Riley Ranch has interpretive signs to help you learn more about the geology, history and ecosystem of Riley Ranch Nature Reserve. There are signs located at each entrance and overlook.
Formerly known as Gopher Gulch, the property has been renamed Riley Ranch Nature Reserve in honor of O.B. Riley, who made an original homestead claim on a portion of the property. There are two cabin ruins at Riley Ranch that provide visitors a glimpse of those days. Made of hand-hewn, saddle-notched logs, the cabins may have been constructed prior to 1900. One cabin appears to consist of two rooms: a collapsed masonry fireplace can be seen on the common wall separating the main living space from a second room or possible porch. Also visible in the main room are baseboards and flat-sawn logs, most likely made by a large two-man buck saw. The other cabin does not appear to have been a residence and may have been used for livestock or storage of supplies.
Riley Ranch is home to many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. When you visit, be on the lookout for Red-tailed hawk, Great horned owl, Northern Pacific tree frog, mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, coyote, porcupine, bobcat, black-tailed jackrabbit and many more.
Fishing in Riley Ranch
The Deschutes River is home to many species of native fish and some of the most idyllic fishing spots reside in public Bend parks. At Riley Ranch, use the Canyon Loop trail to access portions of the Deschutes River. Look for water access points and please refrain from creating new access points and disturbing natural vegetation.
Licenses: All state angling licenses and regulations apply at all locations.
Bait: Whether bait and/or fly fishing is allowed depends on location. Please check ODFW’s website for more information as regulations may change.
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