Round Butte Overlook Park

Drink in Central Oregon’s natural beauty

Eagle’s eye view of the Deschutes River Canyon

Round Butte Overlook Park is a terrific place to picnic and enjoy spectacular views of the Deschutes River Canyon.

From the park, on the rim of canyon, you can look down on Round Butte Dam, Lake Billy Chinook and Lake Simtustus about 400 feet below. It’s a great spot to view wildlife, including bald eagles and ospreys. In late winter, it’s the site for the annual Eagle Watch, which attracts hundreds of visitors.

In addition, you’ll find interpretive displays on the Round Butte Hydroelectric Project and Deschutes River fish and wildlife. Learn more about PGE’s efforts to protect fish on the Deschutes River.

The picnic area can hold up to 200 people. For people with disabilities, the park has accessible restrooms and picnic sites.

Round Butte Overlook reservations

Round Butte Overlook is open from May 26 through Sept. 17, and reopens every February for the Eagle Watch. The park is free and open to the public. If you want to reserve picnic tables, there is a small day-use fee. Please make a reservation using the Day Use Area Permit Application.

Reservations for 2017 will be accepted by phone starting March 1.

For more information, use our contact form or call 541-325-5292.


From Madras, travel west on Belmont Lane and follow the signs to the park.

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