Metolius River, Camp Sherman

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The Metolius River is a tributary of the Deschutes River 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 river's drainage basin is 315sqmi in area and, according to at least one estimate, contains 110mi of perennial streams, 324mi of intermittent streams, 42 lakes, and 121 ponds.
The headwaters of the river are at Metolius Springs, where the river emerges from two clusters of springs at the base of Black Butte. Water flows to these springs from the drainage basin around Black Butte Ranch, several miles to the south. The elevation of the drainage basin is 300ft above that of the springs, forming a natural standpipe that tends to stabilize the river's rate of flow.
As a consequence, the water level in the Metolius River is relatively constant. The rate of flow at the headwaters is approximately 190m3/min or 50,000 gallons per minute), although it grows by an additional 2300m3/min or 600,000 gallons per minute) by the time the river reaches Lake Billy Chinook. Similarly, the water temperature is also stable; at the river source, the water temperature is a consistent 48°F.
The Metolius River flows 28.6mi from Metolius Springs through the Deschutes National Forest, emptying into Lake Billy Chinook and ultimately the
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  • An easy level "hike" alongside the river is 1 mile up to a bridge, then 1 mile back, on either side of the river. More like a delightful walk on a well-used pathway through the trees, past little summ...  more »
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