With better weather on the horizon and the promise of summer fun knocking down your door, now is the perfect time to ask yourself how you like to play outside. Are you up for a tough hike with a gorgeous mountain view? Maybe a relaxing day on a paddleboard is more your speed. What about a round of disc golf with friends?
Whatever your activity, we have a park for you! But while life may be hard, we’re simplifying this decision for you by highlighting 5 activities that you can enjoy at 5 of our parks. Read on to find the perfect destination based on your type of fun.
This scenic viewpoint in Central Oregon, open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, is a terrific place to picnic and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Billy Chinook . It’s also a prime spot to observe wildlife, including bald and golden eagles, ospreys and other soaring species. Don’t forget the binoculars!
Pelton Park, Balancing Rocks Overlook, Round Butte Overlook and Trojan Park all have lovely short trails for the day-tripper – but the 12-mile lakeside loop at Timothy Lake is hard to beat. The trail is also open to beginner mountain bikers and equestrians. Pro tip: Visit on a weekday or early in the morning to beat the weekend crowds.
Most PGE Parks have a spot to cast a line, but only Promontory Park has Small Fry Lake, a kid’s fishing pond for anglers 17 and younger. Stop by in May or June for a stocked lake and an easy catch.
Are you SUP for an adventure? Pelton Park on Lake Simtustus is a scenic spot for paddling, boating and fishing. Don’t have your own board? No sweat! Rentals are available at the marina.
This day-use park in Rainier, Oregon hosts a challenging disc golf course, popular with amateurs and professionals alike.
While we’ve highlighted five of our fantastic parks, we have plenty more options for you to have fun and explore the beauty of the Northwest.
From beautiful views to well-maintained trails, family-friendly programs to accessible features, PGE parks have something for everyone, whether it’s your first time visiting or your 50th. Some parks are only open seasonally, so be sure to check our website before planning your trip.