If you want to go on a drive to see wildlife this is a great place to find Elk. They are normally fairly close to the viewing area so you can take pictures and show children these giant herbavores.
From the BLM website:
The Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area is the year-round residence for a herd of about 100 Roosevelt elk. A mild winter climate and abundant food allow the Roosevelt elk to remain at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area all year. Dean Creek is a Day Use Only site. The O.H. Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden is located across Highway 38 from the elk viewing area. The garden will be open for public tours on Saturday, May 11, 2013 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
There are educational exibits at the ends of the viewing area to explain about Roosevelt elk and their life cycles. And it has the needed bathroom for most of those people that need it after a long drive.
- From Reedsport and Highway 101: Travel about three miles east on Hwy. 38 to the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area signs.
- From Interstate 5: Take Hwy. 38 west to Reedsport and the viewing area.