Austin Hot Springs is CLOSED
Approximately 60 miles outside of Portland lies Austin Hot Springs. Austen is located on private land and is closed to the public. Please respect the landowner and do not visit this natural hot springs.
From the Johnson Creek Watershed Council on behalf of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS):
Austin Hot Springs is a sacred site for numerous Native American peoples since time immemorial, the area was recently acquired by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) but has been overrun and degraded by trespassers who have been destroying signs, fences, leaving trash, long term camping, and leaving human feces. This is more than people not understanding leave no trace; this is active desecration. CTWS does not want people using the area, for a variety of reasons: it is sacred tribal land and was purchased for the conservation of fish and wildlife (and is legally private property); there are no services/facilities at the site; trespassers use the site to dump their garbage; the springs themselves can be quite dangerous, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 200° F (that’s close to boiling, and hot enough to scald on contact; several people have been severely burned in this spot); and it is not possible for them to monitor the site for safety.
Classic Photo: Oregon Historical Society 1920s