Shoreline Management

PGE and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, (the license holders for the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project) developed a Shoreline Management Plan to protect public health and safety and balance competing uses on the shorelines of Lake Billy Chinook and Lake Simtustus, within the project boundary.

A Shoreline Management Working Group provides input and guidance to help the licensees with this effort. The group includes private property owners as well as representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Branch of Natural Resources, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the federal Bureau of Land Management, Jefferson County and the licensees.

Our goals

The goals of the management plan are to manage shoreline structures within the project boundary to protect public health and safety, protect environmental values, and manage the lands and waters associated with the project in a manner that assures safe and reliable generation of emissions-free hydroelectric power.

This includes keeping an accurate inventory of existing uses and development on the two reservoirs as well as providing consistent and coordinated management of new development, erosion control, enhancement of shoreline habitat and vegetation, protection of cultural resources and control of in-water structures.

The plan also helps the licensees and their partners evaluate proposed shoreline actions consistently across multiple ownership, jurisdictional and management boundaries, recognizing existing uses of the shoreline and balancing the interests of the licensees, private and commercial property owners, and recreational users.


Refill/drawdown schedule

Lake Billy Chinook will be at full pool in late spring 2017 and the drawdown for the winter will happen in early fall. A notification will be sent to all property owners in the fall prior to reservoir drawdown.

If there are any variances from this schedule we will update this page with the pertinent information.

Transferring permits when selling your property

If you sell your shoreline property, your shoreline permit needs to be transferred to the new owner. Unfortunately, shoreline permits are not recorded with Jefferson County, so if you sell your property, the permit will not automatically transfer to the new owner at closing.

Simply send an email to indicating that you have sold the property. We will follow up with the new owners and get the permit transferred to them.

Important documents and links

Management plan

Construction standards

Permitting process and applications

Meeting notes from annual meetings

Sites within the project area