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 for tie up on two docks on a first come-first served basis.
NOTICE: 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.
Occupancy: Sites must be occupied each night of the reservation—unoccupied sites will be forfeited without refund and resold. Please call the campground within 24 hours of check-in with questions.
Vehicle Fees: There is an $10 additional fee per day for each additional vehicle. One vehicle is included with a single site; two with a double. Vehicles joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site are NOT subject to additional fees.
Parking: Please check your site's driveway length—this may limit the number of vehicles and size of RV at your site.
Maximum Occupancy: Standard Sites = 6 persons.
Boats: 10 MPH speed limit is enforced for boating on Lake Billy Chinook. See the Oregon State Marine Board for more boater regulations.
Boat Slips: Slips are reservable. Visit the Park Host onsite to reserve a boat slip.
Swimming: 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.
Generators: Generators are prohibited during quiet hours. Generators may not be run during quiet hours to power medical devices or other equipment.
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.
Refunds: Refund requests made through www.recreation.gov will be charged a $10 processing fee. This fee and the non-refundable reservation fee is retained by the reservation service contractor, not by PGE or the National Forest.
This campground is managed by Portland General Electric, under a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service; 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.