Pelton Park

Central Oregon’s great escape

Swim, fish and camp in style

Pelton Park is a vacationer’s paradise where you can boat, camp, fish, view wildlife and relax. It’s near Madras on the shore of Lake Simtustus, the reservoir behind Pelton Dam.

Pelton Park offers:

  • 67 campsites, including yomes and cabins
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Concessions
  • A swim area (for campers only)
  • A boat launch and moorage

A yome is a cross between a yurt and a dome, with canvas walls. Each yome is equipped with a futon and bunk bed and sleeps four; the cabins have bunk beds, table and air conditioning unit. For both, just bring your sleeping bags.

The park store offers groceries, ice, a cafe, fishing tackle, boat rental and fuel. The lake has a small water skiing area, but most of the lake has a speed limit of 10 miles per hour and so is ideal for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. There is a two-mile hiking trail along the ridgeline above the park, offering views of Lake Simtustus and the Cascades.

For people with disabilities, the park has accessible restrooms and campsites.

Pelton Wildlife Overlook

At the Pelton Wildlife Overlook, just north of Pelton Park, you can view ducks, geese, great blue herons, shorebirds, eagles and other raptors. Short trails lead to viewing platforms overlooking the Pelton Reregulating Reservoir. Day use only.

Pelton Park details

Pelton Park is open for day use, including fishing, year round. Campsites are available from April 20 through Sept. 30, 2018. Campers can make online reservations for the 2018 season beginning Jan. 2 at 8 a.m., or by phone/email starting March 5, 8 a.m.

Make a reservation for Pelton Park

For more information, use our contact form or call Pelton Park at 541-325-5292.

Pelton Park Store and Marina: 541-475-0516

Address and directions

3300 Pelton Dam Road
Madras, OR 97741

On Highway 26, about two miles south of Warm Springs, look for the access road. Follow the sign for Lake Simtustus. Download a map of Lake Simtustus.

Directions: Look for NW Pelton Dam Rd about two miles south of Warm Springs on Highway 26. Follow this road for 3 ½ miles to the park. (If you use a mapping app, please note that the street address may not take you to the park.)

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