After leaving the Crooked River Ranch area I wasn’t sure where to go next. I had 10 days to go to be in Springfield for my solar panel system install, so I wanted to start getting closer to Springfield, OR. But I was only about 150 miles away and hoped I could find a National Park or National Forest to check out. I drove to the Deschutes National Forest ranger station in Sisters, OR and asked the very friendly ranger where she would go if she had a choice right now. Her reply was the Metolius River. She gave me a map, instructions on how to get there and circled the campground she recommended. I was off.
I went past several campgrounds and then decided to turn into one that I thought was the one she had specified. The campground was entirely full and nothing available. I then tried the next campground up the road from there. It had several sites that were available and not previously reserved. I pulled into the campsite below and registered to stay for 4 nights.
This is the view from my campsite facing the Metolius River. It was only about a hundred feet away.
The river had a very fast current and was crystal clear. I could see to the bottom almost out to the middle of the river. There were a few trees that had fallen into the river here and there. Many spots it had small falls and rapids.
This was a beautiful place and I was very happy I checked with the ranger. As it turned out the campground she circled on the map was the very campground I settled into. By the way the name of the campgrounds was Pioneer Ford. What a find !!!!!