Metolius River Source to Lake Billy Chinook

Sisters, Oregon

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This very unusual river originates in the Cascades beneath Black Butte. Within several hundred feet, the river wells up from the ground and becomes 30 feet wide. Within 0.5 mile, the river swells to an average flow of 1500 cfs, from which it deviates little throughout the year. Because the water comes from underground, it is always frigid. The river level fluctuates so little that the banks are overgrown with heavy vegetation. At the first bridge in the community of Camp Sherman, visitors pause to look for the huge trout waiting to be fed. Throwing a few salmon eggs into the water attracts the fish. The character of the Metolius can be divided into two sections. Character: forested; fishing.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

This very unusual river originates in the Cascades beneath Black Butte. Within several hundred feet, the river wells up from the ground and becomes 30 feet wide. Within 0.5 mile, the river swells to an average flow of 1500 cfs, from which it deviates little throughout the year. Because the water comes from underground, it is always frigid.

The river level fluctuates so little that the banks are overgrown with heavy vegetation. At the first bridge in the community of Camp Sherman, visitors pause to look for the huge trout waiting to be fed. Throwing a few salmon eggs into the water attracts the fish. The character of the Metolius can be divided into two sections. Character: forested; fishing.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sisters
Distance: 30
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 1300–2000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Metolius River: Source to Lake Billy Chinook

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May 2018