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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 Sign

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

McCredie Hot Springs Pools

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).

There is a small paved parking lot and restroom on-site. McCredie hot springs cost $5/vehicle 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

Salt Creek & McCredie Hot Springs





McCredie hot springs near Oakridge, OR.

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: $5/vehicle
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
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39 thoughts on “McCredie Hot Springs”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. MCCREDIE HOT SPRINGS UPDATE – AUGUST 2012!!!

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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 …….

  12. 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.

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