Fish Tower Tour, Pelton Round Butte Fish Tower

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Megan Hill for a behind-the-scenes tour of the fish passage facilities at Round Butte Dam near Madras. The dam provides passage for salmon and steelhead to return to their homewaters in rivers throughout Central Oregon. Each year between 40,000 and 450,000 young salmon travel through the fish facilities on their way to the ocean. Megan will lead attendees on a tour of the fish passage facility to learn more about regional efforts to bring salmon and steelhead back to Central Oregon. Participants will have a chance to see bull trout, sockeye, Chinoook, and steelhead! Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an easy ~1 mile hike. Portions will be on metal grating and established walkways.

    Route: This walk will take participants through the fish tower facilities. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks, water, closed toe shoes are required. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Selective Water Withdrawal Tower is a fish passage facility project between Portland General Electric and The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs that works to guide, collect, and transport juvenile salmon and steelhead downstream and around the dams. Thanks to this facility, fish are now completeing their migration for the first time in nearly 50 years... including fish returning to Whychus Creek!