Parks & Campgrounds

Find your new favorite spot to spend a day or a weekend at one of PGE’s many parks and campgrounds.

We love the outdoors as much as you do

Oregon is a dream location for the outdoor enthusiast, and a great way to explore the beauty of the Northwest is at one of PGE's parks or campgrounds. 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. There are so many ways to have fun outdoors. Come play at our parks.

Featured: Discover two of our hidden gems

For a family-friendly camping adventure with a touch of luxury, explore our best-kept secrets. Promontory Park, nestled on a ridge near the scenic Upper Clackamas River, provides a charming haven ideal for traditional tent camping. Meanwhile, Pelton Park, tucked into a canyon near Madras, serves as an oasis with electric sites best suited to RVs and camper vans. Both parks offer showers and marinas, affording a relaxing getaway.

Pelton Park

Pelton Park is a vacationer’s paradise where you can boat, camp, fish, view wildlife and relax.

Promontory Park

If you’re looking for nostalgic, family-friendly camping in the Portland area, Promontory Park is the place.

7 options for free fun at PGE parks

Enjoying the great outdoors shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, many PGE parks offer low-cost or no-cost options. Here are a few free ideas for your day trip, staycation or Oregon getaway:

The Clackamas River corridor is a mecca for outdoor recreation just outside of Portland. From our river access sites, you can launch your watercraft for up to 13 miles of class II-IV whitewater rapids, take in the canyon’s grand views or just enjoy the mountain-fed waters of the Wild and Scenic Upper Clackamas.

Over miles of winding back roads, more than 30 pillars stand guard over the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook. If you’re in the area, this short, barrier-free hike to see Oregon’s “hoodoos” at Balancing Rocks Overlook — towering rock formations that are more than 20,000 years old. It's well worth the time.

Small Fry Lake at Promontory Park was developed exclusively for young anglers. Kids up to 17 years old can fish for two trout per day on this pond, which is stocked in early summer. The marina opens for the season on May 1, and the campground opens Memorial Day weekend.

This former homestead area provides habitat for mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, bobcat, antelope and cougar. Numerous birds and small mammals also call Trout Creek Ranch their home. Bring your binoculars!

Bring your kayak, paddle board or motorcraft for a day on scenic Lake Simtustus at Pelton Park – a vacationer’s paradise near Madras, Oregon.

Enjoy a spectacular panorama of the Deschutes River Canyon from Round Butte Overlook, a great spot to view bald eagles, ospreys and the Central Oregon landscape. Opens for the season Memorial Day weekend.

Trojan Park is a delightful day-use park with facilities for picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, paddling and disc golf. The disc golf course, ponds and trails are open year-round.

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Clackamas River Access Sites

A wild and scenic river

The Clackamas River corridor is a mecca for outdoor recreation just outside of Portland. Along its banks you can find plenty of paddling, hiking, bicycling and camping. And from our river access sites, you can launch your watercraft for up to 13 miles of class II-IV whitewater rapids, take in the canyon’s grand views or just enjoy the mountain-fed waters of the Wild and Scenic Upper Clackamas.

Explore our parks

Balancing Rocks Overlook

Ghostly pedestals on the canyon’s rim.

Faraday Lake

The perfect biking, running and walking spot, all year long.

Lake Harriet

Quiet fishing retreat near Mount Hood.

Monty Campground

A remote getaway.

Pelton Park & Wildlife Overlook

Central Oregon’s great escape.

Perry South Campground

Rugged meets comfort.

Promontory Park

The perfect family getaway.

Round Butte Overlook Park

Come see Central Oregon’s natural beauty.

Timber Park

Serene beauty close to the city.

Timothy Lake

Breathtaking scenery in the forests of Mount Hood.

Trojan Park

Picnic and play near the Columbia River.

Trout Creek Ranch

Habitat restoration and nature appreciation in Central Oregon.

How do you like to play outside?

SUP rental? Check! Barrier-free camping? Of course! From kayaking and motor-boating to disc-golf, hunting, playground fun or just connecting with nature, there are lots of ways to play at our parks and campgrounds. The chart below gives quick highlights, then check out all the things you can do, and where you can do them.

Just for kids (and their parents)

Become a Junior Ranger

Now online! Kids can learn about the animals and plants in our parks by doing fun, interactive activities to earn a Junior Ranger badge.

What fish are swimming right now?

Get fish counts for the Clackamas, Deschutes, Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Enjoy parks near dams

Fishing, boating, and camping near dams, reservoirs and powerhouses can present risks. Understand the hazards and safety measures when visiting.

Support land and wildlife

We’re looking out for fish, wildlife, and their habitats everywhere we work.

Frequently asked questions and answers

Managing parks and recreation sites is actually a requirement of PGE’s license to operate its hydroelectric projects. This requirement ensures that we’re providing Oregonians with access to natural areas while using public resources, such as local rivers, to generate power. In addition to keeping our parks comfortable, clean, and educational, PGE is also required to maintain public roads near our hydropower projects and contract with law enforcement to protect public safety.

Reservation and parking fees, which are comparable to those charged by county, state, and federal parks, help pay for a portion of park management costs. PGE is always evaluating potential improvements to our parks to ensure their ongoing safety and accessibility, while working to keep customer costs as low as possible.

Some parks are open year-round, while others open seasonally for the summer. Check the amenities chart above for a quick peek at when each park is open. If you are curious about hours, you’ll usually find them posted at the park entrance. If the hours are not posted, day-use parks are open from dawn to dusk.

To make a campsite reservation, just click on the park you’d like to visit and then scroll down until you see “Make a Reservation.” This will take you to our partner site for online camping booking. If you’re looking at one our group day-use areas, scroll down again to “Make a Reservation” and send us your completed Day Use Area Permit Application. We’ll get back to you to confirm your reservation.

Curious if you can collect plants in our parks, operate a remote-controlled device or bring along your furry friend while camping? Our Parks & Recreation Rules have you covered. Check them out for the details on what’s allowed and what’s not.

You can send a message through our contact form, email us at or give us a ring on the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.