Today we took a drive towards Madras in search of Lake Billy Chinook. The map we had was not very good, and as we discovered there don't appear to be any road signs pointing to the lake either. We first took a turn towards the Pelton Dam area and found this little reservoir.
I think it's the area behind the Pelton Dam but I'm not sure.
It could be Lake Simtustus, but again, I'm not sure. We were a little lost.
We continued on the road that somewhat follows the river/reservoirs/lakes/canyon and eventually ended up at the Round Butte Overlook Park just above the Round Butte Dam. It was pretty amazing!
I think we found Lake Billy Chinook.
So apparently there are three "fingers" that merge at the dam. The only signs we saw were for The Cove Palisades State Park. Nowhere did we see anything that said "Lake Billy Chinook", except on our sorry map.
Anyway, it was very pretty. You can see the lake is an emerald green. There are a lot of campgrounds and even though there were a lot of people it didn't seem crowded. Also there were boaters enjoying the lake and there is even a place to rent houseboats.