The local economy is primarily agriculture/ranching with some retail/service components. The characteristics of the labor force are predominately non-union. Although some mills (lumber) have union representation. There is currently no significant manufacturing and the major employers are federal, state, county, and local government agencies.
Transportation and Distances
Transportation is provided via Highway 97 and Highway 161. Major airline connections can be made at Klamath Falls International Airport in Klamath Falls, Oregon (approximately 20 miles away). Mail is delivered via Postal Service, United Parcel, or Federal Express.
Distances: from Weed, CA – approx. 50 miles; from Mt. Shasta, CA – approx. 60 miles; from Redding, CA – approx. 120 miles. The center of the valley is 325 miles south east of Portland, OR, 350 miles north of San Francisco and 23 miles south of Klamath Falls Oregon.
Dorris Airport Information, Butte Valley
- Elevation 4,239 feet above sea level
- Length 4,300 feet paved runway
- Beacon, runway lights, 5X, frequency 122.9
Average Low and High Temperatures:
- January – 21.2° (low) and 38.4° (high)
- April – 32.8° (low) and 58.9° (high)
- July – 51.7° (low) and 84.2° (high)
- October – 35.9° (low) and 63.5° (high)
- January – 2.05
- April – .73
- July – .26
- October – 1.21
Butte Valley Rural Health Clinic is located at 610 W. 3rd St. in the city of Dorris. The nearest hospital is Merle West in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Housing is available through rentals ranging from $250 per month and up; existing homes range from $25,000 upwards. There is one hotel, two motels, one Bed & Breakfast Inn and one RV/mobile home park. Water is provided through private wells and sewer through private septic tanks, except for Dorris which provides city water and sewer facilities. Waste is disposed in a landfill located off of Highway 16 near Tulelake. Electric service is provided by Pacific Power and Light, with propane also available. Telephone service is provided by Cal-Ore Telephone Company.
Education in Butte Valley is provided through two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. There is a community college in Weed, California called College of the Siskiyous as well as the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Butte Valley, except for the City of Dorris, has a representative on the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors which meets in Yreka.
For more information, visit the Butte Valley Chamber of Commerce.