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 access is available to hikers and bird hunters during January and February. Big game hunters may enter a drawing for access during the deer and elk seasons. General public access is not available from March to September to support restoration goals. .
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.