CAMP: Smiling River Campground, Central Oregon

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Location: Metolius River near Camp Sherman, Deschutes National Forest

campground website | (541) 549-7700 | Reservations

Campground type: national forest  Rates: $16 per night (reduced to $12 off-season)

Details: There are 37 sites here for tents, trailers and RVs to 30 feet; no electrical hookups, though. Smiling River is one of five campgrounds set along the beautiful, spring-fed Metolius River. Campsites here are set along the river or scattered in the sweet-smelling Ponderosa Pines. Sites seems to be slightly more spacious here than in neighboring campgrounds. Bring your fly rod – the fishing here is notoriously great.

 

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