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 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

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: 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
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39 thoughts on “McCredie Hot Springs”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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 …….

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

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