Belknap Hot Springs- Lower Pool

• Belknap Hot Springs is a historic spring resort opened in 1874
• The site features two large swimming pools

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Belknap Hot Springs is a historic spring resort is located in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the Willamette National Forest. The resort offers lodging and camping on the bank of the scenic McKenzie River.

Originally called "Pools of Salome" and "Siloam Springs", the hot springs were used by Native Americans for religious ceremonies, healing and rejuvenating practices. According to archaeological finds, this site was utilized for more than 8,000 years.

The first European explorers and settlers found and described this hot springs area in 1854.

In 1869, Rollin S. Belknap claimed the springs and land across the river with plans to build a health spa. In 1874, the resort facilities under the name “Salt Springs” were opened to the public.

In 1891, the name of the hot springs was changed to Belknap Springs in honor of the first proprietor and the resort developer.

Since 1874, Belknap Hot Springs has been almost continuously open to the public, except for a period of time between 1968 and 1978.

Belknap Hot Springs Features

The scalding water of the springs' source is near the boiling point, between 185°F and 196°F. The water is pumped across the river into a reservoir that, also, plays the role of a heat exchanger, supplying the resort facilities with geothermal energy. After the mineral water in the reservoir is cooled down to a comfortable temperature, it is piped into the outdoor pools.

There are two mineral swimming pools. The lower large pool on the bank of the river is open to all resort guests daily from 9 am to 9 pm. The nice smaller upper pool is reserved mainly for people who stay overnight and it is open until 10 pm. The temperature of outdoor pools is kept at 92°F in summers and 102°F in winters. Several lodge rooms have their own indoor Jacuzzi tubs supplied with the hot springs water.

The Belknap resort features a great landscape with large grassy areas, flowers, sculptures, and the romantic Secret Garden with ancient stile like columns and cascading small waterfalls.

Belknap Hot Springs - Office and Lodge
Office and Lodge
Belknap Hot Springs - Source
Belknap Hot Springs - Secret Garden
Secret Garden
Belknap Hot Springs - Upper Pool
Upper Pool

The footbridge across the river takes you to the source of the springs. From this point, you will find a network of hiking and biking trails including the 27-mile McKenzie River Trail that winds along the McKenzie River and pass Tamolich Blue Pool, Sahalie and Koosah Falls, old lava flows, and Clear Lake.

In the summer, the river provides great opportunities for fishing and white rafting. In the winter, recreation activities including skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and snowmobiling are available nearby.


Belknap Hot Springs | Facts

Open: Year-round; The lower pool is opened from 9 am to 9 pm; The upper pool (overnight guests only) from 9 am to 10 pm
Managed by: Private Property

Development: Resort, two outdoor pools, & gardens
Amenities: Changing rooms, restrooms, picnic tables, & a small store
Activities: Soaking, hiking, fishing, & rafting
Accommodations: Lodge, guest cabins, tent and RV sites
Clothing: Required

Distance from parking: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes

Elevation: 1,700 ft (518 m)

Belknap Hot Springs is located:

  • 58 miles east of Eugene
  • 105 miles southeast of Salem
  • 151 miles southeast of Portland.

Water T° (sources): 185°F (85°C) - 196°F (91°C)
Water T° (pools): 92°F (33°C) - 102°F (39°C)
Water acidity level: Neutral (pH=7.62)
Type of the springs: Sodium Chloride
Flow Rate: 75 gallon/min (285 l/min)
Chemical used: Water is treated with chlorine

Average dissolved solids: 2,650 Mg/L

Chloride - 1,300 Mg/L
Sodium - 690 Mg/L
Calcium - 210 Mg/L
Sulfur - 170 Mg/L
Silica - 96 Mg/L
Bromine - 33 Mg/L
Carbonate - 19 Mg/L
Potassium - 15 Mg/L
Boron - 6.4 Mg/L
Fluorine - 1.2 Mg/L
Lithium - 0.95 Mg/L
Magnesium - 0.2 Mg/L

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Belknap Hot Springs

From I-5

  • Take exit 194A in Eugene
  • Follow onto Highway 126 (OR-126) east for about 55 miles to the Belknap Springs Road
  • Turn left and continue to the Belknap Hot Springs Resort.

Phone: (541) 822-3961

Address: 59296 Belknap Hot Springs Rd, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon 97413

1. Lauren S. Forcella. "Geochemistry of Thermal and Mineral Waters in the Cascade Mountains of Western North America". 1981
2. "Geothermal Information Layer for Oregon".

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