Pine Rest is a small forest service campground near Sisters, Oregon, set along the gorgeous Metolius River in the shadow of Black Butte. It’s one of a string of campgrounds along the fish-filled river, though unlike the other four campgrounds in the immediate vicinity, Pine Rest is for tent campers only and includes just eight campsites.
Three of the eight sites are located right on the river, and there’s a communal sheltered picnic area among them. There’s no potable water available at the campground, though water is available nearby at the Allingham Guard Station and at other campgrounds that are just a stone’s throw away (like Smiling River Campground).
This is normally a non-hosted campground, but an attendant will visit two to four times per day. Bring your fly rod and catch yourself some trout for dinner – the angling here is sublime!
Location: Metolius River near Camp Sherman, Deschutes National Forest
Pine River Campground website | (541) 549-7700 | No reservations, all sites are first-come, first-served.
Rates: $16 per night to camp (reduced off-season)