Riverside Campground is more remote and less developed than the other Metolius River campgrounds. This tent-only walk in campground is located near the upper section of the Metolius River.
The campground is located between the Camp Sherman Store and the Head of the Metolius. It is upstream from the other campgrounds and the town of Camp Sherman. There is a hand pump for water.
Reservation Info: Not reservable No. of Sites: 16 single site(s) No. of Accessible sites: None
Very nice. Easily accessed from main road. River is beautiful.
Riverside is a "primitive" campground directly on the banks of the Metolious River in the Camp Sherman area-- but I'd categorize it as primitive with convenience. The campground is just a few miles off of HWY 22, and about 10 miles away from Sisters (if you want to brunch while camping). The Camp Sherman General Store which is one of the greatest camp stores on the planet is a 20 minute walk from the campground on a riverside path (if you need an icecream sandwich, or a latte, or gluten free brownie mix). The sites are walk-in, but the car parking is about 50 yards from the sites -- so you can still easily access you car.
Each site is equipped with a picnic table, and fire ring. There are 2 pit toilets for the 16 campsites, and a 3rd at the Metolious Head a short walk away (the most primitive part about the experience). They were a bit smelly on our visit. There is access to a water pump for drinking water.
The sites are huge, and you can pay for additional tents and cars if you bring more than the max (I believe it was 6 campers and 1 car). We easily had 4 tents and 6 hammocks in the site with plenty of room.
Each site has a path to the river (which is freezing) and even though you can't see the river from your site, you can hear it all night long. You may also hear the coyotes.
From Riverside you're close to all the Camp Sherman hikes (it's also a hot spot for biking) as well as to Black Butte and Suttle Lake (warm enough for swimming). The campsite is dog friendly.