For 25 years, the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area has rarely disappointed.
Outside the southern Oregon Coast community of Reedsport, about 100 elk call the preserve home, and passers-by who choose to pull off of Hwy. 38 get a sure-thing opportunity at wildlife viewing.
Sometimes a bull elk, Oregon’s largest land mammal, simply struts by. Other times, youngsters get up on their hind legs and do some sparring. Almost every time, though, the elk are there to graze on the same meadow grasses and shrubs.
Jesse Estes writes about taking this shot: “This particular spot was a bit gnarly; I was sitting on the edge of a cliff lodged in between some tree roots with 15-20 foot waves crashing directly below… Not to mention that it was a pretty steep boot path to get there in the first place.”