Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery
Even if you’re not a fish culturist, visit Camp Sherman’s Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. Large open tanks contain over three million fish—rainbow and brook trout, kokanee and Atlantic salmon—that are raised here until released into the wild. A separate large pond is home to some real whoppers! Other than the occasional eagle or raccoon snatching its next meal, the pond and tanks are meant for viewing and not for angling. But do take along a couple of quarters to buy pellet fish food from the dispensers. Toss the morsels into the tanks and watch lightening-fast fish compete for a snack (resident geese also enjoy the fish food). It’s great entertainment for just 25 cents!
Headwaters of the Metolius River
Don’t miss the nearby headwaters of the Metolius River about two miles upriver. It’s hard to believe that any waterway designated as a Wild and Scenic River starts by gently bubbling up from an underground spring, but it does, and then immediately widens into a 29-mile-long, fast-moving icy current. The headwaters also provide a perfect foreground for capturing snowy 10,497-foot Mount Jefferson on film.
Whether camping to you means loading up a climate-controlled big rig or roughing it with just nylon and a few poles over your head, there’s no better place to enjoy the great outdoors close to home than at Camp Sherman. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
Driving directions from Portland: I-5 south to Highway 22. Head east on Highway 22. Veer onto Highway 20. Camp Sherman is situated on Forest Service Road 14, which runs off Highway 20 (about 10 miles northwest of Sisters and two hours east of Salem).
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