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Oregon whitewater, Metolius River

Jefferson county, Riverside Forest Campground to Lake Billy Chinook section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     28.5 miles
  The Riverside Forest Campground to Lake Billy Chinook section of Metolius River in Oregon is 28.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. The wonderful Oregon scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Metolius River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will
    make you glad you came. When you're paddling down a Central Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to
stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Oregon you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking  
in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The put-in location is a short drive from Bend, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The campgrounds here at Metolius River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Six Creek Spring, and there is a perfect hiking trail nearby called the Reservation Trail. Life's too short to enjoy all the enjoyable stuff in the Central Cascade Range. You're sure to bump into some fine folks from Camp Sherman here. Near Metolius River you come across the Sugar Pine Ridge Trail which is a tremendous hiking trail.

Metolius River, Riverside Forest Campground to Lake Billy Chinook road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Metolius River.
 Whitewater Near Metolius River:
Metolius River, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 28.5 miles long (Riverside Forest Campground to Lake Billy Chinook)
Squaw Creek, Deschutes County, 19 miles away
      Class IV+ - 6.5 miles long (FS 1514 Bridge to Gaging Station)
Deschutes River, Jefferson County, 20 miles away
      Class IV+ - 15 miles long (Lower Bridge to Billy Chinook Reservoir)
Marion Creek, Linn County, 22 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 7 miles long (Gooch Falls)
Crooked River, Deschutes / Jefferson County, 23 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 9 miles long (Crooked River Ranch to Billy Chinook Reservoir)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 11.5 miles long (Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 25 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park)
Deschutes River, Jefferson/ Wasco/ Sherman County, 25 miles away
      Class III - 53 miles long (US 26 to Sherars Falls)
Whitewater Outfitter - Destination Wilderness, Deschutes County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Share-A-Raft, Wasco County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Metolius River:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 23 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 27 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 40 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 40 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 41 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 57 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Marinas Near Metolius River:
Suttle Lake Resort and Marina, Sisters , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Metolius River:
BEST WESTERN Ponderosa Lodge, Sisters , 11 miles away
Five Pine Lodge, Sisters , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Resort THE LODGE AT EAGLE CREST, Redmond , 24 miles away
Eagle Crest Villas, Redmond , 24 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BEND, Bend , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Metolius River:
Pioneer Ford, Camp Sherman, 5 miles away
Lower Bridge, Camp Sherman, 5 miles away
Candle Creek, Camp Sherman, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Metolius River:
Reservation Trail, Jefferson , 9 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1940 feet elevation difference
Sugar Pine Ridge Trail, Jefferson , 13 miles away,  13.8 hiking miles, 2926 feet elevation difference
Jefferson Lake Trail, Jefferson , 13 miles away,  16.2 hiking miles, 2516 feet elevation difference
Cabot Lake Trail, Jefferson , 14 miles away,  6.8 hiking miles, 941 feet elevation difference
Jefferson Creek Trail, Jefferson , 14 miles away,  15.4 hiking miles, 1123 feet elevation difference
Brush Creek Trail, Jefferson , 16 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 1347 feet elevation difference
Summit Trail, Jefferson , 16 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 1790 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Metolius River:
The Cove Palisades State Park, Oregon , 19 miles away
Tumalo State Park, Oregon , 25 miles away
Peter Skene Ogden State Park, Oregon , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Metolius River:
Black Butte Ranch Golf Club, Sisters , 10 miles away
Aspen Lakes Golf Course, Sisters , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Metolius River
Trout Lake, Jefferson , 18 miles away

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