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Here on the central Oregon coast, there is a great place to observe a herd of Roosevelt elk just eight miles east of Reedsport on Highway 38. More than 100 elk are located on this 1,040-acre parcel that includes 440 acres of pasture and wetland, as well as 600 acres in the foothills. It is maintained by BLM in collaboration with community organizations, private businesses, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Since its purchase in the mid 1980s, many improvements have been made. The O.H. Hinsdale Interpretive Center was constructed with funds raised by the community and includes great pictures of various wildlife species found on site. The swallows that nest in the roof are fun to watch as they dive-bomb mosquitoes hovering over marshy areas. Red-winged blackbirds sit on the tall marsh grass and the Canadian geese feed out in the meadow.
The best time to see the elk at Dean Creek is in mid-September and early October, when they're getting ready to mate. The large bucks with their huge racks start butting heads. The spring also is a good time because one can see the calves.
Especially in the early morning or at dusk during the winter, the elk are near the pull-out areas and close photos are easily taken.
The BLM has been working diligently to return the area to its natural, self-sustainable state from the ranch land it once was.
Reedsport Oregon 97467