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Rufus, OR 97050
County: Sherman
Incorporated: 1965
Population: 268
Elevation: 235 feet
Latitude: 45.695 N
Longitude: 120.734 W
Rufus City Hall
400 Main St.,
PO Box 27
Rufus, OR 97050
Phone: 541-739-2321-

Rufus, Oregon

"We'll take the backroads to Rufus."
"What's a 'Rufus'?"

- actors Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thorton, in the movie Bandits, filmed in Oregon.

Rufus was named for Rufus C. Wallis, the original settler in the community. Wallis later moved across the Columbia River and settled in Klickitat County, Washington. He received a U.S. patent for the Klickitat County land on Dec. 13, 1876, for 163.75 acres. -- Source: Oregon Geographic Names, Sixth Edition, 1992, Lewis L. McArthur, Oregon Historical Society Press, ISBN O-87595-237-2.

The incorporated City of Rufus is located along the south bank of the Columbia River in Sherman County, five miles east of Bigg's Junction at Highway 97 and I-84. The John Day Dam Visitor's center is accessed by the same exit you take to get to Rufus. Rufus was incorporated in 1965. The elevation of the town is 235 feet.

Rufus City Offices
400 Main St.,
PO Box 27
Rufus, OR 97050
Phone: 541-739-2321
Fax: 541-739-2460
Email: rufuscity@oregontrail.net
Website: http://www.cityofrufus.org

Fire, 911;
Non-emergency: 541-739-2222

Rufus Post Office:

Wasco Electric:

Garbage - Sunrise Sanitation:

Colville Tribal Services Corp.

NOAA Nat'l Marine Fisheries Service

Rufus Community Center
304 W. 2nd St.
Rufus, OR 97050

Rufus Baptist Church
307 Wallace St.
Rufus, OR 97050

Local Businesses & Attractions:

Bob's Texas T-Bone & Frosty's Lounge
101 E. 1st St.
Rufus, OR 97050

Rufus Hillview Motel
203 Wallace St.
Rufus, OR 97050

Tyee Motel
304 E. 1st St.
Rufus, OR 97050

Rufus RV Park
311 Wallace St.
Rufus, OR 97050

Deschutes State Park / East Bank

Dolph's Rock Shop & Museum - Rufus-Biggs Highway 30
Call in advance: 541-739-2816.

Giles French Park below the John Day Dam
(boat ramp, fishing, camping, restrooms)

John Day Dam Visitor Center
PO Box 564
The Dalles, OR 97058-0564
Phone: 541-296-1181

Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger
95920 I-84 Hwy
Rufus, OR 97050

The John Day Dam is located at the head of Lake Celilo, 216 miles upstream from the mouth of the Columbia River. The dam crosses the river near Rufus, Oregon, 28 miles upstream from The Dalles, just below the mouth of the John Day River. To get to John Day Dam take exit 109 from Interstate 84.
Source: Oregon Hiways

The Dam has a lift of 95 feet and the backwaters behind it are called Lake Umatilla with a pool of 268 feet. It was constructed in 1968. Owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District. Hydraulic capacity: 322 kcfs, Spillway: 1228 feet, 20 gates.

More information:
Photos: http://www.cbr.washington.edu/crisp/hydro/hydrojdap.html
Park & camping information: http://gorp.com/gorp/resource/us_nra/ace/or_john.htm


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