Umpqua Hot Springs are one of the many geothermal mineral springs located in Southern Oregon. This is one of the slightly less populated springs, even though it is located on the cliffs above a vast and beautiful river. It is perfect for a day trip or unwinding after a long day outdoors.
Brief History of Umpqua Hot Springs
It is unclear how the Native Americans, who have situated along the river hundreds of years ago, shared the hot springs, as at least four tribal groups use to live separately along the river. With most other hot springs in Oregon, all conflicts between tribes were put aside when it came to the hot springs as they are very spiritual places.
Over time the springs have made themselves into little pools, through the sediment that has built up over time.
Umpqua Hot Springs are located next to the North Umpqua River in the southern region of Oregon. The springs are situated on the perch of a cliff, giving a stunning and memorable viewing point of the river.
Some people say these springs are slightly harder to find due to more turn offs having to be taken. However, most say to just follow the signs that are provided and you will get there easily. There is a very short walk-up between the parking area and the actual springs; though it is a bit steep so appropriate shoes should be worn. Because of the slightly more involved travel route, this is one of the hot springs in Oregon that is not as popular.
There are a few hiking trails that pass and come quite close to the springs so you will find hikers relaxing in the pools after being out for the day. Camping is permitted near the car park of the springs, but there aren’t many facilities. However, since Umpqua Hot Springs are just one of the scenic attractions in this area, there are other camping grounds located nearby.
Umpqua Hot Springs Features
There are 8 natural pools at Umpqua ranging water temperatures from 100°F (38°C) to 115°F (46°C). Clothing is optional at Umpqua, so be prepared. Many people suggest going to the springs in either the morning or evening to appreciate the temperatures of the water. Many visitors opt for the European method of going into the springs, then straight into the cool river, and repeating.
There is one larger main pool that is often full, as it is the only one that has any sort of covering. This pool only has wooden beams as walls with a large opening at one side to take in the picturesque view of the river.
The rest of the smaller pools cascade down the mountain towards the river. The further down the mountain you go the cooler the pools will get. When moving between pools make sure that you are careful, as the cliff can get very slippery.
Whether you’re coming back from a hiking trip, have just finished mountain biking, or are just in the area looking at some other local attractions, Umpqua Hot Springs is a great place to stop soak and unwind.
Access: 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset
Development: Undeveloped, sheltered pool
Service: No services are available except for a toilet
Accommodations: Camping is permitted about the trailhead; campground near Toketee Lake
Walking distance from the parking: 0.2 miles
Day-use fees(2015): $5 per vehicle
Elevation: 2640 ft (805 m)
GPS coordinates: 43.2955758, -122.3688868
Umpqua Hot Springs are located:
- 63 miles east of Roseburg
- 121 miles southwest of Bend
- 130 miles southeast of Eugene.
Mineral water of Umpqua Hot Springs belongs to Strong Sodium Chloride Carbonated type. This mineral water is slightly acidic and contains the highest concentration of dissolved solids among all mineral water of the Cascade Mountains.
Water T°: 100°F (38°C) to 115°F (46°C)
Water acidity level: Weak acidic (pH=6.37)
Type of the springs: Sodium Chloride Carbonated
Chemical used: None
Average dissolved solids: 8000 Mg/L
Chloride - 3500 Mg/L
Sodium - 2400 Mg/L
Carbonate -1380 Mg/L
Calcium - 340 Mg/L
Sulfur - 190 Mg/L
Silica - 90 Mg/L
Potassium - 63 Mg/L
Magnesium - 41 Mg/L
Boron - 2.4 Mg/L
Fluorine - 1.5 Mg/L
Iron - 0.01 Mg/L
Directions to Umpqua Hot Spring
Drive 68 miles east of Roseburg on OR-138 to Toketee-Rigdon RD (Forest Road 34). Turn left at milepost 58.4 onto FR 34. Turn left across the concrete bridge and continue North Umpqua Road and Basket Buttle Road 2.2 miles to Forest Road 3401. Turn right onto FR 3401 and drive 0.7 miles to a parking area on the left.