Brochure and Map
Brochure and Map of Cove Palisades State Park (SP) in Oregon. Published by Oregon State Parks and Recreation.
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Hiking Trials Tam-a-láu Trail Length: 6 miles round trip from the trailhead in the Deschutes Campground; 7 miles round trip from the trailhead in the Upper Deschutes Day-use Area boat trailer parking lot. Difficulty: Moderate, with 600 feet elevation gain. Trek to the top of a high plateau for spectacular views of the snow-capped Cascade Range and the Deschutes and Crooked river canyons. You’ll pass stunning geological formations and areas rich in wildlife and unspoiled native vegetation. The Tam-a-láu Trail derives its name from a Native American phrase meaning “place of big rocks on the ground.” This also was the name of an ancient trail that passed through the area as part of a trade route to the Columbia River. In 1878, the original homesteader named a refreshing swimming hole on the Crooked River “The Cove.” The name stuck when the state leased the first land for a park in 1940. “Palisades” refers to the tall column-like formations seen in the basalt rimrocks. Crooked River Rim Trail Length: 2 miles, out-and-back. Difficulty: Moderate, 210 feet elevation gain Enjoy spectacular views of the Cascades and the Crooked River arm of the reservoir, with glimpses of the Deschutes arm in the distance. Designed and constructed by our partner, PGE, this trail provides the perfect vantage point to view “The Island,” a 200-acre landform that splits the two arms and serves as vital habitat for raptors. You'll also look down on a sculpted erosional remnant known as “The Ship.” Boating Wetland Nature Trail Loop Length: ¼ mile. Difficulty: Easy Observe dear, rabbits and hawks as you stroll through an ongoing wetland restoration project at the site of a 2015 wildfire. Before the fire, invasive plants choked and flooded the Crooked River wetlands. Now the area is a monarch butterfly habitat and an outdoor classroom for Culver Middle School students, who adopted the site and planted milkweed, coyote willow and red twig dogwood. The Cove Palisades also offers guided kayak excursions in spring and fall. For details and registration, go to “Events” at store.oregonstateparks.org. Crooked River Water Trail Paddlers of all experience levels can explore the six-mile Crooked River Water Trail on the Crooked River arm of the reservoir. Beneath the surface of the water lie many historical features that became submerged when Round Butte Dam was installed in 1964, including a homestead, peach orchard, and the original state park campground, built in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Experienced paddlers will enjoy the solitude on the two-mile stretch south of the bridge, where few motorized boats venture. ADA kayak launches are at the Crooked River and Upper Deschutes day-use areas. Each summer, Lake Billy Chinook’s expansive waters, sunny skies and dramatic scenery attract all manner of boaters. Me tol iou s Round Butte Dam R iver Madras Lake Billy Chinook 26 361 97 ute s R i ve r To Prineville Culver C ro ok ed sch The Cove Palisades State Park Metolius The Cove Palisades State Park Riv De 97 26 e r Smith Rock State Park Recreation Guide Parking for the day requires a parking permit year round. Automatic ticket machines are in each of the three day-use parking lots. Annual and two-year parking passes are available at the park office, camping registration booths (summer only) and from the online store at oregonstateparks.org. A valid Oregon State Parks camping receipt serves as a day-use parking permit for the days listed. ►►265 campsites, including 174 RV sites in two campgrounds; ►►Six campsites that are accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act; ►►Three deluxe log cabins with bathrooms and lake views; ►►Group tent area with three group sites. Reserve campsites, group areas and cabins at oregonstateparks.org up to nine months in advance. L Trail etiquette ►►Stay on the trail. Taking shortcuts causes erosion and harms plants and wildlife. ►►Take only pictures; leave only footprints. Do not pick or dig plants. Do not disturb or remove any rock structures. ►►Stay hydrated and carry plenty of water when hiking. ►►Rattlesnakes inhabit the area; be alert. ►►Pack out all trash. There are no garbage cans on trails. ►►Keep dogs on leashes (6' max) at all times. ►►Camping is not permitted on park trails. ocated 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 and watersports. Hiking trails allow sounds and scenery of Oregon’s high desert, while paddling routes To Sisters Redmond Lake Billy Chinook’s varied catch includes Kokanee (sockeye salmon), small and large mouth bass, and many trout species. The lake is especially well known for its bull trout fishery. Crawfish fishing is also popular. A tribal angling permit is required on the Metolius arm; an Oregon fishing license is required everywhere. The Crooked River and Deschutes arms are open year round; the Metolius arm has a limited season. The Crooked River Day-use Area offers an accessible fishing platform according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). visitors to experience the beautiful Terrebonne 126 Day-use parking permits A popular year-round destination for camping, The Cove Palisades offers the following overnight accommodations: From fall to spring, the Crooked and Deschutes rivers provide 30 miles of flat water paddling. In the absence of summer’s crowds, the lake’s surface is as smooth as glass. Eagles and raptors soar above; wildlife venture out in the open. To Warm Springs Fishing Staying overnight From April to October, The Cove Palisades Resort & Marina rents boat moorages, boats and water toys, including water skis, tubes, life jackets and ropes. Houseboat rentals offer a luxurious overnight stay right on the water. The marina also includes a café and store that sells fuel and ice. For information, visit covepalisadesresort.com or call 877-546-7171. Paddling Wetland Trail Crooked River Day-use Area To Prineville showcase the views from a whole new perspective. To Bend The Cove Palisades State Park Violent volcanic eruptions, oozing lava and raging river torrents battered this region for millions of years, carving dramatic cliffs of volcanic basalt that tower some 500 feet above the water. What is now a lake was once a rocky, plunging canyon, dry and desolate but for the narrow, life-giving Crooked River. Native Americans battled the harsh terrain in order to fish, hunt and trade here. Pioneers attempted to homestead and farm in this inhospitable region—not many succeeded. 7300 SW Jordan Rd. Culver, OR 97734 541-546-3412 Reservations: 800-452-5687 oregonstateparks.org Tam-a-láu Trailhead Printed on recycled paper. All information or fees subject to change without notice. This brochure is available in alternative formats upon request. Call 1-800-551-6949. Oregon Relay for the hearing impaired: dial 711. 63400-8072 (10/17) Millions of years in the making With progress came the need for the Round Butte Dam, built by Portland General Electric in 1964. The hydroelectric facility, co-managed by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, generates approximately 800,000 megawatts of electricity per year for the Portland metropolitan area. 0.1 The Cove Palisades State Park Marina parking Cove Palisades Resort & Marina SW Store, cafe, fuel, rentals, pumpout station D ina Mar r Registration Deluxe cabins (closed to the public) The Island The 200-acre landform that separates the Deschutes and Crooked river arms of the reservoir is the largest remaining ungrazed and unaltered ecosystems of its type in the U.S. This National Natural Landmark is an important habitat for eagles and other raptors. Damage from recreation led to the Island’s closure in 1997 to all use except research and education in order to protect this fragile habitat. Flush toilets Apr-Oct Vault toilet year-round 0.8 Paddling sch 0.3 0.1 0.08 Loop A 0.1 0.1 Loop C d SW Peck Rd Trail Wetland Nature Trail Crooked River campground 0.1 Deschutes campground rai l Tr a il u -a-lá Tam -aláu T Tam SW Mt. Vie wD r d nR orda 0.4 Group camp 0.7 Distance in miles Tam-a-láu Trail Hiking Trail Service road Road Park boundary 0.1 De 0.3 Crooked River Petroglyph SW Jordan R 0.1 C ute Office Fishing Fish cleaning station J SW ADA kayak launch o ke d R i v e r Wa t e r Tr a i l Cro Ri ver r o o ke d s R iver 0.2 Loop B 0.1 1.1 0.9 0 2.3 Rd Amphitheater im Flush toilets May-Oct Trailhead Viewpoint Swimming ed Riv e r R C rook Lower Deschutes Day-use Area Picnic area Picnic shelter Parking ADA kayak launch Floating Restroom Upper Deschutes Day-use Flush toilets May-Oct Area Vault toilet year-round ord an Shower Boat ramp 0.06 SW J Day-use fee station Restroom Rd dan Jor SW The Island Crooked River Day-use Area Store Accessible facility 0.25 0.5 miles