Welcome to Maupin, Oregon

The only city located directly on the beautiful lower Deschutes River. Maupin began as a river crossing, then called Hunt’s Ferry, and later on evolved into a farming and logging community. Maupin has retained it’s small town quality of life with a community of 490 people. Aside from having direct access to recreational opportunities on the lower Deschutes, Maupin is also just 45 minutes by car from Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge and two hours from Bend or Portland. Maupin is also an important center of services for the southern Wasco County region. All of the schools for the South Wasco County School District are located directly in town. In addition Maupin boasts a robust tourism industry summer into fall and a steadily growing local business community.


Mission Statement

“…We are a safe, progressive community that cares for all our citizens and visitors while protecting our natural resources and maintaining our rural heritage…”


History of Maupin

Maupin bears the name of one of the most celebrated of Oregon pioneers. Howard Maupin was born in Clay Co., Kentucky in 1815, and when he was about 15 years old moved to Missouri. He came to Oregon in 1863 and after spending a short time in the Willamette Valley, went to central Oregon. He first settled in Antelope Valley.

The famous central Oregon Chief Paulina and his renegade Indians stole all of Maupin’s stock shortly after he settled in Antelope Valley.

Maupin established a stopping place for travelers and in 1871 was the first postmaster of the town of Antelope. He had a farm at the forks of Trout Creek and it was near that location that Paulina stole more of his stock. Maupin pursued the Indians and surprised them near Paulina Basin, where he killed the old chief, who had been the terror of settlers for several years.

Maupin was a veteran of the Mexican War and was said to be a crack shot. Later he had a ferry on Deschutes River near the mouth of Bakeoven Creek, which was subsequently owned by W.E. Hunt. The place was then called Hunts Ferry. W. H. Staats bought the town site when the railroads were built up Deschutes Canyon and named the place Maupin Ferry, but the postal authorities cut off the last word and since about 1909 the place has been called Maupin.

Source: Oregon Geographic Names, Sixth Edition, 1992, Lewis L. McArthur, Oregon Historical Society Press, ISBN O-87595-237-2.

Welcome from The Mayor

Speech to City Council and the public from newly elected Mayor Karen DuPuis Jan. 2, 2013

Maupin residents voiced their opinion in November. They requested a change. Change, although uncertain, is a necessary means to keep current in an ever changing world. Philosophy, economics, culture, all influence our current status. If we fail to recognize the need to adjust and adapt to the ebb and flow of the world around us, including our very local world, we are establishing an environment that will in the least falter, and potentially fail.

As an elected official, it is my duty and the duty of my fellow electorate, to keep pace with the needs and requirements of our local city. Sometimes the necessary needs or requirements may have an adverse effect of individuals, but the greater good that must be realized is for our city as a whole, not individual benefactors.

It is evident there are some among us who fear what lies ahead and wish to maintain the status quo. That is not my objective, and I will work tirelessly to create an environment where fairness and trust abound.

As I take office today, I continue my campaign pledge for change and for fairness that will have a positive outcome for the citizens of our city.

Stay tuned....its a learning process!

Community Info


408 Deschutes Ave.
PO Box 308
Maupin OR 97037
Office hours: 9 AM-4 PM (Monday-Friday)
Closed from Noon- 1PM for Lunch
Phone: 541-395-2698
Fax: 541-395-2499

City Council Meets:
Fourth Wednesdays 6:30pm

Planning Commission Meets:
Second Tuesdays 7:00pm

See Agendas & Minutes page for location details, special sessions, cancellations, etc…

Community Contacts

South Wasco County School District #1
PO Box 346
Maupin OR 97037
Phone: 541-395-2645

Southern Wasco County Library
410 Deschutes Ave
Maupin OR 97037
Phone: 541-395-2208

Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program
419 E. Seventh Street
The Dalles, Oregon 97058-2676
Phone: 541-506-2632
Fax: 541-506-2601


Wasco County Sheriff
Phone: 541-296-5454 (non-emergency)

South Wasco County Ambulance
Emergency Call 911

Wasco Electric Cooperative
Phone: 541-296-2740

Mel's Sanitary Service Inc.
Phone: 541-483-2500

Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 220
Maupin OR 97037
Phone: 541-993-1708

Gorge Networks (888)508-2363