Candle Creek Campground sits at the confluence of the Metolius River and Candle Creek. It is at the end of the Metolius Valley and on the river where the rapids start. This unique location makes it a very popular spot among locals.
Hiking and fishing top the list of recreational activities for visitors.
For anglers, the spring-fed Metolius river offers a stunning setting for fly-fishing. The clear, cold water supports rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout and kokanee salmon.
For day hikers and backpackers, the area offers a wide variety of scenic terrain, ranging from riverside trails to routes in subalpine forests.
Candle Creek Campground can accommodate RV, trailer or tent-campers however water and electric hookups are not available. Due to the gravel access road this facility is not the best for RVs or passenger cars although they can be accommodated. Drivers should go slow and use caution. This is a no water facility so campers will need to bring their own supply. All sites are equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill and the campground has vault toilets available.
The headwaters of the adjacent Metolius River are at Metolius Springs at the base of Black Butte, a 3,076-foot cinder cone. The clear, cold river flows north from the springs through diverse coniferous forest and a landscape of volcanic activity. The area provides habitat for mammals such as mule deer, coyote and cougar. Migratory birds and native fish also call the area home.
The Camp Sherman Fish Viewing Platform allows visitors the chance to view a variety of types of fish while the Metolius Research Natural Area gives bird watchers ample opportunities. Visit the Metolius Fish Hatchery or Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery display ponds to observe and feed different types of salmon and other fish.
The Metolius-Windigo Trail, open to hikers, bikers and horses, is more than 100 miles in length and begins near the Metolius River headwaters west of the town of Sisters, Oregon. The trail was created in the 1980s primarily to serve long-distance horse riders seeking an alternative to the Pacific Crest Trail.
Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, and the unique geological landscape of Newberry National Volcanic Monument draw visitors to the region as well. It is a great starting point for visitors to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits. Visitors can also explore the Lava River Cave, located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. At 5,211 feet in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.
ADA Access: N
While there were some harrowing moments getting to this campground with our 16' pull-behind toy hauler(last mile or so is dirt road with a couple of knarly soft sand areas that you have to plow through quickly or risk getting stuck), upon arrival the site was amazing. HUGE sites(we could have had 6 more people with us each in their own tent), right on the rushing whitewater of the Metolius. The river is loud.:) Clear, dusty sites. Little to no stargazing due to lots of tree cover. No host, no potable water. Situated right between the Metolius and Candle Creek (which is really a small river), so all sites are essentially waterfront.
Trail runs right through the campground, but we saw no one. Good hike along the river.
Really great secluded campground- which is saying a lot for Central Oregon in the summer!
Amazing and secluded campground, a favorite for sure. But the road was pretty darn rough this year. Trucks or good clearance recommended.
This small campground sits alongside Candle Creek and is awesome. The sites are huge and the creek provides great white noise. The sites are large and can fit multiple tents. I put my hammock up and relaxed all weekend.
Please note, it is easy to get lost following the android directions. I followed my phone and went way in the wrong direction before turning around. If in doubt the camp host at one of the many other campgrounds along the road gave great directions. Also the road did have big pot holes that could be difficult for low clearance vehicles.
There is also no potable water, so bring your own.
I love this campground. The river is very swift and dangerous- is be very worried about young children near the banks. The creek side is calmer but ice cold and swift as well. Rugged.
7 is our favorite.
The sites are huge. Tons of hiking close by.