Situated on the Metolius River in the Deschutes National Forest, the compact community of Camp Sherman—affectionately referred to as “Sherm” by many locals and regular visitors— welcomes campers and outdoor enthusiasts galore during the summer months, owing largely to its numerous campgrounds and cabin resorts and ample opportunities for outdoor adventure. Popular area activities include hiking, camping, mountain biking, and birding, and getting out on the water. Fly-fishing is particularly popular here, and the Wizard Falls Hatchery—which raises over 2.6 million fish every year—is just a few miles downstream.
Central Oregon’s largest city, Bend, is just a short drive from Camp Sherman. Here you’ll find great dining, hiking, and boating opportunities, as well as easy access to the ski resort at Mount Bachelor.
Central Oregon Rock Formations
Camp Sherman puts you within an easy drive of some of Central Oregon’s most spectacular rock formations. Highlights include the nearby Oregon hoodoos and the rock-climbing hot spot of Smith Rock.
The Mt. Jefferson Wilderness
Spread out over nearly 105,000 acres, this protected wilderness area features soaring peaks strewn with lush fir and pine trees and the occasional alpine lake. It's particularly popular with backpackers, so make sure to secure a permit before you head out.
Camp Sherman is at its busiest in the summer months, and if you want to visit between mid-June and Labor Day, it’s a good idea to book your campsite well in advance. The summertime temperatures here are warm, but not unbearable, and the presence of the Metolius River definitely cools things down. For a quieter time, consider coming in April, May, September, or October, when temperatures are generally pleasant enough for camping, but crowds are fewer.