Round Butte Overlook Park

Round Butte Overlook ParkA small, enclosed visitor building is perched on the canyon's edge. Large windows create an unobstructed view, so even in stormy or windy weather the scenery is rewarding. PGE employs a park host to maintain the site and answer questions from approximately late-May to mid-September.

Don't miss a special event here that occurs in late-February. "Eagle Watch" is an annual observance to celebrate Lake Billy Chinook's bald eagles and other raptors. To entice raptors like bald eagle, golden eagle, and red-tailed hawk into view, carcasses of road-killed deer are strategically positioned on the opposite (northwest) plateau. The location is visible with the aid of binoculars or spotting scope, and raptors continue to use the feeding site for weeks. Naturalists provide raptor life history presentations for visitors. Mule deer are also regularly sighted in the canyon.

Caution: The park is open Thursday - Monday, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, and the gate is locked outside those times. Morning sunlight is best for seeing the cliff face.

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Restroom
  • Drinking Water
  • ADA-accessible
  • Picnic
  • Interpretive Signs or Literature

Directions

From Madras:  Jct. of Belmont Lane & Hwy. 97, travel west on Belmont Lane for 6.8 miles to Mountain View Drive, turn south onto Mountain View Drive for 1.7 miles to access road and sign to Round Butte Overlook Park.  Turn west onto signed access road for 0.8 mile to Round Butte Overlook Park.

Total Distance: 9 miles.  Estimated Time: 15 minutes

What To Look For

Featured Wildlife Groups:

  • Amphibians/Reptiles
  • Birds of Prey
  • Hoofed Mammals
  • Squirrels/Rodents

Habitats:

  • Woodland - Western Juniper
  • Wetland - Lake
  • Rock - Outcrop
  • Rock - Cliff
  • Rock - Talus

Other Attractions: Free-roaming horses are often visible on the plateau northwest of the park. Round Butte Dam is situated directly below the park.

Site Description

  • Phone for Info: 503-464-8515
  • Dimensions: 5 acres
  • Elevation: 2,320'
  • GPS Latitude: 044°36'02.9" N
  • GPS Longitude: 121°16'24.8" W




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