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.HistoryElk 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.GeographyThe 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.
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  • An interesting site, but no revelations. Animals you can of course see but more often you see them from the car, driving by.
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  • We saw a lot of (female) elk. Only one male. Always great to see them. I don't know if they are really completely free here  more »
  • Have been by here many times and am, in awe at these majestic elk. I'd like to know how they stay in such a small area with so many? Nice pull in for traffic and plenty of room to stretch and take pic...  more »
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  • Just happened to be driving by when I saw the nice viewing buildings. Then I noticed about 75 elk dotting the meadow so we pulled over. It was awesome. There were quite a few right up close. Bull elk locking horns and pushing each other around. One crossed right into the parking lot right in front of us. Couldn't ask for more.
  • apparently your almost guaranteed to see elk here at any time, the field was full of them as we stopped. It was actually a nice surprise as we really stopped for the nice clean bathrooms! Many different viewing areas with educational plaques to read.
  • Large area with parking to observe the elks. Information boards and two restrooms are on site. Best viewing time are early morning and evening.
  • It's an awesome place to see elk up close, I take visitors there. Interestingly the males hang out up close to the road and the females hang back in the field. No place to sit and I've never gone in the winter so can't say anything about that time.
  • Discovered this place accidentally, its super cool. My boys love it. You can really see the elk very well
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