Hike the Tam-a-lau trail, swim, water ski or rent a houseboat at Lake Billy Chinook’s Cove Palisades State Park Marina. Lake Billy Chinook Houseboats are the perfect way to enjoy beautiful sunny Central Oregon, just three hours from Portland, with 75 miles of shoreline, lots of sun and a variety of fish including Kokanee, Bull Trout, Small Mouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, and German Browns.
Just 45 minutes North of Bend and located in the heart of sunny Central Oregon lies the houseboating, water skiing and fishing mecca known as Lake Billy Chinook. Fed by the Deschutes, Crooked and Metolius Rivers, Lake Billy Chinook is always full in the summer and offers three unique arms and over seventy two miles of shoreline. Cascade Mountain Vistas, basalt spires, soaring bald eagles and the steep canyon walls will awe you. Rent a Lake Billy Chinook Houseboat today and bring your family and friends for a memorable vacation.
Since fishing season on most water bodies starts in late April, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any other opportunities out there before then. Lake Billy Chinook, also referred to as Round Butte, is open year round. The Metolius arm of the river opens March 1. March and April is when anglers go after large bull trout. The largest bull trout taken at the reservoir was more than 23 pounds, which is a State record.