Trout Creek Ranch

Habitat restoration and nature appreciation

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% of the summer steelhead run of the Deschutes River system is produced in the Trout Creek Watershed. Learn more about PGE’s 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 is free and public access is from February through September. Non-motorized and day use only. Golden eagle nesting may restrict early spring access — call 541-325-0960 to request access. Big game hunting permits are available by lottery for October and November. Bird hunting access is permitted in December and January. Hunters must self-register at the entry kiosk, report their harvest, and follow all state and federal regulations.

Directions to Trout Creek Ranch

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Make a reservation – day use

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.

For more information

Use our contact form or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.

Thinking ahead

We’re committed to keeping our parks safe, clean, sustainable and welcoming – but we need your help.

Before you go

  • Make a plan: Check for road closures on your route and research your destination for the possibility of fire bans, reservoir-swimming restrictions or other conditions that may affect your visit.

  • …and a plan B: Make a backup plan in case of crowds. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, come back another day. (Tip: try visiting on weekdays or at off-peak times to beat the crowd!)

During your visit

Keep it clear: Park only in designated areas. Do not double-park or block entrances.

  • Stop the spread: Wear a mask around people outside of your own party and practice social distancing.

  • Leave no trace: Help us protect these natural areas by staying on-trail, packing out your trash, and admiring wildlife from a distance.