How to Enjoy the Ranch (Rules & Regulations)

The Black Butte Ranch Rules and Regulations are developed and approved by the Homeowners Association Board.  This short summary serves as a guide to help maximize your enjoyment of the Ranch.

Display Your Registration Tag
The security and peace of mind we enjoy here are assured by our police knowing that those who are on the Ranch belong here. Failure to display your registration tag on your windshield, or letting others use your gate card is against BBR rules and may result in a fine or revocation of access to the Ranch. The Ranch will be safer, quieter and more relaxed if we all slow down–the speed limit is 25MPH or less.

Where Can I Park?
Parking is permitted in areas marked as parking, or on private property. Do not park along roadways, common areas, cul-de-sacs, or any area that is not private property. Temporary short-term overflow parking is available at the Community Center. Most homes have room for two cars to park–others will need to shuttle. RVs and Motorhomes may not be used for overnight sleeping, and will need to be parked in the Maintenance lot at Section 5 on McAllister Rd. for stays longer than 48 hours.

Use the Bike Paths
Leave the roads for the vehicles–we’ll all be safer. Drivers have difficulty seeing people through the trees, so cyclists should yield at all road crossings. Helmets are required for anyone under 16, for in–line skaters, scooters and bike riders. Skateboards and long boards are prohibited on the Ranch.  Please walk around Ranch buildings.

Save the Lakes for the Wildlife
Boating, flotation devices, fishing and ice skating are prohibited on all lakes and streams on the Ranch, with the exception of Phalarope Lake, on which catch and release fly fishing and boating are allowed.  Barbless hooks and licenses are required. Swimming or wading is prohibited in any lake or stream.

Swimming Pools

Swimming pool use is limited to BBR owners and registered guests.

Our Best Friends

Dogs are welcome at the Ranch but must be on a leash at all times.  Immediate cleanup after your dogs is required.  Dog waste bag dispensers and disposal sites are conveniently located throughout the Ranch.

Catch & Release Fly Fishing
Phalarope Lake (by the Lodge) is the only lake at the Ranch open to catch and release fly fishing for owners and registered guests. The Lakeside Activity Center rents equipment and sells flies.

RVs, Boats, Motorcycles & More
Operation of motorcycles, snowmobiles, mopeds, or ATV’s is prohibited behind the gates (Personal Mobility Devices may be operated with a permit). Such vehicles must be pushed/trailered to their lot at the Ranch. RVs, motor homes, trailers, campers, and boats may be temporarily stored in authorized areas, based on availability–call 541-595-1527 to inquire. They may not be parked at residences or at BBR parking lots. Overnight sleeping in such vehicles is prohibited.

Smokey Says…
Because we live in the forest, fire danger is always a concern. Fireworks (including sparklers), are prohibited. Extinguish cigarettes properly, and dispose only in ashtrays. Propane BBQ’s are permitted year round; Briquette BBQ’s are not allowed during fire season or at BBR vacation rentals at any time. Open burning is prohibited unless authorized by the BBR Fire Dept.

Please Recycle
The Ranch provides a Recycle Center on McAllister Road. Be fire-safe and deposit fireplace or stove ashes only in the ash bin, and then add water.

The use or discharge of firearms is prohibited, including guns, bow and arrows (outside of class programs) or similar devices.

Lose Something?
The Lost and Found is located at the Welcome Center.  Items from other Ranch areas may be transferred to that location for your convenience. Call 541-595-1252.

Designate a Meeting Place
When you arrive at the Ranch, create a meeting place for your family (such as your home/condo) to use in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Communications
During emergencies, information will be available at, social media and cable channel 3. The Info Line will be updated at 541-595-1502.

The BBR Police Dept. and Deschutes Co. Emergency Services will advise of the need for an evacuation.  All facilities will close, barricades will be set up and you will be directed to the nearest exit and safe shelters.

For Your Information
The BBR Police Dept enforces all Oregon laws, including the Oregon Vehicle Code, as well as BBR Rules. 13885 Bishop’s Cap next to the Community Center

Police  – Non–Emergency: 541-693-6911 | 911

First Aid
The BBR Fire Dept. is staffed with Paramedics 24/7, and have a fully-equipped first aid room.  Medical helicopters transport from the Sports Field.

13511 Hawksbeard, near Bishop’s Cap

Fire Dept. – Non–Emergency: 541-693-6911 | 911′

Note:  This is not a complete list of the BBR Rules and Regulations. A full list may be seen here.