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Cove Palisades State Park

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? Rustic 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 two popular special events: the Lake Billy Chinook Day in September (a clean-up and festival) and the annual Eagle Watch in February.

Learn about the unusual and unique attributes of this premier recreational and natural resource area ... at water level! Kayak tours are led weekly during the summer, and on select weekends at other times of the year.

Services and Things to Do

  • Camping
  • Accessible camping
  • Tent
  • Electric
  • Full hookup
  • Yurts, cabins, tepees OR wagons
  • Reservable group tent
  • Showers
  • Dump station
  • Reservations
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife watching
  • Bird watching
  • Terrestrial mammal watching
  • Native plant
  • Boating
  • Boat ramp
  • Boat slips
  • Marina
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking trail
  • Hiking trail
  • Special events
  • Nature programs
  • Historic programs
  • Celebrations
  • Forest
  • Waterways
  • Lake
  • Desert
  • Rock formations
  • Canyons
  • Historic resources
  • Historic sites
  • Historic signs
  • Historic displays
  • Interpretation
  • Interpretive tours
  • Evening programs
  • Interpretive signs
  • Interpretive displays
  • ADA restroom
  • Year-round
  • Restrooms

Park rates (subject to change)
May 1 to September 30
Full rate: $21
Electrical hookup: $21
Tent site: $17
Deluxe cabin: $70
Extra vehicle: $5
Boat moorage: $7
Daily day use: $3
Yearly day use: $25
Group (tent): $64
October 1 to April 30 (Discovery Season)
Full rate: $17
Electrical hookup: $17
Tent site: $13
Deluxe cabin: $48
Extra vehicle: $5
Boat moorage: $7
Daily day use: $3
Yearly day use: $25
Group (tent): $43, $2.40 per person after 25

Off US 97, 15 miles SW of Madras

Get driving directions to this park

Vital stats
One deluxe cabin, one group tent, 82 full hookups and 92 tents. $3 daily day-use fee or buy a 12-month permit for $25, or a 24-month permit for $40. These 1- and 2-year permits are good at all state park day-use areas.

87 full hookup, 91 electrical, 94 tent (max. site 60 feet); 3 cabins; group tent (3 areas); 24 boat slips (20 are reservable). For information only, call (541) 546-3412 or (800) 551-6949. To make campground, cabin or boat slip reservations, call 1-800-452-5687. To contact the marina about renting a boat, call (541) 546-3521. This park has a designated off-leash area for your pet. A leash no longer than 6 feet is required elsewhere in the park.

Information provided by Oregon State Parks


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