Cove Palisades resort and marina

Getting here

From Bend:

 Cove Palisades Resort is about 47 miles from Bend. Take Bend Parkway / US-97 N for about 31 miles toward The Dalles. Take a slight left onto the Culver Highway and follow this for about 2.3 miles. Then, turn left on SW Iris Lane and drive that for about 1 mile. Turn right onto SW Feather Dr. and follow that for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto SW Fisch Lane for a half mile. Make a slight right onto SW Frazier Drive for another half mile, then turn left onto Jordan Road. You'll follow this road down into the bottom of the canyon and take the immediate right on SW Marina Drive, go through the gates and follow the paved road to the parking lot.

From the Dalles:

 Cove Palisades Resort is about 108 miles from The Dalles. From The Dalles, take The Dalles-California Highway US-97 south for about 67 miles. Then, continue onto US-97 and drive it for 18 miles. Turn right onto Ford Lane and take a slight left at SW Culver Highway. Drive Culver Highway for .3 miles. Then, turn right on Gem Lane and ride that for about 1.5 miles. It'll turn slightly left and become Frazier Drive. Follow Frazier for about a half a mile, then turn right onto Jordan Road. You'll follow this to the bottom of the canyon and take the immediate right through the gates. Follow the paved road to the parking lot. 

Street address for GPS:

 5700 SW Marina Drive
Culver, Or 97734 



History of Lake Billy Chinook

Approximately 11 million years ago alternating layers of basaltic lava, volcanic debris and stream sediments flowed East from the Cascade Mountains into the Lake Billy Chinook Area. These layers were later covered by lava produced by volcanoes from this same Cascade Mountain Range. This can easily be seen along the steep cliffs and vertical walls that guard this beautiful body of water.

Although called Lake Billy Chinook, it is actually a man made reservoir created in 1964 by the creation of the Round Butte Dam by Portland General Electric. The reservoir is the result of the Round Butte Dam backing up the Crooked River, The Deschutes River and the Metolius River. The forces of these rivers carved the deep canyons that you see today. The hydroelectric facilities at the dam are now co-managed by PGE and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

The name Billy Chinook comes from a local Native American of the Wasco Tribe. Billy Chinook was a guide for John C. Fremonts expedition in 1843 and 1844.

The land surrounding Lake Billy Chinook is primarily public lands. There are approximately 4,000 surface acres of water and 72 miles of shoreline. The reservoirs deepest point is near the dam and around 400 feet deep. The water level at the reservoir is full or very nearly full mid June through mid September. This offers exceptional water sports activities, scenery, recreation and fishing opportunities.