Smiling River Campground


Campground Type
Forest Service / BLM

Metolius River

Campground Details

Open: Open from May 1 through Oct 15
Number of Sites: 36

This campground offers opportunities to fly fish, provides access to trails, and is just one mile north of the Camp Sherman Store.

Smiling River is one of the Metolius Campgrounds. These campgrounds differ from their western Cascade counterparts in many ways, but one important way is that the campsites are more heavily used during the midweek than other areas. However, with ample campsites along the river, it is rare for all the sites to be taken even on the busiest weekend. This is the third campground that you come to as you travel away from Camp Sherman along the river. There is a gravity fed water system.

Fees: Per night, per site fee: $16/first vehicle; $8/each additional vehicle. (2011)

Usage: Heavy

Water: Potable Water

Restrooms: Vault Toilet

Restrictions: Maximum site spur length is 50 feet.

Directions: From Sisters, travel 9.6 miles northwest on Hwy 20, then 6.1 miles north on Forest Road 14, then 1 mile north on Forest Road 1419.

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