Cove Palisades

State Park - Oregon

The Cove Palisades State Park is in eastern Jefferson County, Oregon, near Culver and Madras is located on the waters and surrounding lands of Lake Billy Chinook, an impoundment of the Crooked, Deschutes, and Metolius rivers. The park offers two full-service campgrounds, rental cabins, food and supplies for sale, marina access to Lake Billy Chinook with watercraft rentals, fishing, day use and picnic areas, and hiking trails. The park also offers historical interpretation, which includes the Crooked River Petroglyph in the park.

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Map 2: Middle Deschutes, shows the section from Odin Falls to Lake Billy Chinook of Deschutes Wild & Scenic River (WSR) in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Deschutes River - 2 Middle Deschutes

Map 2: Middle Deschutes, shows the section from Odin Falls to Lake Billy Chinook of Deschutes Wild & Scenic River (WSR) in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of the Sisters Sub-Unit North of the Prineville Unit in the Central Oregon Protection District. Published by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Central Oregon - Sisters North 2015

Map of the Sisters Sub-Unit North of the Prineville Unit in the Central Oregon Protection District. Published by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Map 1 of the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Ochoco National Forest (NF) in Oregon. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Ochoco MVUM - Map 1 2019

Map 1 of the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Ochoco National Forest (NF) in Oregon. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

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Brochure and Map of Cove Palisades State Park (SP) in Oregon. Published by Oregon State Parks and Recreation.Cove Palisades - Brochure and Map

Brochure and Map of Cove Palisades State Park (SP) in Oregon. Published by Oregon State Parks and Recreation.

Campground Brochure and Map of Cove Palisades State Park (SP) in Oregon. Published by Oregon State Parks and Recreation.Cove Palisades - Campground

Campground Brochure and Map of Cove Palisades State Park (SP) in Oregon. Published by Oregon State Parks and Recreation.

Lake Billy Chinook Boater’s Guide with Map for Cove Palisades State Park (SP) in Oregon. Published by Oregon State Parks and Recreation.Cove Palisades - Lake Billy Chinook Boater’s Guide

Lake Billy Chinook Boater’s Guide with Map for Cove Palisades State Park (SP) in Oregon. Published by Oregon State Parks and Recreation.

Cove Palisades SP https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=24 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cove_Palisades_State_Park The Cove Palisades State Park is in eastern Jefferson County, Oregon, near Culver and Madras is located on the waters and surrounding lands of Lake Billy Chinook, an impoundment of the Crooked, Deschutes, and Metolius rivers. The park offers two full-service campgrounds, rental cabins, food and supplies for sale, marina access to Lake Billy Chinook with watercraft rentals, fishing, day use and picnic areas, and hiking trails. The park also offers historical interpretation, which includes the Crooked River Petroglyph in the park.
Hiking Trials Tam-a-láu Trail Length: 6 miles round trip from the trailhead in the Deschutes Campground; 7 miles round trip from the trailhead in the Upper Deschutes Day-use Area boat trailer parking lot. Difficulty: Moderate, with 600 feet elevation gain. Trek to the top of a high plateau for spectacular views of the snow-capped Cascade Range and the Deschutes and Crooked river canyons. You’ll pass stunning geological formations and areas rich in wildlife and unspoiled native vegetation. The Tam-a-láu Trail derives its name from a Native American phrase meaning “place of big rocks on the ground.” This also was the name of an ancient trail that passed through the area as part of a trade route to the Columbia River. In 1878, the original homesteader named a refreshing swimming hole on the Crooked River “The Cove.” The name stuck when the state leased the first land for a park in 1940. “Palisades” refers to the tall column-like formations seen in the basalt rimrocks. Crooked River Rim Trail Length: 2 miles, out-and-back. Difficulty: Moderate, 210 feet elevation gain Enjoy spectacular views of the Cascades and the Crooked River arm of the reservoir, with glimpses of the Deschutes arm in the distance. Designed and constructed by our partner, PGE, this trail provides the perfect vantage point to view “The Island,” a 200-acre landform that splits the two arms and serves as vital habitat for raptors. You'll also look down on a sculpted erosional remnant known as “The Ship.” Boating Wetland Nature Trail Loop Length: ¼ mile. Difficulty: Easy Observe dear, rabbits and hawks as you stroll through an ongoing wetland restoration project at the site of a 2015 wildfire. Before the fire, invasive plants choked and flooded the Crooked River wetlands. Now the area is a monarch butterfly habitat and an outdoor classroom for Culver Middle School students, who adopted the site and planted milkweed, coyote willow and red twig dogwood. The Cove Palisades also offers guided kayak excursions in spring and fall. For details and registration, go to “Events” at store.oregonstateparks.org. Crooked River Water Trail Paddlers of all experience levels can explore the six-mile Crooked River Water Trail on the Crooked River arm of the reservoir. Beneath the surface of the water lie many historical features that became submerged when Round Butte Dam was installed in 1964, including a homestead, peach orchard, and the original state park campground, built in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Experienced paddlers will enjoy the solitude on the two-mile stretch south of the bridge, where few motorized boats venture. ADA kayak launches are at the Crooked River and Upper Deschutes day-use areas. Each summer, Lake Billy Chinook’s expansive waters, sunny skies and dramatic scenery attract all manner of boaters. Me tol iou s Round Butte Dam R iver Madras Lake Billy Chinook 26 361 97 ute s R i ve r To Prineville Culver C ro ok ed sch The Cove Palisades State Park Metolius The Cove Palisades State Park Riv De 97 26 e r Smith Rock State Park Recreation Guide Parking for the day requires a parking permit year round. Automatic ticket machines are in each of the three day-use parking lots. Annual and two-year parking passes are available at the park office, camping registration booths (summer only) and from the online store at oregonstateparks.org. A valid Oregon State Parks camping receipt serves as a day-use parking permit for the days listed. ►►265 campsites, including 174 RV sites in two campgrounds; ►►Six campsites that are accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act; ►►Three deluxe log cabins with bathrooms and lake views; ►►Group tent area with three group sites. Reserve campsites, group areas and cabins at oregonstateparks.org up to nine months in advance. L Trail etiquette ►►Stay on the trail. Taking shortcuts causes erosion and harms plants and wildlife. ►►Take only pictures; leave only footprints. Do not pick or dig plants. Do not disturb or remove any rock structures. ►►Stay hydrated and carry plenty of water when hiking. ►►Rattlesnakes inhabit the area; be alert. ►►Pack out all trash. There are no garbage cans on trails. ►►Keep dogs on leashes (6' max) at all times. ►►Camping is not permitted on park trails. ocated in the heart of central Oregon and encompassing the Deschutes and Crooked River canyons, The Cove Palisades State Park is a popular year-round destination for camping and watersports. Hiking trails allow sounds and scenery of Oregon’s high desert, while paddling routes To Sisters Redmond Lake Billy Chinook’s varied catch includes Kokanee (sockeye salmon), small and large mouth bass, and many trout species. The lake is especially well known for its bull trout fishery. Crawfish fishing is also popular. A tribal angling permit is required on the Metolius arm; an Oregon fishing license is required everywhere. The Crooked River and Deschutes arms are open year round; the Metoliu
Park Information: one day to nine months in advance by calling 1-800-452-5687 or visiting www.oregonstateparks.org. If your reservation is for today call 541-546-3412. Otherwise, call 1-800-452-5687. 1-800-551-6949 www.oregonstateparks.org The Cove Palisades State Park offers two campgrounds and Enjoy Year-Round Cabin Comforts Shaped by Fire and Water The Cove Palisades State Park Universal Access Riv er Crooked River Day-use Area  Upper Deschutes Day-use Area i u s Riv e r Marina/cabin area  Lower Deschutes Day-use Area Metol Madras Lake Billy Chinook Metolius 26 97 Park entrance Culver To Prineville  Deschutes River Campground Crooked River Campground r Group camp ve Smoking in Oregon State Parks is allowed only in personal vehicles, RVs, campsites and portions of day use parks along state highways that are designated as safety rest areas by the Oregon Department of Transportation. iu s Round Butte Dam 97 Ri Rates are subject to change. You can get up-to-date information by calling 1-800-551-6949 or visiting www.oregonstateparks.org. ol Met Lake Billy Chinook 26 d Latitude: 44.54648 N Longitude: -121.250542 W The Cove Palisades ke Camping Rates The Cove Palisades has three day-use areas, one on the Crooked River arm of the reservoir and two on the Deschutes River. Each has a boat ramp, courtesy dock, sandy beaches, picnic sites, and a restroom. Upper Deschutes Day-use Area has a reservable picnic pavilion. Day-use parking permits are required. Your camping receipt serves as a daily permit for each of the days you are registered. Purchase a daily permit from a fee machine at the park. Annual and 24-month permits are also sold online at store.oregonstateparks.org, at major park offices and at some merchants near the park. oo Campsites A44, B38, E14, E39, E44, and E70 are accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Day-use Amenities To Warm Springs Cr Off US 97, 15 miles SW of Madras 7300 Jordan Road, Culver, OR 97734 541-546-3412 • • • • • • • Support your parks by becoming a member of the Oregon State Parks Foundation. Free 12-month day-use parking permit with your membership. oregonstateparksfoundation.org. Hiking: The park offers over 10 miles of trails, from short connecting trails to the seven-mile Tam-a-lau Trail. (NOTE: Please stay on established trails. Rattlesnakes inhabit the area; be alert.) er • • • (12 pull-through) 91 tent sites with water nearby Paved parking, picnic table, and fire ring at all sites 3 group tent camping areas (one RV per area, no hookups) Flush toilets and hot showers Firewood for sale Camp store 21 reservable boat moorages Fish cleaning station Outdoor amphitheater Fenced, off-leash pet exercise area Ancient area inhabitants carved mysterious symbols into a massive boulder called the “Crooked River Petroglyph.” It lies near the group camp below a formation called Ship Rock. Boating: The marina has boat moorage as well as boats and houseboats for rent. It also has a store and a restaurant. Season runs Memorial Day to Labor Day. Call 541-546-9999. Riv • 82 full-hookup sites with sewer, electricity, and water Named “The Cove” by the original homesteader, the word “Palisades” refers to the tall column-like formations in the basalt rimrocks. Lake Billy Chinook was formed by the construction of Round Butte Dam in 1964. tes (Open mid-May to mid-September) See The Cove's Recreation Guide for more information Fishing: Lake Billy Chinook is home to kokanee salmon, small and large mouth bass, and a number of trout species, especially bull trout. The Crooked River and Upper Deschutes River Day-use Areas are open year-round. chu Deschutes Campground So Much to do Des (Open mid-February to mid-December) • 88 electrical sites with water • RV dump station • Boat trailer parking lot • Paved parking, picnic table, and fire ring at all sites • Flush toilets and hot showers • Firewood for sale • Outdoor amphitheater • Fenced, off-leash pet exercise area Viewpoint Road Crooked River Campground 63400-8861 (4/19) Geologists say that 10–12 million years ago, alternating layers of stream sediments, volcanic debris, and basaltic lava flows from the Cascade Range were deposited into a huge basin in this area. Named “The Deschutes Formation,” these exposed layers of material were capped by lava flows from Cascade volcanoes three million years ago. This cap, known as “The Rimrock Basalt,” is visible throughout the park high atop the cliffs. Subsequent periods of water erosion and volcanic activity formed today's dramatic canyons and vertical cliffs. r Cr oo ke d Ri ve opportunities for year-round recreation amidst a scenic high desert canyon reservoir in central Oregon. The Cove has three deluxe cabins available to rent. The three-room cabins sleep five and feature bathrooms, showers, and beds with vinyl-covered mattresses. They also have microwaves, gas barbecues, and refrigerators as well as covered por
Lake Billy Chinook The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Monty Campground Access and moorage prohibited 10 541-546-3412 The Cove Palisades Marina & Resort 541-549-7700 Boat-in campground Portable toilet required Big Canyon Juniper Canyon The Island National Natural Landmark Store, fuel, permits Perry South Campground 541-553-2001 Oregon State Marine Board Boat Oregon Map: arcg.is/29eCYSV 503-378-8587 www.boatoregon.com •• Boaters must operate at slow no wake within 200' of a boat ramp, marina or moorage that has capacity for 6 or more vessels and within 300 feet of swim areas. rd te s 0 0.5 1 miles D ADA Accessible Day-use area d (63400-8015 (3/18) •• Mooring to the shoreline or safety booms is prohibited Information: boatoregon.com To Culver Crooked River Campground Deschutes Campground  •• Boating prohibited in the area enclosed by the safety boom upstream from Round Butte Dam. All information or fees subject to change without notice. This brochure is available in alternative formats upon request. Call 1-800-551-6949. Oregon Relay for the hearing impaired: dial 711. SW Jordan Rd ordan R To SW Geneva Rd SW J To Three Rivers Recreation Area, Perry South Campground, Monty Campground •• Beaching, anchoring, mooring and camping are restricted on the Crooked River and Deschutes River arms, on Chinook Island, and along the North Shore of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Printed on recycled paper. SW Peck Rd an R d SW Graham Rd SW Forest Park Rd •• 10 mph speed limit restrictions on the Metolius, Crooked and Deschutes rivers. SW Jo www.oregonstateparks.org Boating Waterway Regulations Flush toilet April–Oct Vault toilet year-round ADA kayak launch Flush toilet May–Oct Flush toilet May–Oct Vault toilet year-round ADA kayak launch 10 MPH iver 541-475-6520 Crooked River R Jefferson County Marine Patrol Store, cafe, fuel, rentals, pumpout station View Dr Mt Lower Deschutes Upper Deschutes ro ok ed Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Natural Resources Branch 541-325-5333 503-464-8515 Three Rivers Marina R i ver Portland General Electric Round Butte Office Parks and Recreation portlandgeneral.com/parks BLM Beach SW Crooked River National Grasslands 541-475-9272 or 541-416-6640 u U.S. Forest Service Sisters Ranger District Moorage permitted 7am–9 pm, April–Oct r ve Ri The Cove Palisades Resort and Marina 541-546-9999 reservations 1-877-546-7171 reek t C e e r St Chinook Island Box Canyon Lake Billy Chinook Boater’s Guide To Madras Round Butte Dam es ch The Cove Palisades State Park Call 911 s iu tol Me MPH Emergencies SW Belmont Ln Round Butte Overlook Park C 10 MPH Fuel Store Houseboat buoy 9 on Crooked arm 6 on Deschutes arm No moorage within 200ft of shoreline Camping Picnic area Restroom Boat ramp The Cove Palisades State Park boundary Floating restroom Fishing 10 miles per hour zone T hree rivers converge to form the vast aquatic playground known as Lake Billy Chinook. Created when Portland General Electric (PGE) completed the Round Butte Dam in 1964, this 4,000-acre high desert reservoir lies in a canyon at the confluence of the Crooked, Deschutes, and Metolius rivers near Culver and Madras. The lake is framed by towering rock cliffs, sculpted over millions of years by volcanic activity and the erosive force of water. A juniper woodlands and shrub-steppe surround the lake, providing homes for animals such as mule deer, coyote, black-tailed jackrabbit and cougars. From the top of the canyon, the snow-capped peaks of the Cascades Range anchor an enormous sky to the rugged desert landscape that sprawls in the distance. Lake Billy Chinook is indeed a spectacular—and humbling—setting for any type of water recreation. The name Billy Chinook honors a local chief and tribal member of the Wasco Nation who was a guide for American explorers in the 1840s and a sergeant for the U.S. Army Indian Scouts in 1866. Boat rentals and supplies Stay safe near dams The Cove Palisades Resort & Marina on the Crooked River arm rents houseboats for overnight stays, motorized and nonmotorized boats, water toys, boat moorages and supplies. The marina also includes a café and store that sells fuel and ice. covepalisadesresort.com or 877-546-7171. Reservoirs provide excellent places for fishing, boating, and camping; they also present potential risks. Boater education card Stop aquatic hitchhikers Operators of powerboats greater than 10 HP and youth ages 12–15 operating any sized powerboat are required to have a boater education card. Children younger than 12 may not operate a powerboat in Oregon. Boat renters do not need a card, but must complete the watercraft rental safety checklist. What to bring •• Personal flotation device (lifejacket) for each person aboard. All children 12 and younger must wear a properly fitted US Coast Guard-approved life jacket while on a boat that is underway. •• Soun

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