About Lincoln County

With miles of beach and coastline, Lincoln County is one of the most popular visitor destinations on the Oregon Coast. Named for President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln County was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1893. Lincoln County has a very temperate climate, and a short but productive growing season.

Facts About Lincoln County
County Seat Courthouse, 225 W Olive St., Rm. 201
Newport 97365
Phone: 541-265-6611 (General);
541-265-4236 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 541-265-4950
Established Feb. 20, 1893
Elev. at Newport 134'
Area 992 sq. mi.
Average Temp. January 44.4°, July 57.6°
Population 44,520 (2006 census)
Assessed Value $5,142,317,576
Real Market Value $6,465,344,485
Annual Precipitation 71.93"
Principal Industries Tourism, government, services/retail, forest products and fishing.


Points of interest
Depoe Bay

Known as "the whale watching capital of the world" and the world's smallest harbor.

Points of Interest:

  • Boiler Bay (1 mile north)
  • Devil's Punch Bowl State Natural Area (5 miles south)
  • Otter Crest Viewpoint (3.5 miles south)
  • Whale Watch Center
Lincoln City

Offers more than 2,000 hotel/motel/bed and breakfast rooms, and resorts as well as the Siletz Tribe's Chinook Winds Casino.

Points of Interest:

  • Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy
  • Devils Lake

Known as Oregon's oceanography research center, features numerous interpretive centers, Marine Hatfield Science Center, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, along with a large fishing fleet and working bayfront with restaurants, shops and charter boats.

Points of Interest:

  • Agate Beach (1 mile north)
  • Beverly Beach State Park (7 miles north)
  • Cascade Head (north of the city)
  • Lincoln County Historical Museum
  • Newport Performing and Visual Arts Centers
  • OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and Interpretive Center
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • South Beach State Park (south of the city)
  • Yaquina Art Center
  • Yaquina Bay State Park and Lighthouse
  • Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Home of the Administration Center and reservation of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.


Known as Lincoln County's industrial center and offers antique shops and dining in the downtown area.

Points of Interest:

  • Antique shops and art galleries
  • Historic railroad display

Features the Alsea Bay Interpretive Center.

Points of Interest:

  • Alsea Bay Interpretive Center
  • Port of Alsea
  • Seal Rock State Park (4 miles north)
  • Waldport Heritage Museum

Known as the "Gem of the Oregon Coast" with a community of artists and writers.

Points of Interest:

  • Cape Perpetua Visitors' Center (3 miles south)
  • Heceta Lighthouse (14 miles south)