Guided Kayak Tours
Join park interpretive staff on beautiful Lake Billy Chinook for a guided kayak tour along the scenic Deschutes River. Spring and fall are beautiful, less busy times of year and more relaxing at The Cove. See awe inspiring geology, local flora and fauna, learn about The Cove’s historic past and so much more! Our kayak tours are open to all visitors; ages 6-11 must ride with an adult, 12-17 may ride in a single/children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets may not join the tours.
April/October, Saturdays 8:30 -10:30 (2 hrs, up to 3 hrs depending on weather, interest and skill level.)
September/May, Thursday and Saturdays 8:30 – 11:30 am
(Tours leave no later than 15 minutes after the start time. There is no guarantee a refund for late arrival and will be decided on a case by case basis.)
$25/single or $40 for two in a tandem – includes: boat, paddle, PFD rental and guided tour. No additional reservation or rental fees. Seating is limited.
Please do not wait until the last minute to register, or activities may be full or cancelled. Preregister at: store.oregonstateparks.org, click on “Events. Walk-ins may will be accommodated if space is available on the morning of the tour. Note: If you need to cancel and want a refund – participant must cancel before 12:00 pm the day before the tour.
Tours are designed for beginner level paddlers. Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) or life jackets, must be worn by all participants, at all times on the water. Kayakers should be prepared for unexpected Central Oregon weather changes, we suggest that you dress in layers. Spring tends to be cooler; whereas fall can be quite warm. Guides do not purposely get you wet or intend for you to leave the boat while on the tour; however accidents can happen and you may get wet. The water temperature at Lake Billy Chinook can be very cold. It is strongly advised to bring a change of clothing just in case you are submerged in water. At a minimum, bring sunscreen, a hat and 1-2 quarts of water.
12′ Ocean Kayaks are “sit on top” style boats. These boats are more stable and less likely to tip over. There is a small dry area for your personal belongings.
Tours will depart from the Upper Deschutes Day-Use Boat Launch Area.
Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the program start time. Programs typically conclude before or at the scheduled ending time; however we do occasionally arrive back a little later than anticipated, so please plan accordingly.
Tour Cancellations Based on Inclement Weather or Unforeseen Emergency:
Park staff will make every effort to contact you if your tour is cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather or emergency closures. Activities that do not meet minimum registration levels may be cancelled. If you pre-registered, a refund will automatically be issued to you and we will send you an email confirmation. If you are not sure if a tour has been canceled, please call the park at 541-546-3412.
Your safety is our number one priority. Kayakers may be sent back to shore if they can not or will not follow all of the safety rules. OPRD Kayak Tour Leaders are trained, at a minimum, in Basic First Aid and CPR and have gone through the Oregon Marine Board Kayak Safety Training. Kayak Tour Leaders carry a park radio, first aid kit and cell phones. OPRD Park Rangers and/or Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department have rescue boats if the need arises.
Outdoor activities involve known and unanticipated risks and dangers that potentially could lead to personal injury, disability, or death; from adverse weather, cold water, animal bites, inability to communicate with emergency services, long time-delays in reaching advanced emergency care or other situations. Such risks cannot be completely eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of this activity. Participants who have known allergies or medical conditions should carry their own medication for such conditions. If you have any health concerns or other issues that may affect your wellness or ability in the field, please let the Kayak Tour Leader know at the start of the program. If you have questions or concerns about the potential risks of participating in this outdoor activity, please call Ranger Erin Bennett at 541-546-3412 x 229 prior to your tour.