Viewing Wildlife

Wildlife viewing areas are designated throughout the forest. These areas provide visitors with the opportunity to see Roosevelt elk, black bear, Northern bald eagles, mule deer and bobcats among other wildlife. Many viewing areas contain interpretive signs that provide information about the natural history and management of wildlife in the Forest.

The Walton Ranch Wildlife Viewing Trail and platform bring visitors to the site of a historic homestead where elk graze by the dozens.

The cascading rivers that flow throughout the Forest are home to a variety of native fish populations including Chinook Salmon and Bull Trout, which have nourished people and the land for thousands of years. Chinook can be seen spawning in the cool rivers during the late summer months.

Viewing Wildlife Areas

  • Detroit Ranger District (on US Highway 22)
  • Upper Arm Day Use Area
  • McKenzie River Area
  • Gold Lake Area
  • Gold Lake Campground
  • Gold Lake Day Use Area
  • Sweet Home Ranger District (US Highway 20)
  • South Santiam and Gordon Lakes Trail Area
  • Walton Ranch Interpretive Trail #4170
  • Yukwah Nature Trail #3421
  • Tombstone Pass Trail Area
  • Hackleman Old Growth Trail #3411
  • Trout Creek Campground
  • Trout Creek Day Use Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities