Austin Hot Springs

Austin Hot Springs Clackamas River Oregon

Approximately 60 miles outside of Portland along Highway 224 lies Austin Hot Springs. This natural hot spring, heated by volcanic activity, sits in and along the Clackamas River, among the pristine trees of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Austin Hot Springs

There could be several rock pools along the river suitable for qualification depending on the season.

Signs Posted Summer 2019

Please be aware of Austin’s 200+ degree bursts of hot water and use extreme caution when soaking in this spring. There are suitable spots to soak, just be very careful to not scald yourself. A waterproof digital thermometer (buy on paid link) can help locate burst zones.

Austin Hot Springs Map and Directions

From Estacada, travel 30 miles southeast on HWY 224, which becomes the Clackamas River Road. Approximately 4 miles east of River Ford Campground the pools can be found nestled along the far side of the Clackamas River.

Austin Hot Springs Video

Tour of the natural and beautiful Austin Hot Springs, Oregon!

Austin Hot Springs, Oregon was GORGEOUS! We took off on a crisp morning and headed over the mountain to soak in some natural hot springs, it was so relaxing and we took full advantage!

Austin Hot Springs Soak Stats:

Season: Summer, Fall (avoid during spring runoff, access road often closed during winter – check road conditions)
Type: Roadside
GPS: 45.021 122.009
Map Quad: FISH CREEK MTN. 15 (or Mount Hood National Forest Map)
Elevation: 1,750
Land: Private
Fee: No
Restrictions: Officially closed
Usage: High
Visibility: High
Temp: 116-105 (use thermometer)
Water Clarity: Semi-Clear
Odor: n/a
pH: n/a
Area Features: Clackamas River
Closest Food/Gas: Estacada
Trash: High
Bugs: Moderate-High (seasonally)
Wildlife: Moderate
Camping: Nearby, no on-site
Clothing Optional: Mix
Pit Toilet: No

32 thoughts on “Austin Hot Springs”

  1. Yes I am curious if Austin hot springs is on forest service land or if it is privately owned? I have some clients looking to purchase a hotsprings even if it is undeveloped. A creek or a river on the property is a must. Thank you please let me know if you know of any.

  2. There was a big clean up save the spring party in Sept 2011. the week after I had a lovely soak, with some other visitors. just be sure to pay your parking pass at the ranger station. then park on side of road and walk in. during the fall the river is low enough to walk over to see springs on the other side of river also.

    Keep mixing the water with hand or feet. I found that if you sit still too long, the very hot water floats on the top and can initially be very hot. but just a swirl and then very nice . Plus you can cool it down by moving rocks to let river water in. There were 4-5 pools that you can sit or lay in. About 2 feet deep?

    White rocks and green algea show you where hotest points are. test before you go all the way in and to be safe stay closer to the river side of rocks.

  3. According to the Oregon Forest Service (Estacada Ranger Station) , the Austin hot srings are closed, and privately owned. Additionaly, if anyone is caught and escorted of the property, it comes with a $500 fine and a tresspassing charge. HAPPY SOAKING!!! 11/04/2011

  4. If you were paying attention, google will tell you all you need to know! no the forest service doesnt own the land its private! PGE in some way shape or form owns the land in the form of a trust!

  5. If YOU were paying attention Planted38, you’d know that J. Frank Schmidt now owns the land. PGE had it in the 60’s and 70’s, where it once had a campground. But PGE closed the campground in the late 70’s because Russian immigrants were living there full time and threatening others who attempted to camp there. PGE turned it into a day use only park for a few years. After a few lawsuits in the early 80’s for people being scalded, PGE closed the park and tore out the footbridge. They then sold the property. Schmidt bought it hoping to develop it into another Brightbush Resort type location… but failed to gain the permits and codes to do such. After being sued twice, he took measures to make access to the area difficult. It has been up for sale for at least 3 years now, but he is wanting too much for it.

  6. I found it too hot to keep feet in. That week, news said 2 people were burned there, and it is privately owned, and not supposed to be open to the public, though many use it daily

  7. If it is below the high water mark it is completely legal in Oregon. You can own river front property here but if the shore is below water in winter time then people can use it during summer.

  8. I first soaked in Austin at age 7 in 1978. And once again I found myself there last weekend. The one thing I found about these springs is that if you want to enjoy them.. Be willing to put some work into them. Dig until you are about 2-3 feet deep, place all rock you dig out into the walls of the pool. Start with large rock, then smaller rocks, and then sand to keep the river out. in the end you should have only sand on the bottom and a nice warm pool. the hot water is about 2-3 inches on the top. just swirl that downward and it will heat the cooler water on the bottom. How big of a pool you want to dig is up to you…Have a great soak:)

  9. Can someone tell me exactly where to go? I drove out there and followed the gps but just saw river. Nice drive though and bagbys were hoppin.

  10. This is a beautiful hot spring. The pools along the southern bank of the river were shallow and some lovely folks thought it’d be a great idea to carpet the hot spring with old rugs and such. My party removed the rugs.. gross! But watch out for broken glass. If you continue east along the river about, I don’t know, 300 feet or so there’s a path down to the water and a rope strung across it to use as a ferry line. We blew up rafts and pulled ourselves across. There is a much better pool on this side, it is much deeper and at the perfect temperature. Some other lovely folks (probably the same ones with the carpet) put a broken bench and metal table into this one but it’s big enough so that you can sit away from them. There is a beautiful maple over hanging the shore here and birds abound. Gorgeous!

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