Okanogan has continued to be an important civic, cultural, and governmental hub in Okanogan County. The city hosts the Okanogan County Fair every September at the fairgrounds north of town (not to be confused with the Omak Stampede, which is a rodeo and “Suicide Race” in August).
Okanogan’s population has remained relatively stable over the last 50 years. It stood at 2,001 in the 1960 census and has since grown slowly and steadily to 2,484 in the 2000 census. The 2010 estimate by the state Office of Financial Management is 2,500, which puts it at a little more than half the population of Omak, estimated at 4,780. The Hispanic population is 10.1 percent, slightly higher than the statewide average, but far below the nearby cities of Brewster and Bridgeport, which are majority Hispanic.
Okanogan continues to take pride in its historic roots. In 2007, the town celebrated its centennial with parades, picnics, historical skits, and fireworks.
Meanwhile, the Okanogan County Historical Museum and Fire Hall remains the repository of the town’s past. The complex includes historical exhibits, an Old West replica town, the Frank Matsura photo collection, and a research center.
Okanogan County in North-Central Washington State has something for everyone ! From the rugged snow-capped North Cascade Mountains to tranquil rural charm, endless outdoor adventure and recreation to hand-crafted wines, concerts and fine dining, the adventure you have been dreaming of is right here!
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Okanogan Country offers wide-open spaces teeming with wildlife, spectacular scenery and rural charm. It features a diverse blend of snow covered peaks, small towns, western history, art galleries and museums, live theatre and concerts, farmers markets and fresh from the field produce stands, music festivals, rodeos, country fairs and two famous dams. The last of the “real West” lives side-by-side with world-renowned art and culture.
The area is dotted with hundreds of lakes, rivers and streams, and blessed by sunny days and clear, star-filled nights. Throughout Okanogan Country, river rafting, birdwatching, watersports, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, golf, rodeos, wildlife viewing, and more are available from spring through fall. Winter offers cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating and dogsledding. Everything is here for an affordable vacation and endless family fun! So browse our things to do and discover more about what Okanogan Country can offer you.