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“Views that take your breath away” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Billy Chinook

Lake Billy Chinook
Madras, OR
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Madras
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Clackamas County, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Views that take your breath away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Very scenic. We stopped at a lot of different spots and took lots of pictures. So peaceful but have to be careful cause there are some sharp corners and people who like to tail gate if you don't drive fast enough. Let them pass. I wonder what the hurry is.

Visited October 2013
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Portland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fun Weekend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We made a quick trip with some friends to the Lake in late July. Sort of a last-minute thing and it was worth it.

I haven't been to Billy Chinook/Cove Palisades since college days (Mid-80's). It was clean, and I have a much greater appreciation of the natural beauty of the area now.

We saw bald eagles, fish jumping, beautiful homes, smoke from the wildfires nearby, beautiful cliffs...

Another amazingly beautiful place just a couple of hours from home. And only $5 a day for boat/trailer parking.

Visited July 2013
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Eugene
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Amazing place to see and boat on...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

If you are in the area you have to stop and see this lake. It is the result of PGE damming three rivers and it is amazing. Fishing is great, boating is great, camping good but limited due to this lake being in a deep canyon, but don't miss driving down to it and seeing it for yourselves

Visited August 2013
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Fairfield
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89 attraction reviews
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
“Cove Palisades State Park--amazing scenery.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Stopped here for a picnic as we explored the area. Absolutely amazing scenery. Surprisingly crowded on a Tuesday. Drove a bit farther past the park headquarters and found a much less crowded picnic area, with tables under the trees on a shady lawn next to the Deschutes River arm of the lake. Ski boats on the lake a bit noisy, but it looked like the swimming and boating were great. Should mention that the parking areas are a bit of a walk from the shoreline, if you are hauling equipment, which most people seemed to be doing. Worth a visit just to see those spectacular lava cliffs.

Visited July 2013
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Woodland, Washington
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Nice place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

If you camp stay at the crooked river camp ground. The spot are more private then the other camp grounds on the lake. They don't have full hookups but there is water and power at all the sites. This is a really good water spot not a a good spot for hiking.

Visited July 2013
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