Smiling River Campground

Deschutes National Forest

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NF-900 Camp Sherman, OR 97730 541-549-7700 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 44.4751, -121.6361

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Overview of Smiling River Campground

Number of Sites 36

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 2,887 ft / 879 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Smiling River Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Overall Rating
Site Quality
25' ORV 21RD Creekside
Ford F-150 4x4 diesel
2 reviews
“Nice NF campground”

Reviewed 7/21/2019

Nightly rate: $9
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 31
Overall Rating

Although we didn’t have reservations, we did find a few open campsites that were available and the one we chose was very nice. We were there mid July so it was almost full.

Natravellers would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

Mike and Holly
Sisters, OR
2021 Reflection 303RLS
2021 F350 7.3L
34 reviews
“Right on the Metolius River”

Reviewed 8/20/2015

Nightly rate: $18
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 14
Overall Rating

Smiling River campground is one of five campgrounds just north of Camp Sherman along the Metolius River. The road through the campground is narrow. I was a little nervous driving close to the roadside trees, but we didn't hit anything. Later, I saw a couple large motorhomes driving through, so the road is wide enough for most rigs.

We stayed at site 14 which is large and directly on the river. Our site was mostly shaded by tall pine trees. We were visited by a couple turkey vultures who sat in a tree above our campsite for over an hour.

A trail runs along the river for several miles. The trail leads to the Camp Sherman store which is one mile from the campground.

There is no AT&T or Verizon cell service along the river.

Site Quality

Mike and Holly would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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Great Campground and Location

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Location, Location, Location

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Cold Springs Resort

Beautiful, peaceful place on the Metolius River. Many birds to see and listen to.

- Lynne L

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