Dean Creek Elk Viewing area

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Dean Creek Elk Viewing area


(541) 756-0100

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The Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area is a mosaic of pastures, woodlands, and wetlands, providing a variety of wildlife viewing experiences. A herd of 60 to 100 Roosevelt elk are year-round residents, and visitors can also view numerous birds in the area, including waterfowl. Each of 2 viewing areas provides parking, an interpretive center, viewing scopes, and restrooms. The area is contiguous with the scenic Umpqua River. A mild winter climate and abundant food allow the Roosevelt elk to remain at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area all year. The O.H. Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden is located across Highway 38 from the elk viewing area. The nearby Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area offer a variety of additional recreational opportunities.

Map of Dean Creek Elk Viewing area

Latitude, Longitude: 43.692701, -124.051609



  • Wildlife Watching

    The Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area and the O.H. Hinsdale Interpretive Center are popular tourist stops along Highway 38 near Reedsport. Visitors are treated to up-close views of Roosevelt elk, with the herd sometimes reaching as many as 120 elk. Mountains, meadows and marshes also are home to beaver, muskrat, mallards, Canada geese and great blue heron.



From Reedsport and Highway 101: Travel about three miles east on Highway 38 to the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area signs.

From Interstate 5: Take Highway 38 west to Reedsport and the viewing area.

Phone Numbers


(541) 756-0100