Bigelow Hot Springs

Bigelow Hot Springs

Bigelow Hot Springs Near McKenzie Bridge in Oregon

The small, 2-4 person sand and gravel pool at Bigelow (Deer Creek) Hot Springs is located near Highway 126 and is close to 60 miles from Eugene. Nestled in the northern bank of McKenzie River, Bigelow is typically 102-104 during summer and fall. Winter conditions often result in a pool that is too cool for school (soaking).

Consider yourself lucky if you are able to enjoy Bigelow during the core summer season. Clothing is most definitely optional.

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Bigelow Hot Springs Map and Directions


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Turn onto Forest Road 2654 off Highway 126 five miles from the Highway 126/Highway 242 junction. Drive across the bridge to the parking area and walk down to the river to the hot springs.

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Bigelow Hot Springs Soak Stats:

Season: Summer, Fall (avoid during winter and spring, pool too cool)
Type: Roadside
GPS: 44.241 122.058
Map Quad: MCKENZIE BRIDGE 15, Willamette National Forest Map or Belknap Springs OR USGS 7.7 minute quadrangle
Elevation: 2,000
Land: Willamette National Forest
Fee: No
Restrictions: Nighttime closure
Usage: High
Visibility: High
Temp: 102-104 (summer/fall)
Water Clarity: Murky
Odor: n/a
pH: n/a
Area Features: McKenzie River
Closest Food/Gas: Eugene/Bend
Trash: Moderate
Bugs: Moderate-High (seasonally)
Wildlife: Moderate
Camping: Nearby, no on-site
Clothing Optional: Yes
Pit Toilet: No

4 Comments

  1. Whats the earliest in the season that the pools are warm enough for use?

  2. the GPS location is a little inaccurate: the springs are on the left (downstream) side of the bridge

  3. Ok sorry but not worth the drive. Beautiful tho down to Springfield. It needs pumped out. Dug deeper. Bit of bleaching. Then maybe better. The sulfer smell and black stuff in the water nasty. Check out other ones couger was packed ! Didn’t stay.

  4. beautiful wild and untamed

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