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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.HeadwatersThe 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.
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  • Well this place was fun, after parking your car at the head of the Mitolius, there is a short walk to the actual head of the river that comes from the center of the Earth. You can see all these chipmu...  more »
  • The river is just gorgeous! The people are friendly as can be! So relaxing and enjoyable. I had three girl friends with me and they fell in love with Camp Sherman and the Metolius River too!  more »
  • This water is too cold for swimming but is fabulous for viewing and fly fishing. It is mostly shallow which gives fly fisherman easy access. It changes along it's course with lots of ins and outs. The...  more »

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