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Dean Creek Wildlife Area
IUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area)
Map of the United States
Location Douglas County, Oregon
Nearest city Reedsport
Coordinates 43°41′N 124°00′W / 43.68°N 124°W / 43.68; -124Coordinates: 43°41′N 124°00′W / 43.68°N 124°W / 43.68; -124
Area 1,040 acres (4.2 km2)[1]
Established 1991
Governing body ODFW and BLM
Dean Creek Wildlife Area (or Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area) near Reedsport, Oregon, USA

The Dean Creek Wildlife Area (or Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area) is a wildlife management area located near Reedsport, Oregon, United States. There are overlooks located along Oregon Route 38 which provide views of the area and its year-around herds of elk. [2][3]


Prior to the 1990s, the stretch of the Umpqua River where Hwy 38 lay was primarily used as farmland, particularly for raising cattle. In 1991, the Bureau of Land Management cooperated with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to sustain the area.[4]

The 1,040 acres (4.2 km2) are roughly divided between pasture and woodland. The pasture (with some wetlands) covers about 440 acres (1.78 km²) of the area and is generally visible from the road. Year around visitors can observe species of elk, beaver, mallard, and geese. The remaining 600 acres (2.43 km²) of the wildlife area comprise mainly conifer trees and other hardwoods.[3][4]




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