Cove Kayaking Tours –
May/September, Thursdays & Saturdays 8:30 am – 10:30 am
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 6 and up; children 6-12 must ride with an adult, 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Bring water, sun block, hat and camera. (You may get wet.)
$25 pp single/$40 tandem (includes all the gear and guide) – Limited Seating, call for reservations 1-800-452-5687 or go to http://www.oregonstateparks.org
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. 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 call 541-546-3412
(this is not an all inclusive list but highlights our extra special programs and events.)
Memorial Day Weekend Activities:
Memorial Day Weekend Campground Parades – TBA
June 2 is Oregon State Park’s Day! Free Camping
- June 2 & 3 is the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Weekend – no state or tribal fishing licenses required. Drop in a line and see how you do!
- June 3 is National Trails day
Celebrate State Park’s Day at The Cove Saturday, June 2 – Crooked River Day-use Area. Free. Start your morning off with Pancakes in the Park from 9-10 am, cooked by OPRD’s finest.
10 – 12 pm – A fun outdoor adventure mean staying safe. Bring the whole family! Join Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Marine Board, and Oregon State Parks to learn how to be fire and water safe this summer and why it’s important to Hug A Tree & survive! Portland General Electric will be onsite with fun salmon facts and activities too.
Celebrate Father’s Day with Oregon State Park’s favorite beaver, J.R. Beaver, June 16th 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.
4th of July Activities:
Crawdad Parade & Festival – Saturday August 18, 2018 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: http://cityofculver.net/pages/Crawdad_Festival
Labor Day Weekend Programs:
BEAVERS VS. DUCKS SHOWDOWN – Saturday, September 1, 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