Turning off the road to Camp Sherman, you can smell the scent of pines in the warm summer air and it brings you back to your childhood days at camp. Camp Sherman sits on the scenic Metolius River in Deschutes National Forest, near Sisters, Oregon. There is no phone service or internet here. You’ll have to walk to Camp Sherman Store for that. The Metolius River provides a source of both relaxation and recreation for those who want to truly get away. Surrounded by nature, there is so much you can do, but I love just sitting with my chair in the river, reading a good book.
Hiking & Fishing
Hiking and fishing top the list of recreational activities at Camp Sherman. Like a scene out of “A River Runs Through It,” you can imagine the steady flow of the river and the slight hiss as the angle man craftily casts his fly in the air. It is known as an internationally renowned fly fishing destination and is famous for its abundance in rainbow trout. The Metolius is also popular for whitefish, bull trout, and Kokanee salmon.
The Metolius-Windigo Trail begins near the headwaters, west of the town of Sisters. The trail is over 100 miles long and is open to hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Popular hikes nearby include the summit of Black Butte, riverside trails that follow the river between Canyon Creek campground and Lower Bridge, and pathways into the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area that begin at Jack Lake. The hike to Suttle Lake is stunning, and you can bring your pooch too! The trail walks around the lake and ends at Suttle Lake Lodge. Stop in to grab a bite. If it’s nice out, sit by the water and have a drink.
Dining & Provisions
Ray’s Grocery Store: On your way to the campground you can stop in Sisters to stock up on supplies at Ray’s Grocery Store (where Laird Superfood launched ) and apple fritters from Sister’s Bakery which are as big as your kids head. Sister’s Bakery also sells take and bake dinner rolls. If they only included instructions as to how you can bake them over a camp fire!
Camp Sherman Store: An idyllic little grocery store set in the middle of the woods, Camp Sherman Store has a campy feel to it. Unlike your typical small grocery store you can find good beer, premium wines and cheeses. They have a deli for sandwiches, donuts and of course lots of treats for the kiddos. This is also the place to get your fly fishing supplies and basic camp items you forgot at home. There is free wi-fi but it is hit and miss as is the phone service.
Hola’s: After a long day of lounging by the river, we walk along the trail towards town to Hola’s for dinner and drinks. I love the carne asada with chimichurri sauce!
Suttle Lake Lodge: 9 miles from Camp Sherman is the newly renovated Suttle Lake Lodge. Well worth the visit, the loge has a Wes Anderson summer-camp vibe and the restaurant is in a former boathouse on Suttle Lake.
Other swimming holes nearby:
Scout Lake (no dogs, warm water)
Suttle Lake can bring dogs. Trail walks all the way around lake
Where to stay at Camp Sherman:
Metolius River Resort Cabins
Lake Creek Lodge Cabins
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