ALERT: Pelton Dam Road will be closed for construction from the Willow Creek Bridge south to the first cattle crossing on Elk Drive (about 1/2 mile from the top of the canyon) from April 29 to July 1, 2019. During construction, Pelton Park can be accessed from Hwy 26, just south of Warm Springs. Round Butte Overlook Park can be accessed from SW Belmont Lane in Madras.
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 24 through Sept. 15, 2019. The park is free and open to the public.
Reservations for 2019 will be accepted by phone starting March 4, 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.