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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Of the 11 campgrounds that flank the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Metolius River, it can simply be said that the further you venture down river and away from Camp Sherman, the more quiet and relaxing the campgrounds become.

Like all the campgrounds along the river, this campground is well maintained by Hoodoo Recreation Services.  Unlike some of the others up river, however, these campsites can't be reserved, so be sure to plan accordingly.

While visiting, don't miss an opportunity to hike along the Metolius River Trail, either from Camp Sherman to Allingham Bridge, Allingham Bridge to Pine Rest Campground, or along the western banks near the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.  And, of course, while you are on the trail be sure to have a flyrod ready for an opportunity to catch some of the river's famed rainbow trout and kokanee.*

* Kokanee are sockeye salmon that have become landlocked by downstream dams.

Note:  The campground is open from May 8 to September 16 (weather permitting).

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

One of few campsites on the Metolius with potable water. Civilian Conservation Corps shelter/picnic area.

Cons

Most sites are elevated above the river with fewer views.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Hoodoo Recreation Services

Features

Historically significant
Vault toilet
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

2, 9, 11, 12, 14

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

Comments

06/09/2017
Pioneer Ford is a very sweet campground. As you head North away from Camp sherman the campgrounds get quieter, slower and more remote. We had #3 reserved and when we got there #2 was open and way better campsite (water front and big) and the Hoodoo hosts let us switch our reservation to that site.

Check the weather at Camp Sherman as the weather linked here is for a place in the valley - way different. We went in early June and it got cold at night - low 30s.

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