Smiling River Campground

Area Status: Closed
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Smiling River Campsite

The campsites in this site are more heavily used during the midweek than other areas along Metolius River.  However, with ample campsites along the river, it is rare for all the sites to be taken even on the busiest weekend. This campground offers opportunities to fly fish, provides access to trails, and is just one mile north of the Camp Sherman Store.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Operating season: year-round
Reservations: Reservations can be made online through Recreation.gov or by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (International 606-515-6777 or TDD 877-833-6777). 
Fees Per night, per site fee: $18/first vehicle; $8/each additional vehicle. 
Open Season: Year-round - Year-round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Maximum site spur length is 50 feet.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Deschutes Recreation
Information Center: Located within the Sisters-Metolius area of the Deschutes National Forest; operated by Deschutes Recreation.

General Information

Directions:

From Sisters, OR: Travel 9.6 miles northwest on Highway 20, then 6.1 miles north on Forest Road 14, then 1 mile north on Forest Road 1419.


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Campground Camping

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. 

No. of Sites 36 single site(s)
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at recreation.gov
No. of Accessible sites None

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.47517

  Longitude : 
-121.63618

  Elevation : 
2900

 

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