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SMILING RIVER CAMPGROUND, OR

part ofDeschutes National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SMILING RIVER CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Sun May 03 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Nestled in Deschutes National Forest, Smiling River Campground offers visitors some of the most stunning scenery in central Oregon and easy access to an abundance of recreational activities.

Natural Features:

Many sites at this campground look out to Metolius River, a tributary of the Deschutes River.

The headwaters of the river are at Metolius Springs at the base of Black Butte, a 3,076-foot cinder cone. The clear, cold river flows north from the springs through diverse coniferous forest and a landscape of volcanic activity.

The area provides habitat for mammals such as mule deer, coyote and cougar. Migratory birds and native fish also call the area home.

Recreation:

Hiking and fishing top the list of recreational activities for visitors.

For anglers, the spring-fed Metolius river offers a stunning setting for fly-fishing. Its clear, cold water supports rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout and kokanee salmon.

For day hikers and backpackers, the area offers a wide variety of scenic terrain, ranging from riverside trails to routes in subalpine forests.

Facilities:

Smiling River Campground offers sites that accommodate both tent and RV camping, however hookups are not available.

Picnic areas, trails and scenic overlooks, along with the conveniences of firewood, drinking water and flush toilets, give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while still having many of the conveniences of home.

Nearby Attractions:

The Metolius-Windigo Trail, open to hikers, bikers and horses, is more than 100 miles in length, and begins near the Metolius River headwaters west of the town of Sisters, Oregon. The trail was created in the 1980s primarily to serve long-distance horse riders seeking an alternative to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Lava Lands Visitor Center in Bend, Oregon, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trash Collection
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hook Ups
  • General Store
  • Ice Machine
  • Laundry Facilities
Within 10 Miles
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • Water system in campground is gravity fed
  • Showers available in nearby town of Camp Sherman
  • An additional fee of $9 for each additional vehicle will be collected at the campground
  • Parking spurs may not be perfectly level
  • Discharge of firearms is prohibited
  • Use of chainsaws in the campground is prohibited
  • Click here for more information about Deschutes National Forest


  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.49333, -121.64056
44°29'36"N, 121°38'26"W

From Sisters, Oregon, travel 9.6 miles northwest on Highway 20, then turn right on SW Camp Sherman Rd / Road 14 for about 5 miles, then follow right onto SW Camp Sherman Rd / R F D 1419 for about half a mile. Make a left onto NF-1419 / 113, then a slight right onto SW Metolius River Rd / NF-900 and follow into the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SMILING RIVER CAMPGROUND
P.O. Box 8516
Coburg  OR  97408

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
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