Dean Creek Wildlife Area

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Dean Creek Wildlife Area
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Map showing the location of Dean Creek Wildlife Area
Map showing the location of Dean Creek Wildlife 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

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 Route 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 (180 ha) of the area and is generally visible from the road. Year-round, visitors can observe species of elk, beaver, mallard, and geese. The remaining 600 acres (240 ha) of the wildlife area comprise mainly conifer trees and other hardwoods.[3][4]