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The Cove Palisades State Park

Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Deluxe Cabin
  • Hiking Trails
  • Dump Station
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Viewpoint (ADA)
  • Fishing (ADA)
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Day-Use Fee
  • Marina
  • Open Year Round
  • Playground
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)


Day Use 

All day-use areas are open with reduced services. 

  • Group picnic areas open.
  • Vault toilets open. Flush toilets open weekends only.
  • Reduced garbage service. Please pack out trash.
  • Facilities may close without notice.
  • Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Do not travel far to visit. 

Camping and Facilities

Campground, cabins and group picnic sites are open and accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance (beginning July 1). Book at Note the following reduced services in bold:

Crooked River Campground (E Loop)

  • 91 electrical sites with water
  • Flush toilets and hot showers REDUCED SCHEDULE FOR SHOWERS

Deschutes River Campground (A, B, C Loops)

  • A and C Loop: 87 full hookup sites
  • B Loop: 93 tent sites with water nearby
  • Flush toilets and hot showers REDUCED SCHEDULE FOR SHOWERS

Extra vehicles: Each campsite fee includes parking for one vehicle and a tow vehicle. Campers may have a total of two vehicles per site; extra vehicle is $7 per night. Additional vehicles may not be allowed in the park overnight.

Other Facilities

  • 3 group tent sites (25 people max in each site) CLOSED FOR 2020
  • 3 deluxe cabins (one pet-friendly) EARLY CHECKOUT 11 AM
  • 21 reservable boat moorages at
  • RV dump station (E Loop)
  • Marine pump-out station (closed in winter)
  • Fenced, off-leash pet exercise area in Deschutes Campground

The information below may pertain to pre-COVID-19 operations. 

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 and water sports.

Boating and Rentals

Launch your boat from three day-use areas: Lower Deschutes, Upper Deschutes and Crooked River. The latter two also have accessible kayak launches. All three have swim beaches (no lifeguards). 

From April to October, The Cove Palisades Resort and 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.

See our Boaters’ Guide for more information.


From fall to spring, the Crooked and Deschutes rivers provide 30 miles of flat-water paddling. Paddlers of all experience levels can explore the 6-mile Crooked River Water Trail on the Crooked River arm of the reservoir. Experienced paddlers will enjoy the solitude on the two-mile stretch south of the bridge.


Tam-a-láu Trail: Climb 600’ for spectacular views of the snow-capped Cascade Range and the Deschutes and Crooked river canyons. Begin in the Deschutes Campground (6 miles round-trip) or the Upper Deschutes day-use area boat trailer parking lot (7 miles round-trip).

Crooked River Rim Trail: Along this 2-mile trail that begins near the Crooked River Campground, 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.

Wetland Nature Trail Loop: This flat ¼-mile trail in the Crooked River Campground loops through an ongoing wetland restoration project at the site of a 2015 wildfire.

See our Recreation Guide for a map of the park including hiking trails and paddling routes.