Today we decided to drive about 40 miles from Bend to a small town called Culver, Oregon. We went to visit the Cove Palisades State Park. It is a large park located at the convergence of three rivers, the Crooked, Deschutes, and Metolius. Each river has formed its own 600 foot deep canyon with sheer rock walls. There are 2 large campgrounds in the park. The Crooked River Campground is on the eastern rim of the Crooked River canyon. The Deschutes Campground is in a lower area between the Crooked and Deschutes rivers. It's a 5 mile drive between the two that takes you down into the Crooked River Canyon, across a couple of suspension bridges and back up out of the canyon. It is a truly breathtaking scene.
Lake Billy Chinook, named after a Wasco Indian guide of explorer John C. Fremont is a paradise for boaters and anglers casting for kokanee, small and largemouth bass and trout. It was created with the completion of Round Butte Dam, built to control the flow of the area's three main rivers. They also have a marina with boat rentals. The marina was closed for the winter as well as one of the campgrounds. I imagine this place is hopping when the weather is warmer, it was awesome!!!
We have been amazed at all the natural beauty around the city of Bend. After we left this park we stopped on the way back home at a little park called Peter Ogden. It has two bridges crossing a huge gorge called the Crooked River Gorge. One is for cars and the other is an old railroad bridge built in 1911. The gorge was over 300 feet down and was another awesome site. I have added a ton of pictures to tell you the rest of the story. I hope you enjoy them much. More later from Bend.