Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

Lake Activities

Lake Activities

Enjoy beautiful wildlife, high desert vistas, fresh air, peace, and quiet. where horses roam freely. We also have the following activities and areas around the lake:
  • Pontoon Boat Rentals
  • SUP Paddle Boarding Rentals
  • Peddle Boats Rentals
  • Kayaking Boat Rentals
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Pelton Dam
  • Round Butte Dam
  • Pelton Park Restaurant
  • Indian Park
  • Living history
  • Native American festivities
  • Speed Boat Zone
  • Willow Creek
  • Cliff jumping
  • Fishing
Coming Soon
  • Fly Board
  • Group Paddle Boarding
  • Speed Boat Rentals
  • Club House with Infinity Pool
  • Fishing


    Lake Simtustus is a fisherman`s dream! With such a wide variety of fish species offers you a variety of ways to catch them! Trolling seems like the most popular hobby, but fly fishing, lure casting, and bobber beer fishing all have success. The Deschutes River is world renowned for its fly fishing for Redband trout and Steelhead. Rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass are all waiting for the challenge! Redband trout and Steelhead can be caught on the Lower Deschutes River just below Pelton Dam.

    There are a number of guide services for the Lower Deschutes.



    There are miles of trail currently, and we are actively expanding upon these trials seasonally. These interpretive trials skirt the outside of the property and trials we are currently working on will lead to our Stage/Platforms for hanging, sunbathing, bird watching, and stargazing.


    Lake Simtustus Resort is on the Northern Boundary of an expansive "dark skies area", one of the largest in the USA and is one of the premier locations in the USA to truly see the true beauty of our night skies. We have accented Lake Simtustus Resort with red night lights to help keep things magnificently dark. A few quotes:

    "Central Oregon is one of the most amazing places to dive, deep into your night skies!"

    "The crystal clear nights and lack of light pollution create the perfect scene to look for other beings."

    Bird Watching

    Bird Watching

    "From the smallest wings to giant shadows from the wingspans above, the bird watching here is unbelievable!" Small nesting birds, waterfowl, and raptors. We have it all. Year round!


    Here`s our pick of places to eat in and around the resort!

    Black Bear Diner
    237 SW 4th St, Madras, OR 97741

    La Posada Mexican Grill
    84 SW 4th St, Madras, OR 97741

    Pepe`s Mexican Restaurant
    742 SW 4th St, Madras, OR 97741

    Ding Ho Family Restaurant
    36 SW I St, Madras, OR 97441

    Desert Inn Sports Bar and Grill
    385 Jefferson Ave, Metolius OR 97741



    Local Shopping if you need anything during your visit to Lake Simtustus: 1st Check the Lake Simtutstus Store at entrance to the Resort. 


    Palisades Shopping Center - BiMart and Grocery Outlet 

    1555 US-97, Madras Oregon 97741


    Safeway: Groceries, Deli, Bakery, Pharmacy 

    80 NE Cedar St, Madras, OR 97741


    Local Attractions

    Local Attractions

    Looking to explore the Pacific Northwest? Stay with us and make day trips Mt. Hood, Sun River and Bend, Oregon. Each of these are only 1 to 1/5 hours away! If you plan on staying close to home, here are some fun family attractions.