A remote getaway
PGE Parks and COVID-19
The safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is very important to us. To ensure their safety during the coronavirus crisis, on March 23, 2020 we temporarily closed the 14 parks and recreation areas we operate. We are taking a phased approach to reopening them, in cooperation with managers of other nearby recreation sites.
Announced re-opening dates
Open as of May 22:
- Promontory Park
- North Fork Boat Launch
- Pelton Park
- Pelton Wildlife Overlook
- Trojan Park
Opening May 29:
- Timothy Lake
- Lake Harriet
- Clackamas River access sites
- Balancing Rocks
- Monty Campground
- Perry South Campground
Opening June 1:
- Round Butte Overlook
- Timber Park
Closed Indefinitely for reasons unrelated to COVID-19:
- Faraday Lake (for construction)
- Trout Creek Ranch (for golden eagle nesting)
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 open 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.
Rustic camping on the peaceful Metolius River
Just upstream of Lake Billy Chinook, this campground along the lower Metolius River offers fishing and camping in a peaceful setting.
While Monty Campground can accommodate a small RV or trailer, it is best suited for tent camping. There is no electricity at the campground, and the access roads can be extremely rough so it’s best to take it slow and steady.
The dozen campsites each include a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. You must bring your own drinking water. Vault toilets are available.Created by Round Butte Dam, Lake Billy Chinook is the highlight of the area. It fills the canyons of the Crooked, Metolius and Deschutes rivers, creating 72 miles of shoreline and supporting fish habitat for bass, trout, salmon, whitefish, suckers, minnows and dace. The surrounding rugged hills and evergreen forests offer homes for bald eagles, mule deer, coyote, black-tailed jackrabbit and cougars.
The park is located in the Deschutes National Forest. PGE manages this site in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
Monty Campground details
Monty Campground is open from May 2 to Sept. 12, 2020.
For reservations, call 877-444-6777 or make a reservation online.
Campsite reservations open 6 months in advance.
From Cove Palisades State Park, head east on SW Jordan Rd to Grandview. Turn left on SW Graham Rd. This will become Montgomery Rd/County Rd 64; pass Perry South Campground and follow signs for Monty.
For more information, use our contact form or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.