The Cove Palisades State Park

General Advisory
Temporary Closure Advisory: Crooked River Campground at The Cove Palisades State Park will close December 29, 2015 – February 26, 2015 due to rising cost of utilities & declining occupancy as a cost-saving measure. The dump station, Crooked River & Upper Deschutes day-use boat launches, and vault toilets at The Cove Palisades State Park will remain open. The campground is scheduled to reopen February 27, 2015 and reservations for space on that date will be available through the normal reservation process, nine months in advance. If demand warrants, campers will be able to reserve dates prior to February 27, 2014 by calling Reservations Northwest at 1-800-452-5687.

Symbols represent major park features & activities. Blue icons mean some/all are ADA accessible.

The Cove Palisades State Park is a year-round recreational destination for the entire family. Located in our high desert region, the weather is sunny and warm in the summer months and chilly but generally mild in the winter. The park is situated among towering cliffs that surround beautiful Lake Billy Chinook.

The park features myriad water recreational opportunities, a full-service campground, store, restaurant, marina and rental services. Not interested in camping? Deluxe lakeshore log cabins are available. Nature lovers will find nearly 10 miles of hiking trails that give access to areas rich in wildlife and splendid scenery.

The park is home to the popular Eagle Watch event.

Learn about the unusual and unique attributes of this premier recreational and natural resource area ... at water level!  Lake Billy Chinook is home to The Cove Palisades Resort and Marina, Central Oregon’s mecca houseboating, water skiing, fishing, and other rentals.  For further information: or call toll-free 1 (877) 546-7171.

Campground info

Crooked River Campground (open all year)

  • More than 85 electrical sites with water
  • RV dump station
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • Firewood for sale
  • Outdoor amphitheater
  • Fenced, off-leash pet exercise area

Deschutes Campground (open mid-May to mid-September)

  • Approximately 85 full-hookup sites
  • More than 90 tent sites with water nearby
  • Three group tent camping areas
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • Firewood for sale
  • Camp store
  • 21 reservable boat moorages
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Outdoor amphitheater
  • Fenced, off-leash pet exercise area

Universal Access
Six campsites are accessible to campers with disabilities