Crooked River National Grassland

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Crooked River National Grassland

Oregon

(541) 475-9272

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Overview

Established in 1960 by the National Forest Service, the 155,000-acre Crooked River National Grassland was returned to government ownership through the purchase of submarginal and drought-stricken homestead lands.

This grassland was tilled up between 1880 and 1930 after it was mistakenly reported that the land was suitable for dryland farming. By 1930 nearly 700 homesteaders had moved out, unable to make a living on the land.

The government took on the massive task of rehabilitating the land in 1954 and, after replanting devastated areas with crested wheat grass, the project was considered a success.

Crooked River Grassland provides a variety of habitat for 375 known or expected to to be present species of wildlife. These include deer, elk, antelope, mountain lion and other small and large mammals. There are also various species of songbirds, waterfowl, shore birds, upland game birds and raptors, which include the threatened Northern Bald Eagle and the endangered Peregrine Falcon. With the wide open nature of the Crooked River Grassland and so many interesting species, the area is a prime spot to view wildlife.

There are many campgrounds dispersed throughout the area, which include developed as well as undeveloped sites. The two developed campgrounds are just south of Haystack Butte on Haystack Reservoir and at the Cove Palisades State Park. The undeveloped sites are dispersed throughout the Grassland.

Map of Crooked River Grassland

Latitude, Longitude: 44.543450, -121.109480

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    There are various species of songbirds, waterfowl, shore birds, upland game birds and raptors, which include the threatened Northern Bald Eagle and the endangered Peregrine Falcon. With the wide open nature of the Crooked River Grassland and so many interesting species, the area is a prime spot to view wildlife.

  • Camping

    There are many campgrounds dispersed throughout the area, which include developed as well as undeveloped sites. The two developed campgrounds are just south of Haystack Butte on Haystack Reservoir and at the Cove Palisades State Park. The undeveloped sites are dispersed throughout the Grassland.

  • Fishing

    Two National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Deschutes River and Crooked River, weave their way through part of the grassland, providing great fishing opportunities.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Crooked River Grassland provides a variety of habitat for 375 known or expected to to be present species of wildlife. These include deer, elk, antelope, mountain lion and other small and large mammals. There are also various species of songbirds, waterfowl, shore birds, upland game birds and raptors, which include the threatened Northern Bald Eagle and the endangered Peregrine Falcon. With the wide open nature of the Crooked River Grassland and so many interesting species, the area is a prime spot to view wildlife.

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(541) 475-9272

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