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Lake Billy Chinook, Madras

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Lake Billy Chinook is a reservoir in Jefferson County in the U.S. state of Oregon. Created by the Round Butte Dam in 1964, Lake Billy Chinook lies in a canyon at the confluence of the Crooked, Deschutes, and Metolius rivers near Culver and Madras. It was named for Billy Chinook, a Native American of the Wasco tribe who traveled alongside American explorers John C. Frémont and Kit Carson in their expeditions of 1843 and 1844.GeologyThe canyon in which Lake Billy Chinook lies was carved by the three rivers that flow into the lake. The Deschutes Formation into which it is carved began forming about 11 million years ago, as alternating layers of basaltic lava, stream sediment, and volcanic debris flowed into the area from the Cascade Range. One to three million years ago, lava flows from the Cascades and Newberry Volcano capped the exposed material, forming the "rimrock basalt" which is visible atop the canyon. Further erosion by the three rivers, volcanic activity, and wind have continued to form and erode the canyon.
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  • The best thing to see around Madras is this convergence of two canyons from the Crooked River and the Deschuetts River. It is a beautiful setting with multiple viewing points. While I did not get to v...  more »
  • It is super beautiful canyon. It has a lot of places with wonderful viewings​ and fishing. Definitely I would come back many many times.  more »
  • A long drive from the coast, and the roads are narrow and busy so make sure that you are patient and well stocked with beverages and snacks. Lake Billy Chinook is a large area with many things to do. ...  more »