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Metolius River, Camp Sherman

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#13 of 35 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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  • It was only rated this because short walk and viewing. But loved it. My husband’s people homesteader there 1900s. The spring was near his site. Peaceful. Chickmonks are used to peanuts. 
    It was only rated this because short walk and viewing. But loved it. My husband’s people homesteader there 1900s. The spring was near his site. Peaceful. Chickmonks are used to peanuts.  more »
  • SO clear & crisp it looked like Caribbean blue water. The fish hatchery was fun to see. We hand fed the chipmunks peanuts. So cute! 
    SO clear & crisp it looked like Caribbean blue water. The fish hatchery was fun to see. We hand fed the chipmunks peanuts. So cute!  more »
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  • Simply stunning!!!
  • Rated one of the top 3 most pristine rivers in the United States with some of the best fly fishing for trophy trout anywhere. It starts underground from west of the Cascades and emerges out of the rocks near Camp Sherman. At the end of the pathway where you can just sit and enjoy the beauty of Central Or. Take a step back in time and relax. It's good for the soul

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