Deschutes River

Learn how we’re working with local Tribes to generate hydropower as we restore fish to the Deschutes.

In the Deschutes River Basin, we work with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon to provide clean, emissions-free hydropower – enough to power more than 150,000 homes.

But that’s not all. We have another important set of goals: achieve long-term sustainability for the salmon and steelhead populations in the Upper and Lower Deschutes, help restore the regional watershed and contribute to the local economy.

Reconnecting the Deschutes River

See how we're collaborating to restore salmon and steelhead to a healthy Deschutes River while generating power at the Pelton Round Butte Project.

Monitoring water quality

Learn about our water quality studies and ongoing monitoring efforts on the Deschutes.

Studies & resources

Find recent studies, reports, and helpful fact sheets about our work on the Deschutes, as well as links to other resources.


Get the latest news about the work we’re doing on the Deschutes.

Restoring habitat along the Deschutes

Pelton Round Butte Fund

We fund habitat conservation, fish passage, and water quality projects throughout the Deschutes River Basin. Learn about past projects and apply for funding here.

Pacific Lamprey Fund

Learn about our efforts to identify and enhance Pacific lamprey habitats in the Lower Deschutes Basin.

Metolius Mule Deer Winter Range

Mule deer and other wildlife rely on the Metolius Mule Deer Winter Range for food and shelter. We’re making sure they can thrive during the coldest months of the year.

Shoreline management

Find information about how we manage competing uses on the shores of Lake Billy Chinook.

More information

Looking for fish counts and fish runs?

Find information here about what fish we’re currently seeing at our hydropower projects on the Clackamas, Deschutes, and Willamette Rivers.

PGE parks & campgrounds

Explore the beauty of the Northwest in PGE’s parks and campgrounds.