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Willow Creek Wildlife Area

The Columbia Basin
The Columbia Basin
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Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew
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Mule Deer Does
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The Columbia Basin Wildlife Areas are a composition of four Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (department) managed wildlife areas located along the Columbia River, in the Columbia Basin. The four wildlife areas (Power City, Irrigon, Coyote Springs and Willow Creek) are within the Columbia Plateau ecoregion. Management agreements for these areas were initially established between 1971 and 1977 between the department and Federal agencies which own the lands.

The Columbia Basin Wildlife Areas, which total approximately 1,885 acres, provide an important landbase for the conservation and recreation of fish and wildlife within a highly privatized and altered landscape and play an important role for the Fall and Spring migrations of waterfowl in addition to resident upland game bird production.

Best time to visit: Waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds can be observed most of the year.

What to see and do

White pelicans and black capped night herons are commonly observed. Access is by foot travel from the parking lot.

Nearby: The Columbia River offers a variety of scenic views and activities.


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Take exit 151 off I-84 and turn south on Three-mile Canyon Road. After ½ mile, turn right at the wildlife area sign onto a narrow gravel road.
Follow yellow signs with black arrows to the parking lot.

Address and Phone

Willow Creek Wildlife Area
73471 Mytinger Lane
Pendleton, OR 97801
(541) 276-2344

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