Pelton Park

Central Oregon’s great escape

ALERT: Pelton Dam Road is closed for construction until November 2019.

During construction, Pelton Park can be accessed from Hwy 26, just south of Warm Springs. Round Butte Overlook Park can be accessed from SW Belmont Lane in Madras.

Call 503-325-5331 for updates.

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
  • Concessions
  • 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 cooking gear, toiletries and bedding.

The park store offers groceries, ice, fishing tackle, boat rental, fuel and a cafe. 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 and paddling. There is a two-mile hiking trail along the ridgeline above the park, offering views of Lake Simtustus and the Cascades.

The park has barrier-free 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.

Pelton Wildlife Overlook is open year-round for day use only. The park is free and open to the public.

Be sure to take a look at our Day Use Park Rules.

Pelton Park details

Pelton Park is open for day use, including fishing, year round. 

Campsites are available from May 8 through Sept. 26, 2020. Campers can make online reservations for the 2020 season beginning Jan. 2 at 8 a.m., or by phone/email starting March 2 at 8 a.m.

Pets are permitted in select cabin and yome sites. Pets are permitted on leash at tent sites. See Parks & Recreation Rules for more details.

Make a reservation for Pelton Park

Pelton Park: 541-325-5292

Pelton Park Store and Marina: 541-475-0516


On Highway 26, about two miles south of Warm Springs, look for Pelton Dam Road. Follow signs for Pelton Park.

(Please note that with a mapping app the street address may not take you to the park.)

3300 Pelton Dam Road
Madras, OR 97741

Contact us

For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.

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