Overview of the Willamette Valley Oregon

The Willamette Valley is an inland corridor that extends along the length of the Willamette River over approximately a 200 mile distance from the lakes and tributaries that feed it in the Cascade Mountain range outside of Eugene, Oregon to its convergence at the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon.

Cradled between the coastal mountains of Oregon, and the Cascade “ring of fire” volcanic mountain range, the Willamette Valley is where the majority of Oregon’s population resides. Major cities include Eugene, Corvallis, Lebanon, Albany, Salem and the greater Portland metropolitan area.

The word Willamette is often mispronounced. Former Oregon Governor Mark Hatfield would correct anyone who got it wrong by saying, ” It’s Willamette Dammit !”

The weather is mild. It rains a lot, but it’s more of a mist than a storm most of the time. Rarely is there lightning. Tornadoes are almost nonexistent, and snowfall in the winter is typically moderate. It isn’t rare to go an entire winter without seeing a snowflake along the Interstate 5 corridor of the Willamette Valley. The extreme summer temps rarely approach triple digits.

The Willamette Valley has one major market sports team, the Portland Trailblazers. Thus far, big league baseball and NFL football have steered clear of the area.

The Willamette Valley is world famous for its blackberries. Although the fruit is not indigenous to the area, it now grows wild all over the Willamette Valley. Most people consider the stickers to be a nuisance when they crop up in the yard.

A big attraction to living in the Willamette Valley is the nearby access to the ocean or the mountains. From Salem, Portland or Eugene, it is within an hours drive to the beach or to the forest Cascades.

It’s a fertile valley, rich in resources and the air is clean. There are still vast areas of pristine beauty and nature’s splendor. Most Oregonians would prefer the Willamette Valley to be a well kept secret. A popular bumper sticker in the 70’s said, ” Don’t Californicate Oregon. With the influx of transplanted Californians in the last three decades, the bumper sticker has now died out and is but a memory.

Most of the Willamette Valley is forest. Douglas fir evergreens are too plentiful to count. If you spent your life in Texas, and visit Oregon, you will stare in wonder at the abundance of trees.

In the Willamette Valley, you can drink water right out of the tap and it tastes good. The only reason to buy bottled water is for the convenience of traveling with it or having it refrigerated. It would be a challenge to find better quality tap drinking water anywhere else in world.

You won’t pay any sales tax in the Willamette Valley if you shop here. Oregon is a sales tax free state. You won’t have to pump your own gasoline either. It’s against the law in Oregon.

They do things a little differently. It’s awesome, but let’s keep it a secret.