About this place
Pine Creek Conservation Area was purchased by the Bonneville Power Administration beginning in 1999 for the mitigation of lands flooded by the John Day Dam on the Columbia. It is now managed by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs for the benefit of fish and wildlife. While the area is closed to recreational vehicles, its rugged landscape is open to non-motorized recreational use.
With land claims dating back to 1869, the original ranches that make up PCCA have had a long history that has left its mark on the landscape. While many strongholds of native flora and fauna survived, the conservation area presented the common suite of issues in eastern Oregon: eroded streams denuded of vegetation, weeds, widespread derelict fencing and juniper expansion.