ALERT: Pelton Dam Road is under construction.
Call 503-325-5331 for current road closures.
Face coverings are currently required statewide and at our recreation sites for indoor public spaces at all times.
They are required for outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible.
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Oregon, visit the OHA.
For recommendations on how to protect yourself while at parks, visit the CDC.
Area wildfires affected our parks along the Clackamas River and in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Here is the status of our parks:
- Reopened: Promontory Boat Launch (through October. Marina, store and campground are closed)
- Closed Indefinitely: Timber Park (effective 10/9), Faraday Road, Clackamas River Access Sites, Lake Harriet, Timothy Lake
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.