Oregon Map

Northeast Highlands

Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties


Umatilla County, 97838

Helix is about half way between Pendleton and the state line and east of where the Columbia river turns up into Washington. It is another one of the little towns where grain fields run right up to the door steps. The basic crop is dryland wheat with other crops worked in to balance the cycle. The grain fields are rolling hills where the farmers test the limits of ingenuity and equipment to squeak a valuable crop out of dry land. Helix has a well known Rodeo each Memorial day. That is probably right after the spring wheat is planted.