Everything You Need to Know

About Germaine and Wilbur County, Oregon



Tucked into the southern folds of the Ochoco Mountains of Central Oregon, the quiet little town of Germaine straddles beautiful Tamarack Creek as it winds its way down into the South Fork of the Crooked River. Situated on the borderland between the forest and the great High Desert of Eastern Oregon, Germaine is beginning to awaken from its sleepy past, ready to take on the contemporary world.

Although none of them are particularly easy to get to, some nearby towns are Izee, Suplee, Seneca and Paulina. The nearest city of any size is Burns, on U.S. Highway 20.

The people of Germaine, like true Americans everywhere, pride themselves on their individualism and self-sufficiency.


The population of Wilbur County has changed substantially since the last census. We will give you updated figures, as soon as they become available.

The ethnic breakdown is approximately as follows:

• Caucasion 67%
• Native American* 16%
• Hispanic 11%
• African American 1%
• Asian American 1%
• Basque 1%
• Won’t Say 4%

  * [self-identified.]

Median Income:

$19, 238 and growing

Average Home Price:


Average Home Value:



Germaine is proud of its schools. Chief Paulina Elementary School has an award-winning teaching team, and Old Paiute High School has produced some of the finest citizens in the State of Oregon. Besides the public schools, Germaine is also home to a Christian school, and a private secular school.


Wilbur County farms raise mint, potatoes and lots of alfalfa, which helps to supply the big Harney County cattle ranches. But we are also famous for our Tamarack Valley Honeydews.

We like our meat and potatoes here, but as one cowboy said, “Honey, dew give me one of them big tasty melons.”

Business Climate:

While the road to Germaine is not yet well traveled, it has strategically positioned itself as a way-station on the Information Superhighway. High tech firms in Bend, Prineville and Burns have recently shown interest in relocating to our lovely valley.

Germaine also has its own manufacturing sector, anchored by A-Gro Cultures, Inc., an organic fertilizer firm, whose patented products are sold to organic farmers worldwide.

If you are a business owner, and you would like to explore relocating to Germaine, our friendly Chamber of Commerce will gladly assist you.

Civic Organizations:

Germaine has a lively civic life which includes something for everyone. To explore further what we have to offer, go to organizations.

Theater and the Arts:

Theater and the arts are important element in the life of Germaine and Wilbur County. We have our own community theater group, The Strawberry Mountain Players, which is renowned throughout Central Oregon.

Germaine sports a couple of art galleries, and an open-mic poetry scene. We also have our own local bands. Jasper and the Germaines, is an old-timey country band, and The Kowboy Killers is a youth-oriented “Punk” group.


Germaine is a stop-over for visitors taking the back roads into the Ochocos. The Outdoor Survival Store at North Plains Junction provides outdoor supplies of all kind, as well as workshops on survival and skills for simple and ecological living.

Beautiful Lake Germaine in north Wilbur County is famous in these parts for its fishing and its duck hunting marshes. Old Paiute Lodge and The Longhouse Restaurant provide a destination resort for new agers and nature lovers of all kinds. Great camping and hiking are also a good reason to visit.