PGE Parks and COVID-19
The safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is critical to us. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and our recreation partners as we operate our park and recreation facilities.
Masks, face shields or other face coverings are currently required statewide in Oregon for indoor public spaces—this includes park stores, visitor centers and multi-stall restrooms. Effective July 15, face coverings are also required in Oregon’s outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.
To help protect visitors’ health and safety, we are operating showers on a limited basis and reservable large-group areas with restrictions. We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting facilities, posted signage to promoting safety measures and requirements, and cancelled all events and in-person educational programs.
The company is working with concessionaires at PGE Parks to help them follow CDC and OHA safety guidelines.
ALERT: Pelton Dam Road is under construction through September 2020. Call 503-325-5331 for current road closures.
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. Every February, it’s the site for the annual Eagle Watch, which attracts hundreds of visitors.
In and around the observation building, 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 is reservable and can hold up to 200 people.
The park has barrier-free restrooms and picnic sites.
Round Butte Overlook details
Round Butte Overlook is open from June 1 through Sept. 7, 2020, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The park is free and open to the public.
Reservations for 2020 will be accepted by phone starting March 2, 8 a.m.
Pelton area parks: 541-325-5292
From Madras, travel west on Belmont Lane. Follow the signs for Round Butte Overlook Park.
For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.