Cove Palisades State Park


Year-round recreational destination by Lake Billy Chinook

Lake Billy Chinook Day Use Area

A year-round recreational destination situated among towering cliffs that surround Lake Billy Chinook.  Come visit The Cove Palisades State Park, there are three day-use areas with boat ramps, swimming areas, and picnic facilities.  Full-service marina with moorage, boat rentals, fuel, restaurant and general store. Off U.S. 97, 15 miles SW of Madras on Lake Billy Chinook.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon and encompassing the Deschutes and Crooked River Canyons, The Cove Palisades State Park is a popular year-round destination for camping, watersports, and hiking.

The Cove Palisades State Park offers two campgrounds amidst a scenic high desert canyon reservoir. Deschutes River Campground is open mid-May through mid-September. Crooked River Campground closes mid-December through mid-February. For a refreshing change of pace try our cozy deluxe log cabins, which are open year round and located lakeside at The Cove Marina.

Before reserving, please become familiar with the particulars of your chosen site, including the size of the tent pad area and the type of equipment that you may bring to the park. Site details and tent pad sizes can be viewed online by clicking on the site name.

A Day-Use Parking Permit is required year round at The Cove Palisades. You can also purchase a 12 month pass, a 24 month pass or provide a current camping receipt.


88 electrical sites with water (E loop)
85 full hook-up sites (A and C loops)
91 tent sites with water nearby (B loop)
21 reservable boat moorages
3 group tent sites
3 deluxe cabins (1 pet friendly)
3 day use areas
2-lane RV dump station (E loop)
Marine pump-out station (closed in winter)
Full service marina, general store, and cafe (closed in winter)
Six campsites are accessible to campers with disabilities.


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