The clear, swift, free-flowing water of Central Oregon's Metolius River has made it a magnet to fly-fishermen who catch and release year-round.
But in summer, the river is also a wonderful place for non-anglers to enjoy the simple pleasures of easy days and mellow nights.
Based in the charming town of Camp Sherman, you can walk among the incense cedars and Douglas firs lining the river banks, sit on the porch at an old-fashioned riverfront resort cabin with a cool drink and a good book, and, at night, listen to the music of the river through open windows as they drift off.
TRAVELING TO THE METOLIUS RIVER
Camp Sherman is about 15 miles north of Sisters, off U.S. 20. The Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce (541/549-0251) can help with trip planning. Pick up Imus Geographics' Metolius River area map ($8) at the Camp Sherman Store.
WHAT TO DO
Black Butte and Metolius River Trails. Both are closed to bikes, but other trails in the area are open to them. Sisters Ranger District (541/549-7700).
Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. Free. 7500 Forest Service Rd. 14; 541/595-6611.
WHERE TO EAT
Camp Sherman Store. Enjoy your burger or deli sandwich on a bench in front of the store. $. 541/595-6711.
Kokanee Café. Elegant entrées like grilled wild salmon with Oregon wasabi and elk osso bucco with morel mushrooms. $$$. At entrance to Metolius River Resort (541/595-6420).