PGE Parks and COVID-19
The safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is very important to us. To ensure their safety, we have temporarily closed the 14 parks and recreation areas we operate.
We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities and our recreation partners when responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Get the latest updates on PGE’s Parks and Recreation COVID-19 response activities.
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 May 22 through Sept. 7, 2020. It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only through Sept. 27, 2020. The park is free and open to the public.
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.
For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.