If you have not visited McCredie Hot Springs, then rest assured you are missing out on an opportunity of a lifetime. These hot springs are located near Oregon Route 58 just about an hour outside of Eugene. They are comprised of a small group of hot springs that are on the edge of Salt Creek.
McCredie Hot Springs are best known and loved for their easy access and the hot temperatures of the water. It is only about two hundred yards from Highway 58. Some insights about the hot springs will give you compelling reasons why you should pay a visit to this spectacular location.
Brief History of McCredie Hot Springs
McCredie Hot Springs derived their name from one Judge Walter McCredie in 1916. He was a baseball player from Portland who took over a lease from John Hardin, who had filed a mineral claim on this piece of land in 1911 from the forest service. Walter McCredie used his lease to put up a two-story resort hotel on the land in 1914. However, the actual person who discovered this spectacular site in 1878 was a trapper Frank Warner. Frank lived on this piece of land until he was removed from this spot by the forest service.
Though the McCredie Hot Springs has changed ownership a few times over the years the name McCredie has stuck. The McCredie resort became very popular when in 1923 the Southern Pacific Railway was built. By the end of the 1940s, the resort became disreputable because a new owner used the resort as a bordello. In 1958 the hotel burned to the ground, and in 1964 a flood washed out the bridge and swimming pool.
McCredie Hot Springs Features
- These are natural hot springs that give you the opportunity to interact with nature at its best.
- The temperatures of the water are very high
- The water comes from a concrete cap block.
- The temperature of the water reduces progressively as it moves from one pool to the next. This is superb since it gives you the opportunity to choose which pool to bathe in depending on your temperature preference.
- The biggest pool in McCredie Hot Springs is about thirty feet across and two feet deep, while the smallest is just about three feet across.
- The bottom of these pools is mainly composed of organic material and dirt. However, take caution because there might be some rocks and glass.
- Don’t forget to carry along your towel and proper clothing and shoes depending on the time of the year.
- The best times to visit McCredie Hot Springs are during spring, summer, and fall.
- Do not worry about parking space. Willamette National Forest has a well-paved parking area just next to the springs.
- A word of extra caution is in order. Remember that these hot springs are actually very hot. You don’t want your fun to translate into scalds. Test the temperatures of the water first before diving or stepping into the pools.
If you are thinking of having outdoor fun in a very natural and spectacular environment, this is a place you should visit. Just take the necessary precautions and enjoy a fantastic outing at McCredie Hot Springs.
Access: 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset
Service: No services are available except for a toilet in the parking lot
Accommodations: The Blue Pool Campground is located 0.5 miles west of the hot springs; Motels in Oakridge - 10 miles west
Hiking distance from the parking: Northside: 0.1 miles; south side: 0.3 miles
Elevation: 2064 ft (629 m)
Northside: 43.7069, -122.2898
Southside: 43.7055, -122.2882
McCredie Hot Springs are located:
- 10.3 miles east of Oakridge
- 53 miles east of Eugene
- 87 miles west of Bend
- 114 miles southeast of Salem.
Water T°: 100°F (38°C) to 160°F(71°C)
Type of the springs: Sodium and calcium chloride
Water acidity level: Neutral (pH=7.4)
Chemical used: None
Average dissolved solids: 2650 Mg/L
Chloride - 2232 Mg/L
Sodium - 910 Mg/L
Calcium - 500 Mg/L
Silica - 65.4 Mg/L
Bromine - 33 Mg/L
Carbonate - 20 Mg/L
Potassium - 28 Mg/L
Boron - 17.8 Mg/L
Fluorine - 2.68 Mg/L
Lithium - 1.98 Mg/L
Magnesium - 0.9 Mg/L
Directions to McCredie Hot Springs
- From I-5, take exit 188 in Eugene to Highway 158 East
- Follow Highway 58 southeast for about 46 miles to the north side of McCredie Hot Springs on the right.
For the south side of McCredie Hot Springs, drive for 0.5 miles to the southeast on Highway 58. Turn onto Shady Gap Road, cross the bridge, turn right onto NF-5875, and park your car near a trailhead on the right. The pools are located roughly 10 minutes away from the trailhead. A trail runs downstream along the Salt Creek.
Lauren S. Forcella. "Geochemistry of Thermal and Mineral Waters in the Cascade Mountains of Western North America". 1981