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 541-325-5292 or by filling out the Day Use Area Permit Application. Be sure to take a look at our Day Use Park 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.
For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.