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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  • I love it! You can rent kayaks boats with tubes. Skis. Or wakeboards. Jet skis. Paddle boats. House boats. Party boats. Or just swim and picnic. Make sure to stop at store on top the hill for ice crea...  more »
  • It is a beautiful place to visit. Awesome sights to see. We see bald eagles. Fishing is year round. We catch bull trout. Very good eating  more »
  • what a surprise this place was...take the camera or take the family....it is very scenic...go to the look outs too...maybe even drive right thru from one end to the other...  more »
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  • Luv, luv LUV this place. Found about this place over 10 years ago. Brought our boat & went camping & boating with our 1st grandchild. We can't get enough of this place. Camp & boat here as much as we can. It's like fishing & boating in our own Grand Canyon. FANTASTIC place. U WILL NOT b disappointed.
  • Had a very nice vacation here during the eclipse. Family had a great time in the swim area of three rivers marina. Well stocked and supplied stores only downfall is public out houses were stinky. All in all, a stellar experience.
  • Fun place to go In the summer
  • Absolutely Beautiful!! A Place To See!!! Love Our Second Home!!
  • It was fun, but the water was literally toxic
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