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Bridge Creek Wildlife Area

Bridge Creek Wildlife Area

Bridge Creek Wildlife Area
-Photo by Jim Yuskavitch, ODFW-

Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
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Bridge Creek Wildlife Area

Road on the Bridge Creek Wildlife Area
-Photo by Jim Yuskavitch, ODFW-

Establishment of the Bridge Creek Wildlife Area initially started in 1961 when a parcel of land was purchased from the Frank Hilbert estate. After the initial purchase, several private holdings were acquired to consolidate the land under department ownership. The last parcel was purchased from the Colvin Cattle Company in 1975. The primary purpose of the wildlife area is to maintain and protect a key historic winter range for Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni). The wildlife area also provides year-round habitat for mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus).

Best time to visit: Songbirds, deer and elk can be observed most of the year. Public access is unlimited during late spring, summer and fall, but a permit is required to enter December 1 - April 30. The access road is about five miles long and vehicles are required to stay on the road. Snow conditions during the winter often limit vehicle access.

What to see and do

Mountain bluebirds and horned larks are common and easily observed during the summer months. Red crossbills can be observed during fall migration. More than 1,000 Rocky Mountain elk congregate on the wildlife area in the winter to escape deep snow at higher elevations.

Nearby: Umatilla National Forest has more than 20 campgrounds as well as hiking, horseback riding, skiing, hunting and fishing.

Directions

Take exit 209 off I-84. Turn south on Hwy. 395 and travel about 47 miles to Ukiah/La Grande Hwy. 244. Turn left and proceed for one mile. Turn right at Granite/Ukiah Road 52 and travel four miles. The entrance to the wildlife area is on the right side of the road. If you continue on Granite/Ukiah Road 52, the trail head for the Ron Bridges Memorial Trail is on the right, one mile past the wildlife area.

Address and Phone

Bridge Creek Wildlife Area
73471 Mytinger Lane
Pendleton, OR 97801
(541) 276-2344

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