Cove Palisades resort and marina


Additional Information


What does each houseboat come equipped with?

Please see the details page for the boat your interested in.

When Does my vacation start?

Morning boarding times are 12 noon. When Does my vacation start?
Evening boarding times are 6 pm.
Sunday is a non-boarding day.
Off season times may vary.
The times above are our goal; however we are at the mercy of a number of factors, including what time our previous guests return to the dock. Please help us by adhering to your return time. We will do our best to assure that the times stated above are met. We thank you for your patience.

When do I have to pay for my houseboat vacation?

The deposit is due within one week of booking. The full rent is due 45 days before boarding.

What is the lake like?

Located just three hours away from Portland, we have plenty of water (approximately 72 miles of shore line), a lot of sun and a variety of fish. Round Butte Dam is a hydroelectric producer, and one of the largest earthen structures of its type in the U.S. This rock-filled dam holds back the Deschutes, Metolius, and Crooked rivers to form beautiful Lake Billy Chinook. The water level is nearly 400 feet above the canyon floor and allows a unique vantage point to see 10 million years of geologic history embedded in the canyon walls.

Central Oregon is famous for its many sunny days, and has been advertised as having 350 days of sun a year.

The area is a photographer's paradise. The Crooked River arm provides beautiful rock formations such as Devil's Post File and The Ship. On the Metolius arm one can see some fantastic views of Mount Jefferson.

What is there to do on the Lake?

Not only does Lake Billy Chinook have endless, beautiful shoreline to boat along, but the fishing is notably excellent. Cove Palisades State Park surrounds a large portion of the lake. This state park has plenty of hiking trails, as well as picnic areas. The Crooked River Petroglyph is a historic site within the park worth a visit. A research natural area called The Island is a raised peninsula that you'll have to watch from the water, as it's protected, but beautiful it certainly is.

What are my payment options?

A. Pay by check or money order.
B. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card.

What is our check out time?

Times vary. Please ask about check out time when you arrive.

What should I bring from home?

Beach and Bath Towels
Beach Chairs
Bedding and Pillows
Dish Towels
First Aid Kit and Medications
Fishing Gear
Games (Board games or console for the T.V.)
Insect Repellent
Movies (DVD and VHS)
Paper Towels
Water Toys
All food items including condiments (salt, pepper, etc.)
All personal soaps and shampoo.
The houseboat does not have anything personal on it.

Where do we stay at night?

You will be instructed how to tie-up your Adventurer houseboat to the shore. Luxury houseboats only tie up to buoys in the Deschutes and Metolius arms.

What type of fish are in the lake?

Lake Billy Chinook has a large variety of fish. Kokanee, the most popular pink meat fish, is delicious fried or smoked: Bull Trout, Small Mouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, and German Browns are regular catches, and occasionally someone catches an Atlantic Salmon or Catfish. There are also great crawdad or crayfish caught in the Crooked and Deschutes Rivers.

What do we do in the case of a medical emergency on the lake?

The Three Rivers Community has a volunteer EMT service available. Your cell phone will in most cases work in key areas of the lake. If you have special needs, please advise us in advance.

Where is Lake Billy Chinook?

Lake Billy Chinook is located in Central Oregon just west of Culver. The lake sits just west of Highway 97. It is approximately 145 miles SE of Portland, Oregon, 308 miles SE of Seattle, Washington and about 490 miles NW of Sacramento, California.

Is a deposit required upon booking?

One half of your rental fee is required to reserve your houseboat. The balance is due 45 days prior to your trip.

Can we bring pets along with us?

Please discuss with our reservation specialist about the pet policy.

Are there age restrictions?

You must be 21 years old to rent a houseboat.

Are there any extra precautions we need to take with children on board?

Children will have a wonderful time on board a houseboat, but certainly require attentive supervision. They must have life jackets on when outside the cabin area.

Can friends join us during our trip?

Yes they can. The dock is the best place to meet. You must make sure they have a gate code and directions. Please make arrangements to meet them at the dock at a set time.

If I have friends coming to join us, do you have a way of transporting them to my boat or must I come back to pick them up?

You must meet them at our dock, at a set time.

Can people contact us on the houseboat?

No contact is available. Your cell phone may work in certain areas.

Can I water ski behind my houseboat?

No, your houseboat is made for cruising around the lake. We do however have additional boats just for that purpose, that you can add to your vacation plan.

Do cellular phones work on the lake?

Some work quite well, others not very well or only at specific locations. You should give our office phone number to family in case of an emergency. This is the best way to insure a message will get to you.

Do the houseboat doors lock?

No, they do not lock, but we have not had any issues due to the proximity of the lake.

How many people can I put on my houseboat over your recommended number?

You are not allowed any more people on the boat than the allotted Coast Guard and insurance approved capacity.

How far ahead must I book?

Earlier is better. If you're planning a trip during a holiday weekend like Memorial Day, it's best to get a reservation six months or more in advance. Mid-week trips or off-season dates are often available as little as a few weeks beforehand. July and August are busy. You should book early.

How fast do houseboats travel?

Up to 6 knots or 7 miles per hour.

How difficult is driving a houseboat?

Driving a houseboat is different than driving a car, but is not that difficult. When you pick up your houseboat, the marina staff will give you an orientation and walk you through driving and maneuvering the houseboat. Most people get the hang of it within a few minutes.

Do I need a special license to drive one of your rental boats?

Free temporary boaters license available for our rental customers.

How do I check availability or reserve a houseboat?

Give us a call at 541-546-9999 ext. 1, and our reservation specialist will be happy to check availability for you. It's helpful if you already have an idea of when you want to go and what boat you're most interested in when you call, although we're happy to help you pick the right boat for your needs.

You can also contact us online with your availability request, and our reservation specialist will get in touch with you with the information you need.

How long will it take us to drive to Lake Billy Chinook?

From Portland 2 hours and 45 minutes, from Eugene 3 hours, and from Salem 2.5 hours. Plan extra time for night driving. We are off the beaten path, but it is truly a paradise. From Culver (97734) it is a 10 minute drive to our marina.

Is the lake rough or will I get seasick?

The lake is calm most of the time. It is not likely that you will get seasick as your houseboat is quite wide and stable.

Will I have any privacy on the lake?

Absolutely, there are plenty of areas on the lake that you can hang out and be away from others.

What is your cancellation policy?

Houseboats: Please be sure of your vacation dates prior to reserving your houseboat and sending in your first payment. We have a short season so our cancellation policy is as follows. Cancel anytime less than 120 days prior to your reservation and forfeit all fees paid. Cancel anytime before 120 days prior to your reservation and you must provide us with written notice and will forfeit a $750.00 service fee.

Marina Rentals: The full rent will be collected at time of reservation for all Marina rentals other than houseboats. Cancellation within the two weeks prior to the rental will result in a forfeiture of all rent collected. If cancellation occurs prior to the two weeks before the reserved date, 1/2 of the rent collected will be returned. There are no credits for weather conditions or natural disasters which are out of our control.

Moorage cancellation policy: Once a seasonal or daily moorage reservation is made there will be no refunds. Given reasonable lead time, we may at our discretion offer a rain check on daily moorages.