Welcome to the home of Public Utility District No. 1 of Klickitat County, Washington, “Owned By Those It Serves.”
Klickitat PUD was formed in 1938 to provide electrical services in the county, and has grown from the original 2,800 customers to 12,377 as of 12/31/2014. Our main office is located in Goldendale with a branch office in White Salmon. Klickitat PUD provides service to several communities throughout our wide-spread county including Roosevelt, Bickleton, Alderdale, Maryhill, Dallesport, Klickitat, Lyle, Snowden, Trout Lake, Glenwood, Centerville, White Salmon, Bingen, High Prairie, Appleton, Husum, Wishram, and Goldendale. Klickitat PUD also manages water and wastewater systems in several of these smaller communities.
The County Seat is located in Goldendale with a population of 3,771. Centrally located in the region, we are 70 miles south of Yakima, Washington; 35 miles north of The Dalles, Oregon; 120 miles east of Portland, Oregon; 114 miles west of the Tri-Cities, Washington; and 97 miles west of Hermiston, Oregon.
Klickitat County’s population is 20,850 per the April 1, 2014 Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) and spans 84 miles east to west, and 29 miles north and south at its widest point. Elevations range from 180 feet along the Columbia River to 5,000 feet at the Yakama Indian Reservation to the north. Scenery includes pine forests, fertile farmland, orchards, the Simcoe Mountain Range, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St Helens. Major streams in the area include the Columbia River, Klickitat River, White Salmon River, Little Klickitat River, the Swale, and Rock Creek.
If you like the outdoors you will love Klickitat County. There’s an abundance of activities ranging from fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, wind surfing, camping, snow skiing, golfing, horseback riding, as well as great opportunities for the photography enthusiast. Klickitat County is also the home of the well-known Maryhill Museum of Art, built by millionaire Samuel Hill and dedicated by his friend Queen Marie of Romania in 1926. Mr. Hill also built a memorial to the soldiers of Klickitat County who gave their lives in WWII, the western hemisphere’s reproduction of Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument found in England.
Klickitat PUD’s forward-thinking Board of Commissioners has been instrumental in making sure the utility remains viable for many years to come. Their first major project was to cooperatively build the McNary Fishway Hydro Project in 1997 with Northern Wasco PUD, followed by installation of the H.W. Hill Landfill Gas Project named in honor of past Commissioner Harold W. Hill who served on the Board for 30 years. The next major event taken on by the Board was the White Creek Wind Project in 2007, and most recently the expansion of the Landfill Gas Project in 2010 in order to produce additional renewable green energy from the Roosevelt Regional Landfill.
Klickitat County - a nice place to visit, a great place to live.