Welcome to Thurston County

Thurston County, Washington, is located at the southern end of Puget Sound in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Majestic Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains are nearby to the east, while the Pacific Coast is just an hour's drive to the west. Home to more than 260,000 residents, Thurston County is 60 miles south of Seattle and 100 miles north of Portland, Oregon

​Hot Topics and Events
Internet Outage Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29

​Thurston County is scheduled to perform regular network maintenance and equipment upgrades beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29. This will cause a disruption in services for all Thurston County external websites. 

County Offices Closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day
Thurston County government offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. All offices will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, May 30.  

Regular curbside garbage and recycling collection will still be done in Thurston County on Monday. The county’s Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) off of Hogum Bay Road will also be open regular hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m, but gates close at 4:45 p.m.

Summit Lake - High Levels of Toxic Algae Found

Summit Lake has a toxic algae bloom. The bloom is producing high levels of the toxin Anatoxin-a, a neurotoxin. Preliminary results indicate extremely high levels of toxic algae. Residents are advised not to drink or use the water. Do not fish or swim in the lake. 

Information Hotline: 360-709-3080

2017 Gopher Review Process

​Thurston County Commissioners approve the 2017 gopher review process for permit applicants. Changes to the process this year are expected to reduce wait times for permit applicants and eliminate extra site visits. 

New Grow Smart, Grow Safe Website

​Thurston County is proud to launch the new Grow Smart, Grow Safe website. This website is an easy way for consumers to choose lawn and garden products that are safer for people, pets, and the environment.

Recruiting - Civil Service

​The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill a number of positions.