Summer Lake Hot Springs is beautiful natural water springs location in Oregon, just southeast of Summer Lake. In addition to having an abundant amount of natural hot mineral water springs, it is a fully loaded retreat area with camping grounds, indoor and outdoor pools, cabin sites and hiking trails. This has been well ranked as one of the best retreat experiences to have in the country and has gotten rave reviews all around.
The area was first discovered and documented in 1843, by John Freemont, during his expedition to establish a path to the Willamette Valley. He gave it the name “Summer Lake”. In the years that followed, it became a popular site for settlers to come to bring their sick in hopes of using the natural healing ability of the hot springs. It was turned into a retreat area in 1997.
Summer Lake Hot Springs Features
The pools are always kept at a warm temperature, they are open 24 hours for overnight guests. If you want to stay overnight, the fully prepared cabins are available. There are six cabins available to choose from and the managers of the property are also very friendly and very accommodating as well.
Also, there are tent camping sites available for rental to those who want to soak in the energy from the ground and stare up at the stars. What is great about these sites is that you can still take advantage of the natural hot water spring pools the surround the areas. As a camper, you will access to fire pits and picnic tables as well as bathrooms and showers. There is a hot water spring pool that anyone who is on a camping ground can have access to and enjoy.
If you are coming to visit in a recreational vehicle (RV), then the local resorts will have spots that you can park our RV overnight. You will stall have access to an outdoor rock pool as well as a bathhouse. Check accommodations rates on the Summer Lake Hot Springs site.
Summer Lake Hot Springs, Additional Activities
Summer Lake Hot Springs also hosts some phenomenal workshops and festivals that are attracted to the rich sense of nature that surrounds the area and guests can take advantage of. There are workshops in Yoga, healing, astronomy, dance, photography, and much more. Here is also a rich history in the area that visitors have to opportunity to learn about as well.
Summer Lake Hot Springs is a great place to come for a relaxing and serene getaway. It’s a place so in tune with nature that you won’t ever have to use your smartphone while you’re there: you will be too busy being blown away by the beauty that surrounds you.
Access: 365 days a year, 9 am - 7 pm; 24 hours for overnight guests.
Development: Large indoor pool, outdoor rock pools.
Clothing: Required before 9 pm; optional after 9 pm.
Service: Workshops, massage, yoga, meditation.
Accommodations: Guest cabins, camping, and RV sites.
Distance from the parking: Short
Fees(2016): $10 per a person (day use); children under 6 are free, 7-15 are half the adult price
Elevation: 4265 ft (1300 m)
GPS coordinates: 42.7253, -120.6473
Summer Lake Hot Springs are located:
- 6.2 miles west of Paisley
- 124 miles south of Bend
- 200 miles southeast of Eugene.
Address: 41777 OR-31, Paisley, OR 97636
Water temperature: 99°F (37°C) - 104°F(40°C)
Type of the springs: Sodium Potassium Chloride
Chemical used: None
Average dissolved solids: 1300 Mg/L
Sodium - 399 Mg/L
Potassium - 374 Mg/L
Chloride - 285 Mg/L
Sulfur - 111 Mg/L
Silica - 96 Mg/L
Boron - 4.1 Mg/L
Fluorine - 2.2 Mg/L
Calcium - 1.4 Mg/L
Magnesium - 0.4 Mg/L
Directions to Summer Lake Hot Springs
From Lakeview, drive 22.8 miles north on US-395 N to OR-31. Continue 28.3 miles to Summer Lake Hot Springs (on the right).
From Bend, follow 31 miles via US 97 south to OR-31 South, turn left onto OR-31 S and follow for 92 miles to Summer Lake Hot Springs (on the left).