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Metolius Wild & Scenic River, Oregon
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Description: The Wild and Scenic Metolius River flows 28.6 miles from the Metolius Spring in the Deschutes National Forest, forms the forest boundary, and empties into Lake Billy Chinook. The Metolius is one of the largest spring-fed rivers in the country. The upper 11.5 miles, within the Deschutes, is a popular destination for whitewater boating, catch and release flyfishing, and camping. Only hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, and whitefish may be taken from the river. The lower 17 miles, on the boundary of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, is a primitive area with no motorized access.

Facilities along the upper river include a number of developed campgrounds, trailheads, and picnic areas as well as a fish viewing platform. A wheelchair-accessible nature trail is at Metolius Springs, interpreting the headwaters of the Metolius. Boaters put in at Riverside Campground and float down to the lake, enjoying thrilling Class III-IV rapids. A number of restrictions apply to fishing the Metolius; check the Oregon State regulations or contact the PLIC before fishing.

Location: From Sisters, go about 9.5 miles northwest on US 20/OR 126, then north 4 - 32 miles on Forest Road 14.   Latitude: 44.559011   Longitude: -121.619983

Address: Supervisors Office
Deschutes National Forest
1001 SW Emkay Dr
Bend, OR  97702
Phone: (541) 383-5300

Season: year round

Fee: for some campgrounds

Reservations: no
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 Biking  Fishing  Picnicking
 Boating (Motorized)  Hiking/Backpacking  Scenic Driving
 Boating (Non-motorized)  Horseback Riding  
 Boating (WW)  Hunting  Water Sports
 Camping    Wildlife Viewing
 Caving  Off Highway Vehicles  Winter Sports

Services and Facilities
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  Exhibits  Campgnd, Primitive  Electric Hookup
 Interpretive Programs  Drinking Water  Dump Station
 Cultural-Historic Sites  Restrooms  Boat Ramp
 Campgnd, Developed  Showers  Marina
 Rental Cabins

Notes: Fishing in some areas requires a tribal fishing permit, available at Warm Springs Market (in the town of Warm Springs), the Rainbow Market (just across the river from Deschutes Crossing), or at Oscar`s Sporting Goods in Madras.
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