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Metolius River, Camp Sherman

#13 of 34 in Nature in Central Oregon
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The Metolius River (pronounced muh TOLL ee us) is a tributary of the Deschutes River (through Lake Billy Chinook) in Central Oregon, United States, near the city of Sisters. The river flows north from springs near Black Butte, then turns sharply east, descending through a series of gorges before ending in the western end of the lake. The unincorporated community of Camp Sherman lies astride the southern end of the river. The name of the river comes from the Warm Springs or Sahaptin word mitula, meaning white salmon and referring to a light colored Chinook salmon and not a whitefish.

The river's drainage basin is 315 square miles (820 km2) in area and, according to at least one estimate, contains 110 miles (180 km) of perennial streams, 324 miles (521 km) of intermittent streams, 42 lakes, and 121 ponds.
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  • We hiked up the river on one side, crossed the bridge and returned to Camp Sherman on the other side.  more »
  • The scenery is always lovely here and this time of year it's very quiet and peaceful. Lots of things to see.  more »
  • The Metolius River is a go to hiking spot that is easy for the whole family. Crystal clear water lots of wildflowers and the fish hatchery is a must see.
  • Five stars in Autumn. Did the loop trail from Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery to Lower Bridge than back on the other side of the river. Went there at early October, a lot of Falls color and the water are so clear. The hike is around 6 miles round trip easy hike. It is rare that you could hike on the edge of the river most of the way. The river is also a hot spot for fly fishing.
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