Metolius River Area in Deschutes NF

  • USFS District: Sisters 
  • Area: Metolius River 

The Metolius River Area is what you may think of when camping comes to mind. It may not have a mountain to climb or a lake to boat on, but the gurgling of the river, the usual sunshine, and the smell of the pines all help draw campers in. Your visit should start with a short side trip to the Head of the Metolius located just off Hwy 20 on the road into Camp Sherman. The river starts here as it gushes out of the hillside full force and the flow seems to stay constant year around. The short trip to get here is well worthwhile because years after you leave this spring will be what you will tell your friends about. The biggest advantage to this area is that it is often a picturesque spot to escape the spring rains of the west side of the Cascades. Campers and fishermen are welcome but should be mindful the Metolius is fly fishing only.

Before you go into Camp Sherman be sure to stock up with provisions or lunch at the nearby town of Sisters. There are many fun stores and plenty of provisions for the camper at a decent price. If you need local information, a shower, laundry services, firewood or an RV dump then feel free to stop at Hoodoo’s Camp Sherman RV & Motel, located next to the Camp Sherman school as you enter town.

There are twelve campgrounds in this area that are scattered right along the river, including the Sheep Springs Horse Camp specifically for campers with horses. Some campgrounds are first-come first-served only, while others allow reservations in certain sites.

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  • Allen Springs in the Metolius River Area
  • Single Site: $16* / $12** per night
  • Open: Year Round (Weather Pending)
  • Allingham in the Metolius River Area
  • Single Site: $16 per night
  • Open: 3/17 Closed: 09/11
  • Camp Sherman in the Metolius River Area
  • Single Site: $18* / $14** per night
  • Open: Year Round (Weather Pending)
  • Candle Creek in the Metolius River Area
  • Single Site: $12 per night
  • Open: 5/13 Closed: 09/11
  • Gorge in the Metolius River Area
  • Single Site: $16 per night
  • Open: 3/17 Closed: 09/11
  • Lower Bridge in the Metolius River Area
  • Single Site: $16* / $12** per night
  • Open: Year Round (Weather Pending)
  • Lower Canyon Creek in the Metolius River Area
  • Single Site: $12 per night
  • Open: 5/05 Closed: 09/11
  • Pine Rest in the Metolius River Area
  • Single Site: $16* / $12** per night
  • Open: Year Round (Weather Pending)
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