free for anyone living in the greater Prairie City area. Let us know if you’d like to add content or links for your business or an organization/individual by contacting us via the GPCCA website.

Community Center

The GPCCA exists to serve the people of Prairie City and the surrounding area. The GPCCA also owns and maintains the Community Center for the benefit and use of all.