Deer Creek (Bigelow) Hot Springs – Cascades

Deer Creel Hot Springs

Deer Creel Hot Springs

Deer Creel Hot Springs

Deer Creel Hot Springs

Deer Creek Hot Springs

Deer Creek or Bigelow Hot Springs is another great soaking spot, located in the Willamette National Forest on the bank of the McKenzie River. A little pool in a fern grotto sectioned off from the river by rocks on its outer edge. Hot springs water flows slowly from the pool's bottom, providing a comfortable temperature if it doesn't mix with the cold river water. Hot Springs pool has coarse sand and gravel bottom; it is small and can only handle a few guests at a time.

The hot springs are a free day-use area. Clothing is optional.

Neighbor to Belknap Hot Springs, Deer Creek is a quiet place that begs to be visited. Its location in the woods near the river means that the creek is a little too chilly in the winter, but the temperature is perfect during the summer and fall seasons.


General Description

Access: 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset
Development: Undeveloped
Clothing: Optional
Service: None
Accommodations: Olallie Campground, 1.5 miles northeast; Belknap Hot Springs Resort, 4.4 miles southeast
Walking distance from the parking: 200 yards
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 1700 ft (518 m)
GPS coordinates: 44.2387, -122.0594

Deer (Bigelow) Hot Springs are located:

  • 63 miles east of Eugene
  • 67 miles west of Bend
  • 101 miles southeast of Salem
  • 147 miles southeast of Portland.

Water Properties & Geochemistry

Water T°: 85°F (29°C) - 100°F (38°C)
Water acidity level: Neutral (pH=7.8)
Type of the springs: Sodium Chloride
Chemical used: None

Average dissolved solids: 2650 Mg/L

Mineral Content

Chloride - 1148 Mg/L
Sodium - 540 Mg/L
Carbonate - 144 Mg/L
Sulfur - 102 Mg/L
Calcium - 188 Mg/L
Silica - 68.9 Mg/L
Potassium - 16.6 Mg/L
Boron - 6.5 Mg/L
Fluorine - 1.4 Mg/L
Lithium - 1.1 Mg/L

Directions to Deer Creek Hot Springs

  • From I-5 take exit 194A in Eugene
  • Drive on Highway 126 East for about 63 miles to Forest Road 2654, or Deer Creek Road
  • Turn left, cross the bridge, and park on the right.

Lauren S. Forcella. "Geochemistry of Thermal and Mineral Waters in the Cascade Mountains of Western North America". 1981

Weather Forecast

Winter Storm Warning

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