Round Butte Overlook Park

Come see Central Oregon’s natural beauty

Eagle’s eye view of the Deschutes River Canyon

Round Butte Overlook Park is a terrific place to picnic and enjoy spectacular views of the Deschutes River Canyon.

From the park, on the rim of canyon, you can look down on Round Butte Dam, Lake Billy Chinook and Lake Simtustus about 400 feet below. It’s a great spot to view wildlife, including bald eagles and ospreys.

In and around the observation building, you’ll find interpretive displays on the Round Butte Hydroelectric Project and Deschutes River fish and wildlife. Learn more about PGE’s efforts to protect fish on the Deschutes River.

The picnic area is reservable and can hold up to 200 people.

The park has barrier-free restrooms and picnic sites.

Directions to Round Butte Overlook Park

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Make a reservation – day use

Round Butte Overlook is open Thursday through Sunday from the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend. It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only following Labor Day Weekend through the end of September. The park is free and open to the public. 

If you want to reserve picnic tables, there is a small day-use fee. Please make a reservation using the Day Use Area Permit Application. Be sure to take a look at our Parks & Recreation Rules.

Reservations for the upcoming season will be accepted by phone starting the first business day in March at 8 a.m. 

Pelton area parks: 541-325-5292

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.