Camp Sherman Travel Guide

Camp Sherman Travel Guide
Oregon's tiny community of Camp Sherman nestles in an outdoor lover's paradise along the crystal-pure Metolius River and the eastern foot of the Cascade Mountains. For nearly nine decades visitors to this area have gathered at the heart of Camp Sherman: the Camp Sherman Store and Fly Shop.

It's the ideal jumping-off spot for an unforgettable bird watching camping trout fishing or mountain biking experience in the Metolius Recreation Area. Old-growth forests, mountain lakes and meadows, and icy mountain springs make the perfect setting for either an afternoon hike or indefinite stay in your RV.

Birding Around Camp Sherman

Camp Sherman is located on the self-guided Oregon Birding Trail. Pass your days driving it, stopping to wander among the ponderosa pines of the Metolius River Basin. Listen for the tapping of white-headed, downy and hairy woodpeckers or the chatter of the comical pygmy nuthatches that often hang from the branches upside-down.

If you'd prefer to concentrate on the birds, leave the driving to someone else by arranging a Woodpecker Wonderland Tour through Paradise Birding. Its half- and full-day tours cover the Metolius Basin. Your tour will include hikes over varied terrain to the best birding sites.

Paradise Birding
Woodpecker Wonderland Festival
P.O. Box 2005
Sisters, OR 97759


Along the riverbank just a half-mile north of Camp Sherman, says Frommer's, is the 15-campsite Camp Sherman Campground. It's a favorite of anglers up to the challenges of trout fishing on the Metolius, and just one of nearly a dozen campgrounds stretching along the river like a days' catch on a line. Reservations are first come, first served.

Camp Sherman Campground
P.O. Box 249
Sisters, Oregon 97759

Suttle Lake

Located in the Deschutes National Forest about seven miles west-southwest of Camp Sherman, Suttle Lake offers fishing and swimming, with boating and waterskiing at its west end and canoeing and kayaking at its east. A three-mile hiking and biking trail (dogs are OK) loops the lake, providing great views of Mount Washington and Black Butte. Ospreys and bald eagles diving for fish flash through the air.

The four campgrounds along the lake's south side have tent and RV camping, with boat ramps and fish-cleaning stations. For a one-day visit, buy a Northwest Forest Pass either online from the U.S. Forest Service website or at the Sisters Ranger District.

Deschutes National Forest
1001 SW Emkay Drive
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 383-5300

The Black Butte Trail

Rising above the National Forest about 10 miles south of Camp Sherman, the Black Butte volcanic cone now serves as a Forest Service fire lookout site. A two-mile hiking trail scales the butte through stands of ponderosa pine, mixed evergreens and alpine vegetation.

Persevering over the trail's second mile will reward you with unparalleled views of the Metolius River Basin and Cascade Range. Get a Recreation Site Pass from the Sisters Ranger Station or the U.S. Forest Service website to access the trail.

Deschutes National Forest
1001 SW Emkay Drive
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 383-5300

Article Written By Judy Wolfe

Judy Wolfe has owned her own writing business since 2006. She is a professional florist, holds a certificate in advanced floral design and had her Valentine's Day floral design published in "Super Floral Retailing." She spent her college summers tending her family's Santa Barbara avocado orchards. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from California State Polytechnic Univeristy in Pomona.

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