Home Creek Wilderness Study Area

Wilderness Study Area

The Home Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA) (OR-2-85H) is located 78 miles south of Burns (18 miles south of Frenchglen) in Harney County, Oregon. The area is accessed from Highway 205 by taking the Steens Mountain Loop Road seven miles to Lauserica Road, an unmaintained two-track, for ten miles.

The study area is roughly rectangular in shape and contains 1,165 acres of BLM land. The WSA has a gentle south facing slope with low sage and grass dominating the landscape. Antelope frequent the area.

The Steens Act of 2000 designated the majority of lands in the Home Creek WSA as Wilderness, leaving 1,165 acres as WSA adjoining the wilderness area.

The WSA was initially studied under Section 603 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA). Lands added after the wilderness inventory were studied under Section 202, also of FLPMA. These areas were included in the final Oregon Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) filed in February 1990. The Steens Act of 2000 designated the Steens Mountain Wilderness and altered acreages of some wilderness study areas.

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Leave No Trace

Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities. How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (e.g. eastern Oregon vs. western Oregon). Visit https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/ to learn more about the principles listed below and how they apply.

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors