Michael Hughes: My first trip to the Metolius was on a camping trip in the early spring of 2016. We spend the day biking along a gated road that follows the river from Lower Bridge Campground all the way the Lake Billy Chinook. We stopped along the way and fished a couple of holes and learned first hand how hard the fishing can be. The scenery is unreal, beautiful blue water, flowing pack great mountain views. A bit of a hidden gem not far anywhere.
OwSR No. 17: Metolius River
- One of the largest spring-fed rivers in the United States
- Clear, cold, and constant water supports blue ribbon flyfishing and whitewater boating
- Its exact source is unknown, bubbles right out of the ground near Black Butte
- Also designated as an Oregon State Scenic Waterway
Kayaking on the Metolius River | Photo: Zach Collier
Celebrated by Michael Hughes on May 7, 2017.
Zach Collier: I paddled the "scenic" section of the Metolius River from Lower Bridge Campground to Monty Campground with my friend Adam Elliot (Wild River Life). It's a continuous Class III section of whitewater with a few poorly placed pieces of wood.
It is a very scenic section of river and what stood out the most were the birds. We saw at least 15 Bald Eagles as well as many Osprey and what looked like Golden Eagles but may have been immature Bald Eagles. The water quality was also spectacular and we saw several fishermen fishing for Bull Trout.
After paddling we camped at Monty Campground where we did some hiking and saw more Osprey than we could count.