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Round Butte Overlook Park

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PGE Parks and COVID-19

The safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is very important to us. In late March, we temporarily closed our recreation sites to support local, state and federal public health orders. We took a phased approach to reopening, beginning in late May, and now all PGE parks are open except for Faraday Lake, which is closed until the spring of 2021 for construction.

We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities and our recreation partners as we operate our park and recreation facilities.

Visitors to parks are asked to practice physical distancing from those outside their immediate party.

To help protect visitors’ health and safety, we are keeping campground showers and large-group communal areas closed, increasing the frequency of facilities cleaning and disinfecting, posting signage to promoting physical distancing, and scheduling additional staff.

The company is also working with concessionaires at PGE Parks to help them follow CDC safety guidelines.

ALERT: Pelton Dam Road is under construction through June 2020. Call 503-325-5331 for current road closures.

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. Every February, it’s the site for the annual Eagle Watch, which attracts hundreds of visitors.

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.

Round Butte Overlook details

Round Butte Overlook is open from June 1 through Sept. 7, 2020, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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 2020 will be accepted by phone starting March 2, 8 a.m.

Pelton area parks: 541-325-5292


From Madras, travel west on Belmont Lane. Follow the signs for Round Butte Overlook Park.

Contact us

For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.

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