Sumpter, Oregon: The Sumpter Dredge

In the 1930s the Sumpter Dredge, which resembles a riverboat, ate its way across Oregon, chewing up the landscape in a search for gold. It stopped forever here.
441 S. Mill St., Sumpter, OR
South edge of town, on the west side of Hwy 410/Mill St. Turn west onto Austin St. at the brown Sumpter Dredge sign.
Gated after hours. May-Oct. daily 7-7, Sa-Su guided tours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About The Sumpter Dredge

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Sumpter Valley Dredge State Historic Area

A former gold mine boom town, Sumpter is the site of a fully restored gold dredge and an operational narrow-gauge railway. The gold dredge and The Sumpter Valley Railway are part of the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Historic Area. Very unusual and worth the drive in eastern Oregon.

[Don Hoover, 03/17/2017]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Boy and the BootBoy and the Boot, Baker City, OR - 18 mi.
Broken Mystery WindmillBroken Mystery Windmill, Baker City, OR - 20 mi.
Chinese Healing ManChinese Healing Man, John Day, OR - 43 mi.
In the region:
Shoe Tree, Juntura, OR - 68 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

August 13, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Save Cool Vacation Destinations!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Oregon Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

The Oregon Vortex, Gold Hill, Oregon (Aug 10-16, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Sumpter, Oregon

Nightly rates found:

Book Now