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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  • It takes a bit of luck, but most days the Elk are there but close to the tree line out of sight... We had a very lucky day and the elk were laying very close to the viewing area.. They are such amazin...  more »
  • Nice place to pull off and watch the elk. These elk know where to stay to be safe. There is a viewing scope but take your binoculars because even as you continue up the river many times there are elk ...  more »
  • The Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area gives a nice view on the elk herds. At the end of October to see and there were a lot of pretty close. There are several banks plotted as viewpoint. There are also toilets.
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  • Stopped in at noon to view a heard of elk resting in the grass on the westernmost end of the viewing area. A big bull was standing guard but seemed relaxed. Wonderful to see.
  • One of those places you either luck out or don't. We did and saw a herd just lounging around. The spot is literally on the side of the road, so you can't miss it. Plus, if you don't see any elk out there you can just keep driving.
  • Very well maintained park with spectacular view of the local elk population. Very rarely are there NOT elk here on our stops. See these magnificent animal lounging and foraging in the wild. They are not fenced in. They come and go as they please.
  • This was the most awesome experience to watch one female elk bring in an entire herd. sundown was the best viewing time
  • No guarantee that you will be able to see elk here, but hit it at the right time of year and you have a great view.
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