Metolius River at Riverside Campground - map
Nearest town is Camp Sherman, OR
The Metolius River runs from its spring-fed headwaters in the Willamette National Forest to the Deschutes River.
Famous for its clear, cold water and fly fishing, the river basin also provides memorable geology, scenery, botanical, cultural, and historic value. The river flows through towering stands of old growth ponderosa pine adjacent to the Warm Spring Indian Reservation. It is cherished by the thousands who visit as well as the Native Americans who share in the traditions and administration of the Metolius River.
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About this State Scenic Waterway
The Metolius River is a designated State Scenic Waterway between its headwaters at Metolius Springs to its confluence with Candle Creek (12 miles).
Oregon's diversity of river systems contributes richly to our quality of life. Oregonians decided to protect special waterways in 1970 when they voted two-to-one to establish the Oregon Scenic Waterways Program. The program seeks to balance protection and use through cooperation between federal, state, and local agencies as well as individual property owners and those who recreate along a waterway. The program goals include:
- Protect the free-flowing character of designated rivers;
- Protect and enhance scenic and natural values, recreation, and fish and wildlife
- Protect private property rights;
- Encourage other agencies to act consistently with the goals of scenic waterways
This river stretch was nominated by Laurel Hillmann, State Scenic Waterways Program, 503-986-0700