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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

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Address: 48819 State Hwy. 38 Reedsport, OR 97467, Reedsport, OR

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Watching Elk.

My grandson's from Oklahoma were impressed with the elk being up close. All we had to do was pull to the side of the road to see them.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Beverly N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My grandson's from Oklahoma were impressed with the elk being up close. All we had to do was pull to the side of the road to see them.

Thank Beverly N
Kansas City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Flat, grassy area. Elk and tourists are separated by unobtrusive fencing. Nice quality viewing platforms and benches scattered around province locations from which to observe. One buck, several does, and several youngsters were in both families. Not very exciting as they are primarily grazing, but your best chance to see elk outside of a zoo.

Thank PTBitte
Rialto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We planned our trip to be here in the early evening. We watched a herd of about 30 elk until dusk. As we were leaving, 3 bulls appeared near the road. The viewing area is wonderful. There is a pull off area, plus viewing platforms and restrooms. An excellent stop to plan on your trip!

Thank Diane C
Florence, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove by today as a massive bull elk wandered slowly toward a herd of cows. These giant majestic creatures are fascinating to watch. There is a road side toilet and benches/picnic areas for a nice leg stretch,

New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visit only if driving on Rt 38 to/from Winchester Bay. Don't make a special trip. Stop and check if Elk present - if not, move on - they're not going to appear. Binoculars or spotting scope are a must.

Thank Forest-Hills-Cynic
Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Must get there at about 7:30am at the latest. It's worth setting your alarm clock to do it. We were no more than 20 feet away from a herd of females and then came the male with massive antlers looking like the animal in the Hartford insurance ads. It was quite thrilling.

Thank marshaernie
Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Situated on Highway 38 near Reedsport, this is one of the most awesome roadside "rest areas" I've ever seen. Even the facilities are nice and well maintained. But of course the big draw is the resident herd of elk that are often seen grazing or lounging in the fields nearby. When they are present, they are frequently plentiful and the... More 

Thank Walter747
Westchester, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

This is a pretty area to get information and observe Elk. However, we viewed more just down the road and pulled off the road.

Thank Victoria C
Tigard Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

This is a very nice wayside stop on your way to Reedsport. If the Elk are out you can watch them graze. This spot also has a convenient restroom for the cross trek from I-5 tp 101.

Thank Bobby59
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

I love these Elk & so will you! There's clean restrooms & plenty of parking. It's quite nice that our government is protecting these creatures & providing us with such a nice area to view them for free! Yay USA! 💙💃🇺🇸💙💃🇺🇸

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