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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

Best time to visit: A mild winter climate and abundant forage allow elk to remain at Dean Creek Wildlife Area year-round. The best times to view and photograph wildlife are early mornings and just before dusk.

Dean Creek Viewing Area
Dean Creek Viewing Area
- Photo by Kathy Munsel-
Dean Creek Viewing Area
Roosevelt Elk Grazing at Dean Creek
- Photo by Kathy Munsel-
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Young Roosevelt Elk at Dean Creek
-Photo by Martyne Reesman-

What to see and do

The Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area and the O.H. Hinsdale Interpretive Center are popular tourist stops along Hwy. 38 near Reedsport. Visitors are treated to up-close views of Roosevelt elk, with the herd sometimes reaching as many as 120 elk. Mountains, meadows and marshes also are home to beaver, muskrat, mallards, Canada geese and great blue heron.

Nearby: The Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area offer a variety of recreational opportunities.

Directions

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From Reedsport and Highway 101: Travel about three miles east on Hwy. 38 to the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area signs.

From Interstate 5: Take Hwy. 38 west to Reedsport and the viewing area.

Address and Phone

Dean Creek Wildlife Area
63538 Boat Basin Drive
Charleston, OR 97420
541-888-5515

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management: 541-756-0100

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