Hunters Hot Springs, or Geyser Hot Springs were discovered by trappers from the Hudson Bay Company in 1832 but it was named after Harry Hunter, a man who bought it almost 100 years later. At peak temperatures as high as 185 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the trappers rightfully noted that the spring waters were unusually hot. Hunter Spring water is largely alkaline which promotes the growth of large bacterial mats and this has drawn microbiologists in droves to the area.
A man-made Old Perpetual Geyser was once the star of the Hunter Hot Springs shows releasing a plume of sweltering hot water 50 to 60 feet into the air every 1-2 minutes. The geyser has stopped erupting in 2009 but later it came back.
Currently, the entire Hunters Hot Springs is a resort where guests can access the pool for mineral benefits. Originally the landowner bought the 40 ha piece of land with the intention of building a health resort but circumstances led to the opening of a medical clinic on the site and before long there was a restaurant to support the medical practice. In 1943 the clinic was sold and a motel was built to turn the area into a full resort. Today after some ownership changes the Hunter Spring Resort has a motel and lounge from where guests have access to the pool.
The soaking pool is well covered to give you some semblance of privacy as you relax with friends or family. The views from Hunters Hot Springs at night is simply breathtaking. The pool area has been kept impeccably clean to be enjoyed by all who decide to stop by.
Access allowed: 365 days a year for overnight guests only
Development: Resort, large pool
Services: Changing rooms, barbecue grills, a spa tub, lounge
Accommodations: Resort, RV park, campground
Distance from the parking: Short
Day-use fees: For resort guests only
Elevation: 4802 ft (1463 m)
GPS coordinates: 42.220259, -120.369517
Hunters Hot Springs are located:
- 2.7 miles north of Lakeview
- 249 miles southeast of Eugene
- 310 miles southeast of Salem.
Address: 18088 N. Rt. 395, Lakeview, OR 97630
Water T° (pool): 104°F (40°C) - 107°F (42°C)
Water T° (source): 185°F (85°C) - 210°F (99°C)
Water acidity level: Alkaline (pH=8.2-8.3)
Type of the springs: Sodium Chloride Sulfate
Chemical used: None
Directions to Hunters (Geyser) Hot Springs
From Lakeview follow 8 miles north on the US-395.