The ODFW Visitors' Guide
High Desert Region
White River Wildlife Area Management Plan (pdf)
Best time to visit: Year-round. July and October - November for viewing turkeys. December - February for viewing deer and elk.
What to see and do
At the wildlife area: A mix of fir, pine and oak forests offer diverse habitats for a variety of wildlife. Wild turkey populations are the highest in northern Oregon. Silver gray squirrels are abundant. Spring and summer are the best times to see Lewis woodpeckers. This is a popular hunting area during the fall, and feeding stations provide good deer and elk viewing during winter. Spring wildflowers are abundant on Postage Stamp Butte during spring.
Nearby: White River Falls State Park is a popular picnicking, hiking and fishing retreat for visitors to the Deschutes River corridor.
From The Dalles, travel 34 miles south on Hwy. 197 to the blinking light at Tygh Valley. Turn right into Tygh Valley and follow the signs to Wamic on Wamic Market Road. Continue straight ahead on Dodson Road rather than follow the sharp curve. Continue on Dodson Road through three 90-degree turns. Turn left on the gravel road 1/4 mile past the last curve, and continue 1-1/2 miles to the cattleguard and area signs. The wildlife area headquarters is located 1/2 mile past the cattleguard.
Address and Phone
White River Wildlife Area
78430 Dodson Road
Tygh Valley, OR 97063
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