Boardman, Oregon


Samuel H. Boardman homesteaded on the Columbia River in 1903, and envisioned a city there. Fifteen years later, the West Extension Irrigation Canal brought Umatilla River water 20 miles to the Boardman Project. Homesteaders flocked to land along the south bank of the Columbia and the city was born.

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Area Attractions
Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Leave the fast pace and fenced-in views of Interstate 84 and follow the contours of the land into slower times and wilder places..
Elkhorn Scenic Byway

Elkhorn Scenic Byway
This 106-mile loop takes you through the Elkhorn Mountains, gold-mining ghost-towns and along elegant lakes and rivers.

Columbia Gorge Discover CenterHike the Steens Mountains
Explore the Steens Mountain with this easy hike. There are three short paths that lead to viewpoints of Kiger Gorge, the East Rim, and Steens Summit.
Anthony LakeHike Anthony Lake
Just as beautiful, but more accessible than the more famous Wallowa Mountains nearby, the Elkhorn Range boasts craggy granite peaks and high alpine lakes surrounded by wildflowers.
Eagle CapClimbing Eagle Cap
This 9,572-foot hike to the hub of the Wallowa Mountains is not for the weary. This is a great two-day hike to the summit or a beautiful, shorter day hike, if you
Nearby Lodging
Red Lion Hotel Pendleton offers 170 guestrooms with private, mountain-view balconies, free high-speed wireless Internet, two restaurants, lounge, outdoor pool and whirlpool. We are close to downtown, airport and attractions.
Best Western Hermiston Inn
The Best Western Hermiston Inn offers you all the modern conveniences you would expect from a luxury motel with indoor year round pool.
Oxford Suites in Hermiston
We are convenient to area attractions like Pendleton Round-Up, Hat Rock State Park, and the Lewis & Clark Trail.
Best Western Pendleton Inn
This Pendleton, Oregon hotel provides an expanded continental breakfast and is located two miles from the Pendleton Rodeo Grounds.
Rodeway Inn in Boardman
Conveniently located off Interstate 84, this hotel is less than one mile from the Marina Park, one of the best kept secrets on the Columbia River.
Bar M Ranch - in Adams
The ultimate destination for a fun, relaxing and memorable western vacation. The peace, quiet, and beauty of the ranch makes it an ideal location for weddings, corporate retreats and group events.

In 1952, the Columbia River Highway was rebuilt a mile south of the original town site, and most businesses moved south to be convenient to travelers. In the 1960's the city moved again to avoid the rising waters of Lake Umatilla behind the new John Day Dam.

In the late 1970's and early 80's, Boardman boomed during construction of the Portland General Electric coal-fired power plant system, west of town. The city population grew from 300-1500. An electrical co-generation plant powered by Natural Gas came on-line in 1996, increasing opportunities for industrial development. In the 1990's, Boardman became one of Oregon's fastest growing communities in terms of population growth.

A library, city park, marina park with boat launch and RV campground, soccer field, two neighborhood parks, 10-K Volkswalk and a golf course provide recreational opportunities. Fishing, game bird hunting, bird watching and water sports are popular recreational pastimes. Current educational facilities are: Boardman Child Development Center, Sam Boardman Elementary & Riverside High School. In February 2000, Blue Mountain Community College began construction of its Boardman Center.