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Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area was established in 1983, with the initial donation of land by the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation (OWHF) of 2,758 acres. In 1986 OWHF donated an additional 5,158 acres of land to the department. The Lower Deschutes Wildlife Areawas initially established to provide permanent public angler access. However, especially with the 1986 acquisition, the wildlife area has grown to provide enhanced wildlife and fish habitat (i.e. through removal of livestock, riparian vegetation improvements, etc.) and more wildlife oriented recreational activities such as hunting, boating, hiking and biking.
Best time to visit: Spring for wildflowers and songbirds. All year for deer and upland gamebirds, and for bighorn sheep on the southern half of the wildlife area.
Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area provides habitat for a variety of bird and animal species as well as fishing access to the lower Deschutes River. Public access is limited to people who hike, mountain bike or boat to the area. Steelhead fishing is very popular. Trout fishing is open year-round.
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Nearby: Camping is available at Deschutes River State Recreation Area at the mouth of the Deschutes River, slightly more than one mile downstream.
The wildlife area is located 17 miles east of The Dalles, off I-84. Take the Celilo Exit from I-84 and continue four miles east to Deschutes State Park. The wildlife area begins 1.2 miles south of the state park.
Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area
3701 West 13th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058