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Overview of Cove Palisades State Park

Cove Palisades State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon, situated in Jefferson and Wasco counties. It comprises 4,375 acres and is centered around the deep canyons formed by the Crooked River and the Deschutes River as they flow into the upper end of Lake Billy Chinook. The park offers a variety of recreational activities such as camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Camping Information

Campsites and Accommodations:

  • The park offers two campgrounds: Crooked River Campground and Deschutes Campground, with more than 200 campsites that include tent sites, RV sites with electrical and water hookups, and deluxe cabins.
  • The campsites typically include amenities such as a picnic table, fire pit, and nearby access to restroom and shower facilities.
  • Reservations for individual campsites can typically be made from 1 day to 6 months in advance.

Campground Facilities:

  • Shower facilities and restrooms are available for campers.
  • There is a dump station for RVs.
  • Playgrounds and day-use areas can also be found within the park.
  • Moorage is available for boaters at the marina.

Activities and Attractions


  • The park is a popular spot for boating activities due to the presence of Lake Billy Chinook. There are boat ramps available for launching watercraft.
  • Boat rentals and moorage can often be found at the marina located within the park.


  • Several trails offer scenic views of the river canyons and the surrounding landscape.
  • Hiking options range from easy to moderately strenuous.

Fishing and Wildlife Viewing:

  • Lake Billy Chinook is home to various fish species, offering excellent fishing opportunities.
  • Eagles, ospreys, deer, and other wildlife can be observed throughout the park.


  • There are designated swimming areas in the park; however, caution is advised as the lake waters can be cold and currents may be strong.

Park Regulations and Safety

Fires and Cooking:

  • Fires are generally allowed in designated fire pits, but restrictions may be in place during high fire danger periods. Always check current fire restrictions before your visit.
  • Use portable stoves for cooking where fires are not practical or allowed.


  • Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.


  • Always wear life jackets when boating or participating in water activities.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions and prepare accordingly.
  • Keep to designated trails to preserve the park's natural habitat and ensure personal safety.

Operating Hours and Contact Information

  • Cove Palisades State Park is typically open year-round, but certain areas or services might have seasonal hours or availability.
  • For the most current information, fees, and to make reservations, visitors should check the Oregon State Parks website or contact the park directly.

Planning and Reservations

  • It is advisable to plan your visit ahead, especially during peak seasons or holidays when the park may experience higher visitation rates.
  • Campsite reservations can usually be made online through the Oregon State Parks reservation system or by calling their reservation line.

Before Heading Out:

  • Double-check for any park alerts or notices that could impact your visit.
  • Ensure you have all necessary permits, such as a parking pass or a boating license, if required.

By following the park regulations and being mindful of the natural environment, visitors can have a rewarding and enjoyable experience at Cove Palisades State Park.

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