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Sumpter is tucked away in the Wallowa Whitman Forest, in the Elkhorn Mountains, about 30 miles Southwest of Baker City and about 10 miles from Phillips Lake.
Some basic facts………
Population: 283 See the entire 2010 US Census report Sumpter here.
Zip Code: 97877-9998
Elevation: 4424 Feet Latitude: -44.73 Longitude: -118.26
County: Baker Mountain Range: Elkhorn Mountains
Incorporated: Feb 6th, 1901 Charter: June 22, 1972
Industry: Mining and Tourism
Emergency Services: Sumpter Volunteer Fire Department
Emergency backup: Powder River Rural
Always Dial 911
If you need more info, please contact City Hall here.
Get directions to Sumpter here.
McEwen Bible Fellowship
Pastor Dan Martin
Sunday School – 9:45 am
Church Services – 11 am at McEwen
St. Brigids in The Pines
The Reverend Richard Thew
1st & Third Sundays
Services at 11 am
We have one gas station, two small general stores, and three restaurants.
Unfortunately, we have NO ATM MACHINE. We encourage you to bring plenty of cash. Don’t worry…..local businesses do accept ATM cards for purchases only, but most flea market vendors do not . No matter what the season – you should always be prepared for any type of weather! Be prepared to do some walking…….the flea market is spread throughout Sumpter! However, there is a free shuttle bus provided on Sat & Sun of each flea market by Community Connections of Baker City.
Learn more about the Flea Markets here.
Yes you can get cell phone coverage up here in the mountains on the Verizon Tower…and a new AT&T Tower is now being built. You can check your emails and surf the internet down at the Sumpter Library daily, but is closed on Sundays, from 11 am – 3 pm and from 4 pm – 7 pm on Wednesdays. The Sumpter Branch of the Baker County Library District is open Mon & Tues depending on availability of volunteers, and there is a librarian available Wed-Sat. You can use the Free Wi-Fi signal anytime! You can receive the Wi-Fi single while parked outside the building, even when the library is closed. Visit them on Facebook: Sumpter Library
Your canine friends are always welcome in Sumpter….but please keep in mind all dogs are required to be on a leash at all times while within the City Limits of Sumpter.
The speed limit in Sumpter is 25 mph ~ 15 mph for ATV’s and Snowmobiles. ATV’s and Snowmobiles are allowed on all city streets. But, you cannot ride on the State Highway (Mill St.) It’s a State law and enforced by the Baker County Sheriff. Our city streets offer access to the trail systems that surround Sumpter. But they are still City streets!
The Dredge Tailings that dominate the Sumpter Valley are mostly all privately owned, so please be respectful of their property. If you’re looking to pan for gold……you can take free gold panning lessons at the Sumpter Valley Dredge on weekends throughout the season (May 1st – Oct 30th) courtesy of the ORPD Rangers. Additional gold panning is only allowed at designated sites within the park. You will need a prospecting permit, available from the Sumpter Dredge State Park. Prospecting permits are free and good for that day only. For more information, visit Friends of The Dredge. Due to the historic nature of the State Park, Metal Detectors are not allowed.
“There’s no snow like Sumpter snow!”
For you snow lovers out there…………Sumpter is always open! The State keeps us plowed on a daily basis during the winter. You can ride your snowmobile anywhere in town, except on Mill St. which is the state highway in Sumpter….
Winter means The Poker Run in February! Get more information and see photos at the SVBM Snowmobile Club.
The Oregon State Park is home to both the Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge and the Sumpter Valley Railroad Depot in Sumpter. The Day Use area is a great place to park for the day. The Park is closed from Oct 30th to May 1st, but snow enthusiasts can enjoy the park all winter! Snowmobiles and Snowshoes are great ways to enjoy the State Heritage Area….Snowboards are great too!