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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, Reedsport

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The Dean Creek Wildlife Area (or Dean Creek Elk Viewing 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.
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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 »
  • This is a cool area, sometimes you can see the elk, lots of areas to pull off not sure if they have services. Its been strange for me because the actual area you pull off I have never seen elk but.....  more
    This is a cool area, sometimes you can see the elk, lots of areas to pull off not sure if they have services. Its been strange for me because the actual area you pull off I have never seen elk but.....  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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  • Beautiful roadside viewing with a consistent herd of elk. There are several pull off locations. The primary parking lot has a gazebo with informative displays all about the herd in the various seasons. There are bathrooms which we didn’t check out and lots of benches to sit on. It wasn’t crowded the day we went, but it’s the off season for tourism in the area. Bring binoculars in case they’re all laying in the tall grass.
  • What an incredible place to see elk, birds, and other wildlife. Unfortunately there weren’t any elk when my husband and I stopped, but we still enjoyed our time seeing all the birds. This would be a great place to stop if you need a break to stretch your legs or have a picnic. There were two areas with toilets - the pit toilets we used were very clean.
  • We drove 2 and 1/2 hours to go see it. Nothing showed up where the viewing area was , but down the road there were many elk there but you couldn't stop because of busy road, no where to pull over.
  • Fun place to walk around. If you want to see elk come in the morning or dusk.
  • I drive through here when I go to coos bay for work and always pull over to check out the herd of elk there. In the mornings it so peaceful.

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