Improving habitat in Central Oregon
Trout Creek Ranch was first homesteaded in the 1890’s, with its primary use being sheep ranching. The property was actively grazed until 1993.
PGE purchased the property in 2000 and is currently managing its wildlife and fisheries resources. Completed habitat enhancement projects include flood plain reconnection, rehabilitation of old farmed fields and noxious weed treatments.
Approximately 30 percent of the summer steelhead run of the Deschutes River system is produced in the Trout Creek Watershed. Learn more about PGE efforts to protect fish on the Deschutes.
The ranch and surrounding area are home to mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, bobcat and cougar. Numerous birds and small mammals also call the ranch home.
Trout Creek Ranch is open to school, conservation and other environmental education groups. Non-motorized day-use access is available to hikers and birdwatchers from February through September. General public access is not available in October or November during the big game hunting permit program or in December or January for bird hunting. Big game hunters may enter a drawing for access during the deer and elk seasons. Bird hunters must follow all state and federal game bird regulations. All visitors must register at the entrance gate self-registration station. Overnight use is not permitted.
Trout Creek Ranch reservations
For more information or to make a reservation request, please fill out the Day Use Area Permit Application and return it via fax, mail or email. To enter the hunting lottery, fill out and return the Hunting Permit Application.
For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.