Parker Dam is a recreation haven during the summer months. There are lovely shady campgrounds, a modern group of cabins, youth and scout organized camping, picnicking, freshwater lake swimming, fishing in several fast moving creeks and at least fourteen hiking trails. The lake is open for electric-powered and non-powered boaters. The winter season attracts ice skaters, fishermen, sledders and cross-country skiers. The northern portion of the park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs.
An environmental interpretive program is available during the summer months and on selected weekends the rest of the year. This program includes guided walks, evening campfire programs, special programs, and exhibits. A small visitor center is operated from the beach area. An environmental interpreter is available to explain and interpret the natural phenomenon and structures of historic significance to the visiting public. Historic interpretation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) located at a CCC visitor center in the log cabin located near the breast of the dam. School groups and other special requests can be accommodated by contacting the park office anytime throughout the year.