Tour de Beaver, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Peter Cooper for a tour de beaver at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve! The Land Trust recently worked with our restoration partners to build some structures in Whychus Creek that mimic the work of beavers and the ways they engineer nature. See the new beaver-inspired dams and juniper log structures that are changing the way Whychus Creek moves around Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Then, we will compare these human made structures by checking out some real beaver dams! Please note: we will be crossing small side channels of Whychus Creek. You will need knee-high, waterproof boots to join this tour. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate 2-3 mile hike off-trail, through grassy meadows, and through side channels of Whychus Creek.

    Route: This hike will start near the restoration area at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve and will visit the newly constructed beaver dam analogs and stream restoration along Whychus Creek. We will venture off-trail into the meadow and cross small stream channels. Terrain will be uneven.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is moderate with little elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

    Knee-high wading boots, hiking poles, snacks/lunch, water. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Camp Polk Meadow Preserve is a 152 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. The Preserve was first established by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2000. The Preserve contains approximately 1.4 miles of Whychus Creek, wetlands, meadows, aspen groves and ponderosa pine stands. It is home to a variety of plant and wildlife species and is one of Central Oregon's birding hot spots. The Preserve also has a long and illustrious history as a crossroads for Native Americans, explorers, soldiers and settlers.