Father’s Day Weekend at The Cove

Saturday, June 20th

Bring your dad to Camp Coyote…

Who can build a better rocket?


6:30 pm Build a Rocket

These paper rockets are easy and fun for kids and dads (moms can play too!)  We will build our rockets and then with compressed air watch them soar through the amphitheater.

9:00 pm Leave It To Beavers

Want to get your dad something he can’t get anywhere else?  J.R. Beaver will be here and he’s planning on making our very special dads Honorary Beavers.  Then, learn what it really takes to be a beaver.  See if you or your dad can gnaw your way to victory!  Refreshments will be served.


beaver eating contest

Come Out & Play

Lake Billy Chinook is full of water, sunny and ready for you!  Round up family and friends — it’s time to drag the boat and RV out of storage, clean it, stock it and come have fun.

Lake Billy Chinook May 28, 2015
Lake Billy Chinook May 28, 2015

Here are 5 Tips to ensure you have a blast!

1) June is a great month to visit and less busy than it will be in the summer.

2) Come mid-week to get the best choice of rentals, campsites and your place on the beach.

3) Call ahead to make a camping reservation.  Just call the helpful folks at Reservations Northwest at 1-800-425-5687 or go online to http://www.oregonstateparks.org

4)  If you don’t have a boat, that’s OK, The Cove Palisades Marina & Resort has all kinds of boats that you can rent.  Call 1 – 877-546-7171 or go online to http://covepalisadesresort.com to check out what they have.

5) Stay hydrated – it gets really hot out here in the summer and it’s important to drink plenty of water.  (See the Know Before You Go tab for more great tips.)

2015 State Parks Day Flyer

It’s also ODFW’s Free Fishing Weekend both Saturday and Sunday – No state fishing license or tribal permit required for all ages!

Events at The Cove Palisades State Park on June 6th:

8:00 – 9:30 am — Let’s Go Fishing, Crooked River Day-Use Boat Launch Area

Join Park Staff, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and avid volunteer fisherman Quentin Stanko for a fun morning of fishing.  All experience levels are welcome and all equipment will be provided.

10 – 2 pm — Free Learn to Ski Day, Near the Crooked River Bridge

The Sunsports Waterski Club out of Madras wants to teach you how to waterski or how to take your skills to the next level. They will provide the boats, all the gear and expert guidance – just bring your suit, sunscreen and be ready for fun.  All experience levels welcome.  Go online to sign up http://www.sundancewatersports.com

4 pm – Junior Ranger Program in the Lower Deschutes Day-use Area

Children 6 – 12 who would like to be an official Junior Ranger can come and sign up.  Kids will learn all about pine cones – what trees have them, why some don’t, what some need to open and more!

8:30 pm –  The Cove Rocks! Campfire Program in Camp Coyote Amphitheater, Deschutes Campground

Join Interpretive Host Steve to learn all about the rocks at The Cove and how they got here.