Hiking, exploring, photography, bird watching and sight seeing:

With over 10 miles of Hiking trails and thousands of acres of public lands nearby Lake Billy Chinook the opportunities for hiking, exploring, photography, bird watching and sight seeing are immeasurable.

The Tam-a-lau Trail is the hiking experience of a lifetime. The hike gains about 600 feet in elevation from the trail head to the plateau. A round trip journey on the trail will be around 6 miles if you start at the campground and 7 miles if you start at the trailhead. Along the hike you will experience unique geological formations, native vegetation in its natural state, wildlife and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountain Range and the magnificent scenery of the Deschutes River and Crooked River Canyons. This is a must see and be sure and carry lots of water and a good camera.

There is an Eagle watching event at Lake Billy Chinook every spring and the Bald Eagles are visible at many points on the lake. By using a boat to access the far reaches of the Metolius River arm you likely will have the opportunity to get within a few hundred yards of a Bald Eagle perched in a tree or many times will get to see an Eagle sweep down and pluck a fish right out of the water. The fishing prowess of these magnificent birds have a way of humbling the local fisherman.

While visiting the lake you will want to see the Crooked River petroglyph boulder located at the Cove Palisades State Park. The rock weighs over 15 tons and is covered with petroglyphs that have social and religious importance to the Native Americans.

There are balancing rocks located around the lake that will amaze you. If you can visualize a large SUV balanced on top of the roof of a compact car you can kind of get the idea. These are formed by millions of years of erosion. It is a sight that you have to see to believe.

Stop by the Cove Palisades Resort located at the bottom of the hill on the Crooked River arm of Lake Billy Chinook to get directions to these treasures that you must explore.