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. The pool is in a forested area, which provides a peaceful and scenic setting for relaxing and soaking in the hot springs.
Nestled on 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. There are no facilities on site, so bring your own supplies and pack out all trash – even if it’s not yours.
Nearby Overnight Lodging
- Blue River Overnight Accommodations (Expedia paid link)
- McKenzie Bridge Overnight Accommodations (Expedia paid link)
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.
Bigelow Hot Springs Video
Deer Creek (Bigelow) Hot Springs – Oregon
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Bigelow Hot Springs Soak Stats:
Season: Summer, Fall (avoid during winter and spring, pool too cool)
GPS: 44.241 122.058
Map Quad: MCKENZIE BRIDGE 15, Willamette National Forest Map or Belknap Springs OR USGS 7.7 minute quadrangle
Land: Willamette National Forest
Restrictions: Nighttime closure
Temp: 102-104 (summer/fall)
Water Clarity: Murky
Area Features: McKenzie River
Nearby Hot Springs: Belknap Hot Springs, Terwilliger Hot Springs
Closest Food/Gas: McKenzie Bridge, Eugene, Bend
Bugs: Moderate-High (seasonally)
Camping: Nearby, no on-site
Clothing Optional: Yes
Pit Toilet: No