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White River Wildlife Area

White River Wildlife Area was established in 1953. Located along the east slope of the Cascade Mountains in the north central part of Oregon, the wildlife area encompasses 29,480 acres. An additional 1,280 acres of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is managed by the ODFW bringing the total acres managed by the department to 30,760. The primary purpose of White River Wildlife Area is to provide winter range habitat for black-tailed deer and Rocky Mountain elk and to minimize big game damage to adjacent private agricultural lands.

White River Wildlife Area
White River Wildlife Area
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A parking permit is required at Klamath Wildlife Area. Permits can be purchased at ODFW License Agents (pdf), at ODFW offices that sell licenses and online.

Best time to visit: Year-round. July and October - November for viewing turkeys. December - February for viewing deer and elk.

What to see and do

A mix of fir, pine and oak forests offer diverse habitats for a variety of wildlife. Wild turkey populations are the highest in northern Oregon. Silver gray squirrels are abundant. Spring and summer are the best times to see Lewis woodpeckers. This is a popular hunting area during the fall, and feeding stations provide good deer and elk viewing during winter.

Nearby: White River Falls State Park is a popular picnicking, hiking and fishing retreat for visitors to the Deschutes River corridor.

Directions

  • From The Dalles, travel 34 miles south on Hwy. 197 to the blinking light at Tygh Valley.
  • Turn right into Tygh Valley and follow the signs to Wamic on Wamic Market Road.
  • Continue straight ahead on Dodson Road rather than follow the sharp curve.
  • Continue on Dodson Road through three 90-degree turns. /li>
  • Turn left on the gravel road 1/4 mile past the last curve, and continue 1-1/2 miles to the cattleguard

Address and Phone

White River Wildlife Area
78430 Dodson Road
Tygh Valley, OR 97063
(541) 544-2126

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