Park Programs

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2018 Cove Kayaking Tours

(See Kayak tab for more information)

April – 28 — 9:30 – 11:30 am
May – 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 — 9:00 am – 11:30 am
June – 1, 3, 8, 10, 30 — 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Sept. – 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 — 9:00 am – 11:30 am
October – 6 and 13 — 9:30 – 11:30 am

(weather permitting)



jr beaver at the coveJunior Ranger Programs

Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend 2018

J.R. Beaver, Oregon State Park’s mascot, needs your help protecting our plants, animals and the earth’s resources.  The Junior Ranger Program gives kids a chance to explore a State Park and what it’s like to be a Park Ranger.  By becoming a Junior Ranger, 6 – 12 year old visitors, will become an important park steward.  They will learn all about the park; while having fun, meeting other Junior Rangers and earning rewards.  

Children are welcome regardless if they are camping or just here for day-use.  Parents are encouraged to stay, learn and play with their kids.  Special accommodations will be made for children with disabilities wherever possible.

For more information call  541-546-3412

Summer Programs 

(this is not an all inclusive list but highlights our extra special programs and events.)


Memorial Day Weekend Activities:

Memorial Day Weekend Campground Parade – Deschutes Camp May 27th 8-9 am Decorating/9 am Parade


The weekend of June 2 & 3 is the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) Free Fishing Weekend – no state or tribal fishing licenses required.  Drop in a line and see how you do or teach someone to fish!

June 3 is National Trails Day

June 2 is Oregon State Park’s Day!

Celebrate with FREE day-use parking and camping!  Camping reservations are required or 1-800-452-5678

Free pancakes, coffee and OJ for the first 100 people – regular, sugar free and gluten free!

Get the family summer ready – Everyone can learn to be safe while hiking, camping or out on the water.  Meet Smokey Bear, tour a fire engine or sheriff’s car, learn to fit a life jacket and get into  and out of a kayak safely, how to Leave No Trace, and why to Hug A Tree if you get lost.

For more information, call Ranger Erin Bennett at 541-546-3412 x 229 or email

June 16 Hug a Tree & Survive, Crooked River Campground Amphitheater 9:00 pm

A Must See For All Families – Join Crook County Search and Rescue Members Gerry and Jim as they tell you a story, teach you what to do if you get lost and sing you a song.


4th of July Week Activities:

June 29

Junior Ranger Program – Deschutes Camp 9 am

Welcome to The Cove Campfire Program 9:00 pm

June 30

Cove Kayak Tour 9:00 – 11:30 am – $25/single kayak, $40/tandem kayak – all gear is provided.  space is limited, please pre-register

Silent Hunters Campfire Program – Deschutes Camp 9:00 pm

July 1

Junior Ranger Program – Create a Galaxy Bottle – Deschutes Camp 9 am

Railroad Wars Campfire Program – Deschutes Camp 9:00 pm

July 2

Junior Ranger Program – Create a Bald Eagle Puppet – Deschutes Camp 9 am

Soaring Over The Cove Campfire Program – Deschutes Camp 9:00 pm


July 3

Junior Ranger Program – Deschutes Camp 9 am

Scales & Tails Campfire Program – Deschutes Camp 9:00 pm

July 4

Campground Parades – Decorate your favorite bike, wagon, scooter, dog, favorite retaliative and show off your 4th of July spirit!  All decorations will be provided.

9 -10 am Decorate/10 am Parade – Deschutes Camp – meet Barb and Steve at site B77 across from playground/Crooked River Camp – meet Dominique at site E1.

No evening programs – enjoy local fire works shows (see locations below)

No Fireworks of any kind at The Cove Palisades State Park

Oregon Administrative Rule 736.010.0040(8c)

Madras and Redmond 4th of July Celebrations

Have a safe and Sane Holiday!

City of Madras – Sahaylee Park 1-99 SE 7th St, Madras, OR 97741 – The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Annual 4th of July Celebration!

  • Pancake Breakfast beginning about 7am.
  • The Beamer Memorial Run 7:00 to 9:30am.
  • The ‘Big Parade’ will happen beginning at 10am.
  • There will be Music in the Pavilion ~ Food Vendors ~ Craft & Miscellaneous Vendors ~ Games! Many things to do & have fun! Bring the Family! 
  • Fireworks Display, beginning about 10pm.


City of Redmond4th of July Parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Along Sixth Street, Downtown Redmond 10:00 a.m. Parade route runs along 6th Street from Dogwood to Forest. Enjoy 90-plus entries, hundreds of commemorative flags posted in and around downtown, and more!

Deschutes Fair and Expo Center – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This is a completely FREE event for the community! Enjoy a  day of games, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, live music and more.  You won’t want to miss this fun-filled, family day.

Then come back to the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center just before sunset to enjoy Redmond’s annual fireworks display – fireworks start at dusk or around 10 pm.  For more information please call 541-548-7275 or visit

July 21 – The Cove Rocks!

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Join retired US Forestry Geologist, Carrie Gordon


7 pm – Beaver Buddies and Junior Rangers – find out what stories the rocks can tell us and what it’s like to be a geologist.

9 pm – Then everyone is invited to our evening campfire program where Carrie will introduce us to the different geologic provinces in Oregon and which state parks have the best rocks to see!



August 4 –

10 am in the Deschutes Campground at Camp Coyote Amphitheater

11 am in the Crooked River Campground at the Crooked River Amphitheater

Have you ever met a Great Horned Owl?  Now is the time, the Sunriver Nature Center will be bringing a live owl to the park.  Afterwards, Junior Rangers can dissect a real owl pellet!


Crawdad Festival

Saturday August 18, 2018 7am – 5 pm – Bicycle Poker Ride along the scenic route beginning at 7:00am; the Parade starts at 10:00 am and the Festival at 11am in the park. There will be live entertainment, vendors, games, BINGO and of course a crawdad dinner.  Don’t miss the splash park this summer.  For more information:  call 541-546-6494 or Crawdad Festival (vendor information and Chuck Wagon Cook-off Application)

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Labor Day Weekend Programs:

BEAVERS VS. DUCKS SHOWDOWN – Saturday, September 1 at 8 pm, in Camp Coyote (Deschutes Campground) That’s right, football season is right around the corner, fall is in the air, school is starting and you can no longer wear white and be fashionable…. Test your knowledge against other campers and see who knows more about North American Beavers or a variety of ducks that call The Cove home (there may even be a few football questions in there.)

Labor Day Campground Parade – Sunday, Sept 2 – decorating 8:30 – 9:30 am/parade at 9:30 am, in Deschutes Campground/meet at the playground in B-loop.  The parade will wind through loops A and B.  Bring your bike, scooter, wagon, dog or favorite relative and show off the last of your summer spirit.  Hosts Barb and Steve will have decorations for you to use.

Note: Helmets are required; no motorized bikes, scooters, or hover boards



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