Pelton Park

Central Oregon's great escape

Swim, fish and camp in style

Pelton Park is a vacationer’s paradise where you can boat, camp, fish, view wildlife and relax. It’s near Madras on the shore of Lake Simtustus, the reservoir behind Pelton Dam. 

  • 67 campsites, including yomes and cabins

  • Restrooms and showers

  • Concessions

  • A swim area (for campers only)

  • A boat launch and moorage 

A yome is a cross between a rustic yurt and a dome, with canvas walls on a platform. Each yome is equipped with bunk beds and sleeps four; there is an outlet, but there are no heaters or air conditioning units.

We also have cabins — these are equipped with bunk beds, a small table and an air conditioning unit.

For both, just bring your cooking stove and supplies, toiletries and bedding.

The park store offers groceries, ice, fishing tackle, boat rental, fuel and a cafe.

The lake has a small water skiing area, but most of the lake has a speed limit of 10 miles per hour and so is ideal for fishing and paddling. There is a two-mile hiking trail along the ridgeline above the park, offering views of Lake Simtustus and the Cascades.

The park has barrier-free restrooms and campsites.

At the Pelton Wildlife Overlook, just north of Pelton Park, you can view ducks, geese, great blue herons, shorebirds, eagles and other raptors. Short trails lead to viewing platforms overlooking the Pelton Reregulating Reservoir.

Pelton Park is open for day use, including fishing, year round.

Directions to Pelton Park

Pelton Park campground at a glance

Campsites are available from the second Friday in May through the last weekend in September. Campers can make online reservations for the upcoming season beginning the first business day in January at 8 a.m., or by phone/email starting the first business day in March at 8 a.m.

Pets are only permitted at select cabin and yome sites. Pets are permitted on leash at tent sites.

Pelton Park Campground

Standard, Non-electric

Fee

$24

Sites

67

Boat launch

Yes

Hike-to sites

n/a

Barrier-free sites

Yes

Pelton Park Campground

Standard, Electric

Fee

$31

Sites

Boat launch

Hike-to sites

Barrier-free sites

Pelton Park Campground

Yome, Electric

Fee

$35

Sites

Boat launch

Hike-to sites

Barrier-free sites

Pelton Park Campground

Double Yome

Fee

$70

Sites

Boat launch

Hike-to sites

Barrier-free sites

Pelton Park Campground

Group Site

Fee

$58

Sites

Boat launch

Hike-to sites

Barrier-free sites

Pelton Park Campground

Cabin, Electric

Fee

$50

Sites

Boat launch

Hike-to sites

Barrier-free sites

Make a reservation

Click on a campground below to make a reservation or call 541-325-5292. Online campsite reservations open on the first business day of January at 8 a.m. Phone or email reservations open on the first business day of March at 8 a.m. For the Pelton Park Store and Marina call 541-475-0516.

For more information

Use our contact form or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.

Thinking ahead

We’re committed to keeping our parks safe, clean, sustainable and welcoming – but we need your help.

Before you go

  • Make a plan: Check for road closures on your route and research your destination for the possibility of fire bans, reservoir-swimming restrictions or other conditions that may affect your visit.

  • …and a plan B: Make a backup plan in case of crowds. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, come back another day. (Tip: try visiting on weekdays or at off-peak times to beat the crowd!)

During your visit

Keep it clear: Park only in designated areas. Do not double-park or block entrances.

  • Stop the spread: Wear a mask around people outside of your own party and practice social distancing.

  • Leave no trace: Help us protect these natural areas by staying on-trail, packing out your trash, and admiring wildlife from a distance.