Lake Oswego

Community Profile

The City of Lake Oswego is known for its excellent shopping and dining, its superior school system and its beautiful Chamber sponsored Village Flower Baskets. Over 2,000 businesses flourish in Lake Oswego, made up of 12% home based, 75% businesses with one to three employees and 13% larger businesses. In its several shopping districts, Lake Oswego teems with trendy shops, great restaurants and boutiques. Situated around a 405-acre lake, Lake Oswego offers some of the most sought-after housing in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

Lake Oswego Corporation

The Lake Oswego Corporation (LOC) is a non-profit organization that manages all matters regarding the 403-acre Oswego Lake and its architecturally stunning 694 lakefront properties: safety (via the Lake Patrol), water quality, maintenance, boat and operator licensing, lakefront building permits, and special events. Singularly and through its partnerships with the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lake Oswego, the LOC sponsors, co-sponsors or participates in a variety of community activities. Events include: July Fourth Boat Parade and fireworks display; Earth Day, a water-quality education program; and a Christmas Holiday Boat Parade featuring lighted watercraft. The LOC diverts water from the Tualatin River and produces energy through its hydroelectric facility.

You may contact the Lake Oswego Corporation at: 700 McVey Ave., P.O. Box 203, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, phone: 503-636-1422, fax: 503-636-3226, email:

Visit the City of Lake Oswego web site for more information or the Lake Oswego City Store for city T-shirts, note cards, mugs, plates and bowls, shopping bags, holiday ornaments, lapel pins, caps, postcards, street manhole covers, and the City flag.

“Lake Oswego,” one of the most beautiful and sought after addresses in the State of Oregon. Whether you are here as a visitor looking for information on Lake Oswego, looking to relocate a family or business or on Chamber business, I hope you find this website to be the “one stop shop” for your information and referral needs. Our location just south of Portland, bordered on three sides by I-5, I-205 and State Hwy. 43, and nestled in the hills surrounding Oswego Lake and the shore of the Willamette River have made this community the perfect place to live, work and raise a family.

While initially thought to become the “Pittsburgh of the West” because of the huge iron deposits in our surrounding hills, as the need for iron decreased the beauty of the area quickly brought the Portland community first to visit, play and then to live, creating in the process a quality of life second to none. Residents here believe strongly in preserving the natural beauty of the area, providing the finest education possible for our students and advancement of the arts.

As a Chamber of Commerce we act as this community’s cheerleader, as a resource for the community and the region and as the voice of commerce, representing 700+ businesses at the city, county and state levels. We are here to promote your business by offering outstanding networking, advertising and educational opportunities, all designed to help you be successful in Lake Oswego.

With our close partnerships with the City, the School District and the Lake Corporation we are able to represent business on almost any issue or concern. As a community leader we enjoy working closely with this community’s many partners including neighborhood associations, business district associations, the Adult Community Center, the Oswego Heritage Council, the Arts Foundation and the Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts.

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