The ODFW Visitors' Guide
High Desert Region
Wildlife Area Map (pdf) | Visitor Brochure (pdf) | Riverside Wildlife Area Management Plan (pdf)
Best time to visit: Year-round for wildlife viewing. High summer temperatures usually limit mid-day wildlife movement. The Riverside Management Area is very remote, with no cell phone reception. Visitors should be prepared for inclement and adverse weather conditions.
What to see and do
At the wildlife area: Mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, California quail, chukar, osprey, and bald and golden eagles are just a few of the viewable wildlife species.
Nearby: The Malheur River is floatable near the management area from mid-spring through mid-summer. The float is approximately 12 river miles to the nearest take-out, which is located on Bureau of Land Management property. Private and other public land is intermingled around wildlife area boundaries, so boaters should refer to the BLM Vale District Recreation map for locations. The fishery on the river is good for rainbow trout. Beavers and river otters occasionally can be seen building dams or fishing.
From Burns, travel 52 miles east on Hwy. 20 to Juntura. Approximately 1/8 mile before the town of Juntura, turn right on Riverside Road and travel 16 miles south. Once past the BLM camp site, travel 3/4 mile to the first two-track road on the left. Follow that road for 1.5 miles. An orange gate marks the entrance to the wildlife area. Signs on the management area guide visitors to the access sites. Map (pdf)
Address and Phone
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
237 S. Hines Boulevard
Hines, Oregon 97738
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