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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

48819 State Hwy. 38 Reedsport, OR 97467, Reedsport, OR
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Reedsport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Central Point, Oregon
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

What a thrill to see a herd of elk in the wild. They come close to the viewing area and it's a special treat to see the young ones

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Cumming, Georgia, USA
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114 reviews 114 reviews
31 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Loved being able to get so close to the elk. We were able to capture a selfie with an elk in the background. How cool is that!

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West Linn, Oregon
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128 reviews 128 reviews
68 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stopped and enjoyed our picnic lunch and were entertained my the amazing Roosevelt Elk. It was marvelous to watch the dynamics of the bull elk and how they kept their distance from the cow and calf elk. Wonderful photo ops....be sure to bring binoculars!

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Bend OR
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We loved seeing these big beautiful creatures. We stopped three times while in the area. The bulls are just starting to grow out their antlers. Clean bathrooms were a bonus and even a bench to eat our lunch...

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Eugene, Oregon
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

On the way to the south coast we always stop to view the elk. Sometimes they are so close you can see birds riding on their backs. Such a wonderful viewing area. You can also see geese and gulls and ducks.

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Medford, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

When we go to Winchester Bay we always drive out to see if the elk are visible. Sometimes they are farther out and hard to see. On our most recent trip they were always up by the viewing area and we could take great photos! Beautiful setting for these majestic animals!

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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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111 reviews 111 reviews
60 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Just be aware that you may only be able to get a distant view of the elk so bring binoculars. We stopped here twice during our vacation in Oregon. The first time we stopped while driving to the coast from Portland and we were only able to get a distant view from the viewing area. Then a few days later... More

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Springfield, Oregon
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41 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

When my husband and I drive from our home in Springfield, Oregon down to Bandon, Oregon to visit relatives, we almost always choose to take the I-5 turnoff to Hwy 38 which takes you to Reedsport where you can turn south on US Hwy 101. Just east of Reedsport is the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area and despite the fact... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

The area is easy on and off for HWY 38. It has covered viewing areas and restrooms. It is a well designed viewing area and of course the elk were awesome.

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Nice viewing platform with plenty of parking. And the elk were right there. Being from Oregon and seeing elk regularly, this wasn't all that exciting, but for travelers seeing these magnificent animals up close, but still at a safe distance, we recommend stopping here.

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