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Deschutes River
PGE operates three parks on the Deschutes River:

Round Butte Overlook Park
Round Butte Overlook Park is a terrific place to picnic in the Central Oregon sun and enjoy spectacular views.

From the park, located on the rim of the Deschutes River Canyon, you can look down on Round Butte Dam, Lake Billy Chinook and Lake Simtustus, some 400 feet below.

In addition, you’ll find interpretive displays on the Round Butte Hydroelectric Project and Deschutes River fish and wildlife.

This is a great spot to view our wildlife, including bald eagles and ospreys. In late winter, it’s the site for the annual Eagle Watch, which attracts hundreds of visitors.

For people with disabilities, the park has accessible restrooms and picnic sites.

Park reservations: Round Butte Overlook Park will open on May 23, 2015 and close on Sept. 13, 2015. If you are interested in making a reservation, please fill out the Day Use Area Permit Application (PDF) and return it via fax, mail or email. Phone-in reservations and email requests will be accepted beginning March 30, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.. Calls and emails will be returned in the order that they are received. For more information, email us or call 541-325-5292. Park rules (PDF) | Payment and cancellation policy

Directions: From Madras, travel west on Belmont Lane. Directional signs point the way to the park.

Park Features: Picnicking and wildlife viewing. The picnic area can hold up to 200 people and is not sheltered.

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Pelton Park — the great escape
Online reservations

Pelton Park is a vacationer’s paradise where you can boat, camp, fish, view wildlife and just relax. Located on the shore of Lake Simtustus, the reservoir behind Pelton Dam, this park has:
  • 67 campsites including yomes and cabins
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Day Use area
  • A swim area
  • A boat launch and moorage

The park store offers groceries, ice, cafe, internet access, fishing tackle, boat rental and fuel. The lake has a small water skiing area, but most of the lake has a speed limit of 10 miles per hour and is ideal for fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

For people with disabilities, the park has accessible restrooms and campsites.

Pelton Park map

Download a PDF of Pelton Park map Download map of Pelton Park (PDF)

Address: 3300 Pelton Dam Road, Madras, OR 97741

Directions: On Highway 26 approximately two miles south of Warm Springs, look for the access road. Follow the sign for Lake Simtustus.

Camping reservations: Pelton Park will open April 24 and close Sept. 27. Customers wishing to reserve a site at Pelton Park can do so directly through our online system beginning March 16. Reservations will be accepted online starting March 16 and by phone March 30 at 8:00 a.m.. For more information, email us or call Pelton Park. Park rules (PDF) | Payment and cancellation policy

Pelton Park: 541-325-5292

Pelton Park Store and Marina: 541-475-0516

Park features: Picnicking, camping, fishing, boating and wildlife viewing.

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Pelton Wildlife Overlook
At the Pelton Wildlife Overlook, located just north of Pelton Park, you can view ducks, geese, great blue herons, shorebirds, eagles and other raptors. Short trails lead to viewing platforms overlooking the Pelton Reregulating Reservoir.

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Trout Creek Ranch
This 3000 acre ranch was once used for raising cattle and sheep. Since PGE acquired the property, several habitat enhancement and restoration activities have occurred on this important tributary of the Deschutes River. The headquarters complex is a great venue for small groups to gather to learn about our restoration efforts and other programs designed for educational, scientific and interpretive purposes. Limited access is allowed for bird watching, hunting and hiking.

For more information or to make a reservation request, please fill out the Day Use Area Permit Application (PDF) and return it via fax, mail or email. To enter the lottery to hunt big game, fill out and return the Hunting Permit Application (PDF).

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Information on other PGE parks

Also see our regional map and chart showing all PGE park locations and services offered.

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Contact information
For more information, call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515 or email us.

Information is also available on hydroelectric project relicensing, protecting fish and learning opportunities at the parks.

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