Pelton Park & Wildlife Overlook
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.

Pelton Park offers:

  • 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 yurt and a dome, with canvas walls on a platform. Each yome is equipped with bunk beds and sleeps four; there is electricity, 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 PGE along the ridgeline above the park, offering views of Lake Simtustus and the Cascades.

The park has barrier-free restrooms and campsites

Pelton Park details

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

Campsites are available the Friday before Memorial Day 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 permitted in select cabin and yome sites. Pets are permitted on leash at tent sites. See Parks & Recreation Rules PGE for more details.

Learn more about PGE’s efforts to protect fish on the Clackamas River.

Check out our campgrounds at Timothy LakeLake HarrietPromontory Park and Pelton Park.

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