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Smiling River Campground
Smiling River Campground

Smiling River Campground

Effective July 12, 2021, all open fires, including charcoal fires, will be prohibited on all lands administered by the Deschutes National Forest. There are no exceptions for developed or hosted campgrounds. Further information is found on the USDA Forest Service website. 

  • Nestled in Deschutes National Forest, Smiling River Campground offers visitors some of the most stunning scenery in central Oregon and easy access to an abundance of recreational activities.

    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. Its 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.

    Features

    • Fishing Fishing
    • Grills Grills
    • Hiking/Trekking Hiking/Trekking
    • Wildlife Watching Wildlife Watching

    Facilities

    Campground (36 total sites)

    Smiling River Campground offers sites that accommodate both tent and RV camping, however hookups are not available.Picnic areas, trails and scenic overlooks, along with the conveniences of firewood, drinking water and flush toilets, give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while still having many of the conveniences of home.

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    • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the 24-hour Fire Precaution information 800-523-4737 or the Deschutes National Forest 541-383-5300.

    • Please Note: Check out time now 12:00 PM, check in time 2:00 PM.

    • The camping fee includes entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle, any extra vehicles will be subject to an extra vehicle fee at the campground.

    • Click here for more information about Deschutes National Forest.

    • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

    • Camping for a period in excess of 14 days consecutively in any one campsite is not allowed. Prior to returning to the campground after an initial 14 day stay, any person that was a part of the group must move to a new location at least 5 air miles from the previous location for at least 30 days.