Round Butte Overlook Park

Come see Central Oregon’s natural beauty

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

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 May 22 through Sept. 7, 2020. It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only through Sept. 27, 2020. 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. Be sure to take a look at our Parks & Recreation Rules.

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.

Contact us

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

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