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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area
Wildlife Watching > Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area (OR) 
3 miles east of Reedsport, Oregon.
Dean Creek is a premier Watchable Wildlife site providing visitors an up-close look at wildlife in its natural habitat. The 1,040-acre area is a mosaic of pastures, woodlands, and wetlands, providing a variety of wildlife-viewing experiences. There are two viewing areas with nearby parking, an interpretive center, viewing scopes, and restrooms. The area is contiguous with the scenic Umpqua River.
From Reedsport, go 3 miles east on State Highway 38. The viewing area begins at that point and extends for an additional 3 miles along the highway.
Visitor Activities
Wildlife viewing and birdwatching.
Special Features
Roosevelt elk are visible almost every day of the year, sharing the pastures, wetlands, ponds, and adjacent forest with snowy egrets, ospreys, and red-winged blackbirds.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
There are no fees. Hunting, overnight camping/parking, and hiking are not permitted.
The viewing areas are fully wheelchair-accessible.
Camping and Lodging
There is no camping permitted on-site. Camping is available at nearby Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, 5 miles south of Reedsport on U.S. Highway 101, and at BLM’s Loon Lake Recreation Area, 7 miles east on State Highway 38, and then 6 miles south on Loon Lake Road. Reedport offers several motels and RV parks.
Food and Supplies
There are no food or supplies available on-site. Groceries and restaurants are available in Reedsport.
First Aid
There is no first aid on-site. The nearest hospital is in Reedsport.
Additional Information
Elk roam the area freely, and their numbers fluctuate with the seasons. During the summer months, the best times to view elk are the early morning and before dusk. During the other three seasons, viewing is best during the day. Daytime temperatures tend to be cool or cold, even during the summer, and the area is generally windy.
Contact Information
BLM - Coos Bay District Office
1300 Airport Lane
North Bend, OR 97459
Tel: (541) 756-0100               

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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

Elk at Dean Creek Viewing Area

Resident Roosevelt elk roam freely in the pastures, woodlands, and wetlands of the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. Oregon’s largest land mammals, adult bulls may weigh as much as 1,100 pounds and stand 5 feet at the shoulder. (Will B. Golden, BLM Coos Bay District Office)

Last updated: 10-23-2009