Located in the high desert region of central Oregon, Perry South Campground sits on the shores of Lake Billy Chinook in the Deschutes National Forest.
It is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the area's scenic beauty and year-round recreational activities.
Picnic areas and scenic overlooks, along with the conveniences of firewood, drinking water and vault toilets, give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in a comfortable camping environment.
The campground has a boat ramp, and dock space is available by reservation or if available, on a first come-first served basis.
CAUTION: After paving, the road to Perry South Campground is now narrower than in past years. Please SLOW DOWN and STAY ALERT for oncoming traffic.
NOTICE: In response to customer feedback, we have established generator hours. Effective in 2024, generator use is allowed only from 8 am to 8 pm. It is prohibited to operate generators or idle engines between 8 pm and 8 am.
MOORAGE: Boat slips will be available by reservation for the 2024 season. Slips are $10 per night. The booking window is on a 6-month rolling basis. Please check the slip dimensions before booking.
NOTICE: Due to maintenance on the spillway, Lake Billy Chinook will be 2 ft. lower than usual until mid-April. We will begin refilling once construction is complete and anticipate reaching regular summer levels no later than June 5, 2024. Lower water levels can affect docks, launches and shoreline access. The Cove Palisades State Park has open launches. Contact email@example.com with questions.
ROUTE: The route using Highway 97 and passing through Cove Palisades State Park has the most pavement and adequately maintained gravel roads. The last couple of miles of gravel can be challenging for large RVs, trailers, and these vehicles passing each other. All alternate routes (from Highway 20) include rough, teeth-rattling, gravel Forest Service roads.
NOTICES: Boat slips are reservable for $10 per day. Reserve online or visit the Park Host onsite to reserve a boat slip.
Please be aware that there is no beach or designated swimming access at Perry South. The only developed lake access is an active boat launch.
Check-In/Out: Sites must be occupied each night. Check-in starts at 4 PM. Check-out is 12 PM. Sites unoccupied by 12 PM the day after the start of the reservation will be forfeited without refund and resold. Call the campground office (541-325-5315) if you cannot arrive the first day of your reservation.
Generators: Generators hours are 8 AM to 8 PM. Generators are PROHIBITED after 8 PM and before 8 AM including to power medical devices or other equipment.
Parking: There is a $10 fee per day for each extra vehicle. One vehicle is included with single campsite, two with a double site. Please check your site's driveway length. This may limit the number and size of vehicles at your site.
Maximum Occupancy: Standard Sites = 6 persons. Double Site = 12 persons.
Boats: 10 MPH speed limit is enforced for boating on Lake Billy Chinook. See the Oregon State Marine Board for more boater regulations.
RV Water Tanks: Please fill your water tanks before arriving. We do not have fill stations. Filling at campsite water standpipes is prohibited.
Day Use: Day use parking permits are required at this location. Campers can display their camping receipt. Daily parking permits are $5. Northwest Forest Passes and Interagency America the Beautiful Passes are honored.
Registration: If you booked for someone else, please update the reservation with their information. The person listed is responsible for the activities of everyone at the site.
Non-Refundable Fees: Service fees such as reservation fees, cancellation fees, and change fees are non-refundable. They are retained by the reservation service contractor, not by PGE or the U.S. Forest Service.
This campground is managed by Portland General Electric, under a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service as a part of the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project FERC No. 2030. Contact PGE Parks and Recreation for more information: PortlandGeneral.com/parks, 503-464-8515, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Billy Chinook is the highlight of the area. The lake, created by Round Butte Dam, fills the canyons of the Crooked, Metolius and Deschutes Rivers.
Within these three large arms is 72 miles of shoreline, supporting fish habitats for bass, trout, salmon, whitefish, suckers, minnows and dace.
Rugged hills and a diverse evergreen forest surround the lake, providing homes for mammals such as mule deer, coyote, black-tailed jackrabbit and cougars.
Visitors may want to explore the Tam-a-lau Trail, a scenic hike that starts on a peninsula at the confluence of the Crooked River and the Deschutes River in Cove Palisades State Park.
Under the designation of a Wild and Scenic River, nearby Metolius River is nestled in a forested valley west of Mt. Jefferson. Its clear, cold and constant waters support flyfishing and whitewater boating.
Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits.
Fishing and motorized boating top the list of recreational activities for visitors. Hikers should be sure to check out nearby Balancing Rocks Overlook, just west of Perry South Campground.
Water enthusiasts of all types will enjoy the opportunities available. Motorized and non-motorized boats share the vicinity with swimmers and water skiers braving the cold, clear waters of Lake Billy Chinook. The day use are is a parking fee area; daily parking passes are $5. PGE also honors the NW Forest Pass and the America the Beautiful Passes. Boat slips are reservable—visit the Park Host to reserve one.
A service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see the Recreation.Gov, Rules & Reservation Policies.
PGE Parks and Recreation Dept. 33831 E Faraday Rd Estacada OR 97023
Montgomery Rd Culver OR 97734
For campground inquiries, please call: 503-464-8515
From Sisters, travel 5.6 miles northwest on Hwy 20. Continue 20.8 miles north on Forest Road 11, then 5.0 miles east on Forest Road 1170, and then 2.6 miles northwest of Forest Road 64.