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Welcome to Merrill, Oregon

The City of Merrill was incorporated in 1903 and still epitomizes the same small town charm of that era. A community of 845 people in south central Oregon located just 5.4 miles from the California border. Farming and agriculture related businesses are the primary economy sustaining industries of the area. The city is a proud supporter of agriculture. The main street of Merrill is lined with quaint specialty shops where customers are still greeted on a first name basis and most transactions are still sealed with a handshake. This friendly, tight knit community is considered a modern-day Mayberry, a place that is safe for your children to grow up and where neighbor still watches out for neighbor. People may say that progress and traffic move way too slow in Merrill, but just view it as an opportunity to take in the small-town atmosphere and to revert back to when life was less demanding and less hurried. Please come and enjoy the small-town atmosphere for yourself! Home of the October annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival since 1937.

For Notifications and/or Special Events, go to the About Merrill tab above and select Notifications.

This year's Lost River Bluegrass Festival will take place on July 8th, 9th & 10th. Please visit lostriverfestival.com for details on camping and gate entry prices, vendor information, and the event schedule.

The 4th Annual Lost River Bluegrass festival is going to be held July 8th-10th this year. It’s going to be a dandy! The talent is unbelievable and to show our appreciation to all our supporters and fans, we are putting on a free show Thursday night, the 7th, featuring The Western Flyers with Redd Volkaert. They are a western swing band out of the Fort Worth area, and we are thrilled to have them. Joey McKenzie has been on the Marty Stuart Show, The Prairie Home Companion and numerous other venues.
Redd Volkaert is a Grammy winning Master on the Telecaster. He played 6 years for Merle Haggard after the great Roy Nichols passed away. Playing with everyone from Bill Monroe, Allison Krause and Rhonda Vincent to George Jones, Buck Owens, the Statler Brothers and Charlie Pride. He won a Grammy for Cluster Pluck off of a Brad Paisley album. Redd has also played with some of the best Texas swing musicians in the world meaning the Texas Playboys to Johnny Gimble to Asleep at the Wheel so all you swing dancers get your boots on cause you’re gonna hear the real thing. Anyway, It’s a free show! Thursday night from 6 to 8. Come one, come all! Bring your picnic basket and have supper on the ground or eat at one of the local establishments. Bring the folks, tell your friends and let the kids run wild. The whole Basin is invited. P.S. don’t forget to bring your own chairs. Look us up at lostriverfestival.com.

Credit Debit Accepted

We are pleased to announce that we are setup to accept debit credit payments. The customer will be charged an extra $3.00 minimum fee for using the credit debit machine on top of the normal bill amount. The fee is not collected by the City but by the company for the machine. You can pay your by online at


Thank you, The City of Merrill



With the ongoing drought, the City of Merrill and the Merrill Rural Fire Protection District would like to take the time to address the wildfire situation. Please observe and adhere to the dates when fire season goes into effect. The City of Merrill’s burning ordinances and the Outside City Limits Burning Regulation can be found on the City of Merrill’s website @ cityofmerrill.org. Please keep vegetation mowed down and clear all weeds and debris from around your property. If you see overgrown vegetation or debris that needs tended to, please notify the City of Merrill or the Merrill Rural Fire Protection District. Always have garden hoses and access to water readily available. For burning days, please call MRFPD Fire Chief John Heim @ (541) 281-3009. If you see or suspect something out of control, immediately call 911 before the situation worsens. Small fires are easier to put out than large ones.
Code enforcement will be taking a closer look at adherence to vegetation and trash ordinances. The ordinances can be found at the city of Merrill’s website. If help is needed addressing a certain situation, don’t hesitate to call Public Works Director, Greg Matthews, at (541) 891-3178. We will help any way we can. Above all, use common sense. About the time we say, it can’t happen here, it just might. Thank You, City of Merrill and Merrill Rural Fire Protection District.


For the Merrill Rural Fire Department Burning Outdoors Outside City Limits Notification  CLICK HERE 

Outdoor Burning Regulations in Merrill and Chapter 90.23 (c) Noxious Vegetation

Burning Regulations CLICK HERE 

Chapter 92: Merrill Clean Air Ordinance CLICK HERE

Chapter 90.23 Nuisances Affecting Public Safety                                                        (c) Noxious Vegetation CLICK HERE

Chapter 90.23 Ordinance No. 2025  CLICK HERE

doxo ACH payments

We are pleased to announce that we are now setup to accept ACH (Automatic Withdrawals) from your checking account for free. For all other credit payments the customer will be charged an extra $3.99 or 3.5% fee for each payment. The fee is not collected by the City but by doxo. You can pay your bill on line by clicking on the Pay Bill tab below.