Trout Creek Ranch

Habitat restoration and nature appreciation

ALERT: Trout Creek Ranch is closed for hunting from October through January.

Big game hunting is allowed by permit in October and November. Bird hunting access is permitted in December and January.

PGE Parks and COVID-19

The safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is critical to us. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and our recreation partners as we operate our park and recreation facilities.

Masks, face shields or other face coverings are currently required statewide in Oregon for indoor public spaces—this includes park stores, visitor centers and multi-stall restrooms. Effective July 15, face coverings are also required in Oregon’s outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

To help protect visitors’ health and safety, we are operating showers on a limited basis and reservable large-group areas with restrictions. We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting facilities, posted signage to promoting safety measures and requirements, and cancelled all events and in-person educational programs.

The company is working with concessionaires at PGE Parks to help them follow CDC and OHA safety guidelines.

As always, visitors to PGE parks should also check current information on algae blooms and fire restrictions before visiting.

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 details

Trout Creek is free and public access is from February through September. Non-motorized and day use only. Big game hunting permits are available by lottery for October and November. Bird hunting access is permitted in December and January. Hunters must follow all state and federal regulations.

Educational and environmental groups can reserve Trout Creek Ranch facilities by calling 5541-325-5292 or by filling out the Day Use Area Permit Application. Be sure to take a look at our Parks & Recreation Rules.

To enter the hunting lottery, fill out and return the Hunting Permit Application.


From Gateway, go north on NE Clemens Drive to NE Coleman Road. The trailhead is on the right.

Contact us

For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.