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.
Great Hiking Trails!
|There are a number of trails in the area to explore. Lake Simtustus Resort property connects to BLM and Crooked River National Grasslands. World-class rock climbing is less than an hour away at Smith Rock. Plenty of hiking there as well.
|There is a junction to the Willow Creek trail and you can follow the old, Historic Railway all the way to Pelton Dam, or all the way into Madras. Interpretive signs will be throughout talking about the Native Culture, History, Flora, Fauna. Eventually, there will be an arch bridge taking us from the North Shore to the South Shore. From there the trail will go out to a large Stage/Platform on the South Point. Option to swim across the lake to a junction and complete the entire loop.
|Eagle`s eye view of the Deschutes River Canyon
Round Butte Overlook Park is a terrific place to picnic and enjoy spectacular views of the Deschutes River Canyon.
From the park, on the rim of the canyon, you can look down on Round Butte Dam, Lake Billy Chinook and Lake Simtustus about 400 feet below. It`s a great spot to view wildlife, including bald eagles and ospreys. Every February, it`s the site for the annual Eagle Watch, which attracts hundreds of visitors.
In and around the observation building, you`ll find interpretive displays on the Round Butte Hydroelectric Project and Deschutes River fish and wildlife. Learn more about PGE`s efforts to protect fish on the Deschutes River.