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Dean Creek is a mosaic of pasture, woodland, and wetland providing a variety of viewing experiences. A herd of 60 to 100 Roosevelt elk are year round residents. Numerous birds can be seen in the area and waterfowl are visible in the wetlands. Located about 3 miles east of Reedsport, Oregon on Higway 38. 

Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area (EVA) totals 1,040 acres. The 440 acres of bottomland consist of pasture and wetlands, and the 600 acre of woodlands contain hardwood and coniferous forest. Dean Creek is managed to provide optimum viewing opportunities. Pastures are mowed, grazed, and fertilized to improve the nutrition and palatability for the elk. Portions of the wetland have been enhanced to provide more standing water for a variety of waterfowl. 

The best times to view elk are early mornings and before dusk. Elk roam the area freely, and their numbers fluctuate with the seasons. The cows seek seclusion in the uplands to calve in mid May to June. Calves and their mothers become visible on the area by mid June. Bugling and harem gathering are signs of the breeding season, which occurs from mid September to early October. 

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