Metolius River: Headwaters to Lake Billy Chinook Professional Review and Guide
"The designated Wild and Scenic Metolius River originates from headwater springs. Filtering through lava rock, the clear blue water flows to where it meets the whitewater River, clouded by glacial silt, snowmelt, and mud during summer months.
Spring colors are brilliant here, and the light-colored trunks of ponderosa pine add to the dazzling scenery. Red-cedar, lodgepole, and ponderosa grow tall and straight close to the river, attesting to low rainfall in the area. Despite the low precipitation the Metolius flows at consistent levels year-round."