Kenneth Denman Wildlife Area Visitors' Guide

Best time to visit: All year

Visiting hours: Open 4 am - 10 pm. Closed between 10 pm & 4 am.

A parking permit is required to park at this wildlife area. Find out how to buy a parking permit

Denman Wildlife Area Map (pdf)

What to see and do: Denman Wildlife Area provides water developments for migrating and nesting waterfowl as well as habitat for upland birds. The area features a self-guided interpretive trail and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Information and maps of the area are available at kiosks located throughout the site. Denman Wildlife Area also is a popular fishing and hunting area during appropriate seasons.

  • The Denman Interpretive Trail offers a chance to learn about the history and ecosystems of Denman Wildlife Area. The area was first occupied by the Takelma Native Americans, then it was used as a WWII training camp before it was eventually designed as a Wildlife Area in 1954. The 0.7 mile trail loops through six ecosystems and you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring the trail which is accessible from Tou Velle Road and Tou Velle State Park.
  • Wildlife: red-tailed hawk, kestrels and osprey are common raptors found on Denman Wildlife Area. Other common species of wildlife include: otters, beavers, black-tailed deer, skunks, raccoons, western pond turtles, gopher snakes, pheasants, valley quail, blue heron, mallard ducks and cinnamon teal. Bass, bluegill and other warm water species are found in ponds throughout Denman Wildlife Area, while the Rogue River contains four races of salmon and steelhead. 
  • Facilities: camp host, fishing, hunting, restrooms, trails
  • Nearby: Tou Velle State Park is adjacent to the wildlife area on the banks of the Rogue River. A boat ramp provides excellent access to the river. Fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing are available.

From I-5: Take exit 33 at Central Point. Travel east on Pine Street to Table Rock Road. Turn left (north) on Table Rock Road to E. Gregory Road. Turn left at the wildlife area headquarters sign.
From Hwy. 62: Turn onto Agate Road. Take the first left (E. Gregory Road). Proceed one mile to the wildlife area.

Address and Phone:
Kenneth Denman Wildlife Area
1495 E. Gregory Road
Central Point, OR 97502

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