Park Programs



Cove Kayaking Tours

May/September, Thursdays & Saturdays  8:30 am – 11:30 am

(weather permitting)


Join Park Interpretive Staff on beautiful Lake Billy Chinook for a beginner guided kayak tour along the Deschutes River.  Learn about local geology, history,  flora and fauna, and so much more!

  • Please allow 3 hours, Tours will leave on time.                                                             (Approximately 2 1/2 hr. tour,  plus time to gear up/get back in)
  • Meet at the Upper Deschutes Day-Use Area Boat Launch
  • Open to ages 8 and up; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Bring water, sun block, hat and camera. (You may get wet.)

$15 per person (includes all the gear and guide) – Limited Seating, call for reservations 1-800-452-5687 or go to

jr beaver at the cove

Junior Ranger Programs

Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend 2017

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.  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 at either location regardless if they are camping at the other site 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 you can visit J.R. Beaver online at or call the park at 541-546-3412

Summer Programs 

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


Memorial Day Weekend Activities:

Memorial Day Weekend Porcupine Parade, Saturday, May 27 at 5:15 pm, meet at site E-73.  Come decorate your bike, scooter, wagon, dog, or favorite relative and celebrate spring at The Cove.  At 6 pm we will walk and/or ride through Crooked River Camp and show off our spring spirit!

At 9 pm, meet at the Crooked River Campground Amphitheater for How to Love a Porcupine Campfire Program to lean fun facts about this super sharp mammal and make porcupine S’Mores.

Saturday, May 27 at 9 pm, hop down to Camp Coyote for the Fast & Furry Campfire Program – what makes a bunny rabbit look like a rabbit?  Find out what the difference is between a rabbit and a hare.  We will find out who is the farthest jumper and fastest hopper in camp!  Enjoy carrot cake for dessert. 

Memorial Day Weekend Bunny Rabbit Parade, Sunday, May 28 at 9 am, meet at the playground (across from site B-77).  Come decorate your bike, scooter, wagon, dog, or favorite relative and celebrate spring at The Cove.  At 10 am we will tour through Deschutes Camp Loops B and A and show off our spring spirit!


June 3 is Oregon State Park’s Day! Free Camping

June 3 & 4 is the ODFW Free Fishing Weekend – no state or tribal fishing licenses required.  Drop in a line and see how you do!

Sunday, June 4, 9 am – Beauty From the Beast – Geology Hike – Meet Dr. Bob Lillie on a two hour hike along the Crooked River Rim Trail.  Learn about Central Oregon’s vast geologic past and what happened to form The Cove Palisades State Park.  Free.

Celebrate Father’s Day with Oregon State Park’s favorite beaver, J.R. Beaver,        June 18th at 9 pm – Bring your dads for this fun program all about our state animal.  There will be special contests just for dads and their kids.


Saturday, July 22, 9 pm, in the Deschutes Campground at Camp Coyote – Join guest speaker Carrie Gordon to learn all about the Crooked River Super Caldera. 

If you can’t get enough, Carrie will lead a hike Sunday, July 23 at 9 am on our new Crooked River Rim trail, meet at the Crooked River Campground Check-in booth.  Carrie will point out all the Central Oregon volcanoes, buttes and geologic wonders that can be seen from The Cove!


Saturday, August 12, 8:30 pm, in the Deschutes Campground –  Join Crook County Search and Rescue for Hug A Tree & Survive.  This fun presentation has important information for anyone that spends time in the outdoors.  Learn how to stay found!

Crawdad FestivalCrawdad Parade & Festival – Saturday August 19, 10am – 5 pm, located in downtown Culver (not at the State Park).  The day starts with a parade and is followed with entertainment, food, games, music and more!  Don’t miss the all new splash park this summer.  For more information:

2017 Great American Solar Eclipse – see Solar Eclipse tab for local information

Saturday, August 26 – 8 pm – Play Environmental Bingo in the Crooked River amphitheater.  Guest speaker Josh Salinas from Portland General Electric will be here with fun for everyone and great prizes!


Labor Day Weekend Programs:

BEAVERS VS. DUCKS SHOWDOWN – Saturday, September 2, 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 3 – 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

Last programs of the season will be the weekend of September 23/24.  See you next year!


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