Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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With 34 campsites, Smiling River Campground is by far the largest established campground on Central Oregon's legendary Metolius River. Here, you can set up camp and enjoy the sounds of this mellow fly fishing stream and be cooled by the dry summer breeze under a grove of giant ponderosa pines.

From the campground you can cast your fly directly from the river's banks or hop on the Metolius River Trail to scope out the area, and you can even make the short jaunt to Camp Sherman, where the general store is sure to sell any provisions you might be missing.

Should the campground be full, be sure to check some of the other incredible campgrounds along the upper stretch of the Metolius River. From north to south, campgrounds include:

Note: Smiling River Campground is typically open May 22 through October 6, but call (541) 338-7869 for specific dates, as they may vary from year to year.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Not Required


Direct access to the Metolius River. Spacious campsites.


Difficult to find reservations.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Hoodoo Recreation Services

Reservation phone number

1 (877) 444-6777


Vault toilet
Potable water



Camping fees are now $18.00.
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