Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, Reedsport

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The Dean Creek Wildlife Area is a wildlife management area located near Reedsport, Oregon, United States. Jointly managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Bureau of Land Management, it is the year-round residence for a herd of Roosevelt elk.
Elk have inhabited the location that is now the Dean Creek Wildlife Area since the 1930s. During that time, native salt marshes were drained and freshwater allowed to irrigate the site's grasslands. Originally used for cattle grazing by area farmers, the Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, took over management of the site in 1991.
The same year, an outdoor, covered interpretive center was constructed at the site. The O.H. Hinsdale Interpretive Center was built at a cost of $85,000 and was named after a Reedsport-area community leader. Funds to finance the center were privately raised by a local community group. In addition to the interpretive center, the site also includes restrooms and several viewing platforms.
The 1040acre are roughly divided between pasture and woodland. The pasture (with some wetlands) covers about of the area and is generally visible from the road. The remaining of the wildlife area comprise mainly conifer trees and other hardwoods. Use our Reedsport trip planner to add Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area and other attractions to your Reedsport vacation plans.
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  • There are many, many groups of elk to observe here. They have spared no expense to create an elk friendly viewing areas right next to Hwy 38 (?). The elk preservation runs for a long distance and... 
    There are many, many groups of elk to observe here. They have spared no expense to create an elk friendly viewing areas right next to Hwy 38 (?). The elk preservation runs for a long distance and...  more »
  • In the morning when we go through Elkton on our way to our Lake house we always stop. We usually see a large heard in the distance and occasionally right at the viewing area. These are beautiful... 
    In the morning when we go through Elkton on our way to our Lake house we always stop. We usually see a large heard in the distance and occasionally right at the viewing area. These are beautiful...  more »
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  • Often see lots of elk here, especially if you arrive at the right times. :)
  • There is always nice big elk there to take photos of and get a nice long look at. There awesome. Its nice to see them in the wild like you can here.

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