The Cove Palisades State Park is a year-round recreational destination for the entire family. Located in our high desert region, the weather is sunny and warm in the summer months and chilly but generally mild in the winter. The park is situated among towering cliffs that surround beautiful Lake Billy Chinook. The park features myriad water recreational opportunities, a full-service campground, store, restaurant, marina and rental services. Not interested in camping? Deluxe lakeshore log cabins are available. Nature lovers will find nearly 10 miles of hiking trails that give access to areas rich in wildlife and splendid scenery. The park is home to the popular Eagle Watch event held each February. Learn about the unusual and unique attributes of this premier recreational and natural resource area ... at water level!

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17 days ago

Really enjoyable even in the cold. The views of the lake were really something.

on Tam-a-lau Trail

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1 month ago

Great views of the lake, river canyon and mountains. We were literally the only people on the trail and only 2 boats on the lake far below. Signage for the trail wasn't very obvious from the road -- park in the Upper Deschutes Day Use Area in the single car section, then walk the short distance back up to the main road and cross it; the trail starts on the other side. All effort and elevation gain (pretty minimal at 600 ft) is in the first mile to the top. Looking down into the canyon at certain points on the rim can feel a little freaky if you have any fear of heights! (Even driving up and down the canyon in this spectacular state park may result in white knuckles. Road was dry when we were there, but chains are recommended if there are winter conditions.)

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and serene.

great views and nice loop

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3 months ago

Great views!

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3 months ago

Amazing trail. Beautiful views at the end.

on Tam-a-lau Trail

6 months ago

This is actually the Tam-a-lau trail - not sure why it’s listed as a different hike on here.

Enjoyable hike. First mile is the roughest and then the rest of it is flat. Saw 2 bald eagles hanging out, super neat. Very quite, not a lot of hikers there which is really nice.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Great hike, all the elevation gain in the first mile. Glad we saved this for the fall, summer would be brutal!

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