McCredie Hot Springs

McCredie Hot Springs Near Oakridge in Oregon

Located 50 miles southeast of Eugene and 8 miles east of Oakridge, McCredie Hot Springs features several hot spring fed pools adjacent to the Willamette Pass Highway on both sides of Salt Creek. There are typically 2-4 shallow and wide, rock-walled and silt-bottomed pools optimal for soaking during a given visit based on the season.

McCredie Hot Springs, Oregon

Pool temperatures are well known to fluctuate, be careful and consider using a thermometer before jumping in!

From 1914 to 1958, McCredie was the former site of a resort, baseball team and bordello. McCredie lies within the boundaries of the Willamette National Forest along the north and south banks of Salt Creek (a Willamette River tributary).

McCredie Hot Springs

There is a small paved parking lot and restroom on-site. McCredie hot springs are free to visit and are day use only. Clothing is optional and nighttime closure is enforced.

Please make sure to pack out what you pack in, including any other trash you might find in order to keep this precious natural resource free and safe for generations to come.

McCredie Hot Springs Map and Directions

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From Oakridge, take Oregon State Route 58 east 8 miles to the signed hot springs parking area located near Blue Pool Campground and milepost 46. To reach the pools on the far (south) side of Salt Creek drive a half mile east of the parking lot and take Shady Gap Road across the creek. After crossing the bridge park in any of the pullouts and follow an unnamed trail up the bank to the south side pools.

McCredie Hot Springs Video

McCredie Hot Springs Soak Stats:

Season: All (check roads during winter – frequent closures)
Type: Short Hike/Roadside
GPS: 43.708 122.288
Map Quad: OAKRIDGE 15 or Willamette National Forest Map
Elevation: 2,100
Land: Willamette National Forest
Fee: None
Restrictions: Nighttime closure
Usage: High
Visibility: Moderate
Temp: 130 (at cinder block source)
Water Clarity: Murky
Odor: n/a
pH: n/a
Area Features: Hills Creek Lake
Closest Food/Gas: Oakridge/Eugene
Trash: Moderate
Bugs: Moderate-High (seasonally)
Wildlife: Moderate
Camping: Nearby at Blue Pool Campground, no on-site
Clothing Optional: Yes
Pit Toilet: Yes


  1. Had our car broken in here. Look out!!!!

  2. No good! I’ve heard of this happening here many times!

  3. Go to across the bridge up river and cross over to the other side. Find first trail to your right and hike into the two warmer pools. Less creepy people.

  4. Went to “the other side” last Monday (as Chris said) and it was great. We had it to ourselves while there were several people at the main side, which was way too hot. Watched some guy toss boulders for probably 45 minutes trying to improve the flow…before he finally left. Kinda funny.

  5. is  mc credie still day use only   i rember when they wernt clear winter nights were awsome  there    patti


    McCredie springs will no longer be a free hot spring after this fall. The Forest Service has been adding various ‘improvements’ such as pit toilets in the parking lot in anticipation of turning it all into a fee area sometime this fall according to a Forest Service notice posted on the board at the trailhead. The notice has stated that there will be a day use fee of $6.00 per person. I’m guessing it’ll be modeled on a similar fee structure as the nearby Cougar Hot Springs, 60 miles over the hills, so no more free soaks. On the plus side, there will probably be a lot less car break-ins as there will likely be a manned booth in the parking lot.

  7. I stopped here, just over a year ago, I do not remember if we paid, we normally don’t, it was trashed with garbage, dirty pads, crap floating in the pools, it was snowing, the river was high, buts THIER was a stinky strong, strong sulfur smell to them and THIER was an orange/brown algae in the water mixed with dirt and pine needles floating all over. We picked up all the trash and layer in them, they were not deep enough to cover our body’s and the part that was in the water was so frying hot we could not stand it and the part that was out was shivering cold with the snow. It was a beautiful scenery. Just pick up more than you bring with you so we can all have places to go in the future.

  8. The hot springs at McCredie are free, and have been even after the improvements. I go there quite often, and the improvements are much appreciated.

  9. Today, Christmas Day 2014, I went there but found the river flow had overwhelmed the springs. No waste time to visit. Interesting thing is the springs on the other side of the river is accessible. I think those persons soaking there must see Chris’s comment. But it’s a kind of long trail to go there after crossing the bridge.

  10. Went here yesterday, May 19, 2015. The side between mile marker 45 and 46 is washed out. If you continue down past marker 46 take a right turn onto a dirt road, stay right at the fork and park about a 1/4 mile down. There is a sign on a tree that says McCredie day use and a hiking path. Stay on the path towards the river and you will come out after 10 mins or so by 2 pools that are deep enough to soak. Clothing optional. The closer one to the trail is a little hot, but the second pool is perfect. Happy soaking!

  11. Went here on July 28th 2015. Had a nice time and got what I wanted. It’s a little hard to figure out where the springs are because the signage doesn’t even indicate the presence of springs. But, if you park at “McCredie Day Site” (follow sign on 58) and take the path to the creek and then wade across the creek, you’ll reach the pools. It’s definitely a natural setting, and the pools are a little muddy, but it’s worth it for the geothermal experience. Maybe there’s another way across the creek besides wading but it’s not too bad if you’re careful. There are some tiny pools before crossing the river, which are more of a cool sight to see than something to soak in. There was no fee.

  12. Took a soak August 11th 2015 3pm, met a very friendly person from the coast (GMC sub/Tundra), and learned about other springs, Umpqua (Toketee), and good camping at Waldo up the road. The friendly spirit has made me reflect on being more friendly to everyone, just because. I hope this person sees this post, and makes a reply. Be nice to one another, its contagious!

  13. The dam between the ponds is to tumble the water keeping it warm top to bottom . when you brake it out like is in the photo the hot water stays on top running out the overflow and the bottom can get real cold …. most of you jerks are not native to oregon or the willamette pass and do more damage than good when you disrupt what we do at these springs ….. be nice if you’d go home and clean up the trash pie you left behind to come here to trash our home & forests …….

  14. Anyone been here lately?

  15. Just went today, there is only one pool on the north side that hasn’t been run over by the river, and there is one pool with algae on the south side apparently, but it was plenty hot enough to relax.

  16. As a camp host at Blue Pool (just before McCredie Hot Springs), it was quite apparent last summer that the last major flood of Salt Creek washed out several of the soaking pools that were once at McCredie. It would be a great thing if a few folks would volunteer to rehab one or two of the old pools, but I don’t know if the Forest Service would allow it. I, for one, would be happy to do some work there.

  17. Interested in helping out, new to Oregon but veteran of southwest hotpools, what would it take to rehab these pools? perhaps large rocks to create a more solid pool? i guess some concrete might help, not sure how accessible these pools are. Will explore them soon…

  18. went there few nights ago. Great spot, never bumped into any creeps and it was at night! Recommended to bring along a few friends. It’s so off the grid and cell service is spotty, please let a few friends know you’re going there before you go. If you go at night, bring a headlamp.

  19. I would be happy to pitch in and help too. Let’s get a group together.

  20. Pam Goad, how do I find out about camping at Blue Pool?

  21. Looking at comments above, have some of the pools been resurrected? Worth the trip to find out? Thinking of planning a camping trip at Blue Pool around soaking, but less interested if its overrun by the river (and tweaky creepers). Anybody been in the last few weeks? Curious which access point Nabisco used.

  22. Nabisco u go offen? Maybe we can go sometime

  23. I went there with a friend a few days ago and ended up having a very scary experience. All was fine and good until we packed up to leave. On the trail back to the parking lot, I spotted a man standing on the ledge overlooking the trail, masturbating in full view as we walked by. My friend and I were the only ones around (aside from another man bathing in the pools across Salt Creek). When we saw the man, we sprinted the rest of the way to the car, only to find that we were the only car in the lot. We couldn’t help but wonder where this man came from, and if he was chasing us. We got away without further incident. It was a very scary experience, and would not recommend going there alone. This has always been a relaxing place to come, but I don’t know if I will ever return. Just keep your wits about you, and travel in groups.

  24. So sad. In the early 1950s there was an actual swimming pool that my family and I had the pleasure of using often during summer months when we were in the area. Unfortunately, it was wiped out during a flood by Salt Creek rising into the park.

  25. Visited today August 29th 2016
    There are several shallow pools with active hot water bubbling…they all need built up again. However, across the river is a knee deep family sized pool that is wonderful! If you dont want to wade across the river, I believe there is a trail access from blue pool campground .5 miles away.

  26. Are dogs allowed around the springs? Of course won’t bring him in the water, but just wondering.

  27. of course you can bring your dogs as long as theyre friendly towards people and other dogs! sure no one would mind if they even hopped in the spring to soak too (:

  28. Hey all! Has anyone been out there lately? Would you advise going there in winter?

  29. I must apologize to the folks who commented here about being willing to help rebuild the hot springs. Summer camp hosting at Blue Pool was very busy this year so forgive me for not responding sooner. To Mary, who was interested in camping at Blue Pool, you would be most welcome! Blue Pool is one of the few campgrounds left that is first come, first served. We have 23 campsites, all but two are on Salt Creek or just above it, with easy access to the creek. Blue Pool itself was pretty much decimated several years ago in a flood (guessing it was the ’96 flood which washed out the bridges into Oakridge and Westfir.) It is still swimmable and has a nice little rapids great for tubing so fun for the kids (and us bigger kids).

    The campground can handle small RVs, campers and trailers, plus lots of spaces just for tents. We do have one large space that will accommodate one large motor home (up to 40′) but there are no hookups to power or water. We have pit toilets, but they are in concrete buildings and we keep them sparkling clean and well stocked. There is water available to the campsites from our well system. The campground has no access for boats (the creek is too shallow for all but kayaks) and no ATVs so it is very quiet, other than the sounds of kids at play. There is over a mile of paved roadway in the campground for biking, rollerblading, or just walking, a big meadow with a horseshoe pit, and some pretty decent trout fishing in Salt Creek.

    The campground will open the weekend before Memorial Day and Tom and I will be up there the week before that getting things ready for our opening. If folks are still interested in possibly doing some work at the hot springs, I’ll talk to the Forest Service and see if they’d permit us to rebuild one or two of the soaking areas. Or we just meet up there and go do it on our own. The Forest Service isn’t real cooperative with efforts to “restore” anything on the creek, including Blue Pool…I’ve tried, but I’m not giving up. The resource is there and needs to be maintained; otherwise, why have it? Also, as of October, 2016, the hot springs were still free. You can’t really charge for something that you don’t maintain AT ALL, unlike Cougar Hot Springs on the McKenzie, which is well maintained.

    Anyone who’d like more information on Blue Pool Campground or the hot springs, please contact me at I’ll answer any questions I can….

  30. Planning a visit next week! Anyone been here as of late? Just wondering what the conditions are? Thanks!

  31. Lacy, did you end up going? Also considering it this winter.

  32. Went about two weeks ago. Road was completely clear, with snow still on the sides. The trail down to the pools was muddy and covered in snow.

    The smaller pool was much colder than I remember. The larger pool wasn’t very deep, but you could still submerge yourself. Felt like warm bath water with several nice hot spots.

    All and all pretty much the same as it was from when I first went two years ago.

  33. Zac want to go again this week, I’m going tonight With a friend

  34. Alicia Spitzer

    May 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Wanting to go to blue pool first weekend in June. You guys think there will be spots open still?

  35. Any recent visits? 03/2018

  36. About to head out there today. Gonna see what it’s all about.

  37. Please let me know. My son and a friend are taking a road trip from washington to grand canyon and want to stop. Is it safe?

  38. It is safe and very fun. worth the trip.

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