PARK ALERT: We are monitoring Lake Simtustus for blue-green algae blooms and have issued an advisory. The lake is open for recreation, however blooms are present and can be harmful to pets and people if accidentally ingested. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority for more information.
Swim, fish and camp in style
Pelton Park is a vacationer’s paradise where you can boat, camp, fish, view wildlife and relax. It’s near Madras on the shore of Lake Simtustus, the reservoir behind Pelton Dam.
Pelton Park offers:
- 67 campsites, including yomes and cabins
- Restrooms and showers
- A swim area (for campers only)
- A boat launch and moorage
A yome is a cross between a yurt and a dome, with canvas walls. Each yome is equipped with a futon and bunk bed and sleeps four; the cabins have bunk beds, table and air conditioning unit. For both, just bring your sleeping bags.
The park store offers groceries, ice, a cafe, 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 so is ideal for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. There is a two-mile hiking trail along the ridgeline above the park, offering views of Lake Simtustus and the Cascades.
For people with disabilities, the park has accessible restrooms and campsites.
Pelton Wildlife Overlook
At the Pelton Wildlife Overlook, 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. Day use only.
Pelton Park details
There are no sites available for the Solar Eclipse weekend of Aug. 19th-21st.
Pelton Park is open for day use, including fishing, year round. Campsites are available from April 21 through Oct. 1, 2017. Campers can make online reservations for the 2017 season beginning Jan. 3 at 9 a.m., or by phone/email starting March 1, 8 a.m.
For more information, use our contact form or call Pelton Park at 541-325-5292.
Pelton Park Store and Marina: 541-475-0516
Address and directions
3300 Pelton Dam Road
Madras, OR 97741
On Highway 26, about two miles south of Warm Springs, look for the access road. Follow the sign for Lake Simtustus. Download a map of Lake Simtustus.