A historic landmark in Northeastern Oregon, Cove Warm Springs is located at the southern edge of a small town of Cove in Union County. The natural mineral springs are not steaming hot springs; the water temperature of the source and pool is around 86°F that is perfect for summer swimming.
Due to the excellent springs flow at a rate of 110 gallons per minute, the water in the pool is totally replaced several times a day. For this reason, it meets state water quality requirements and no chlorination is required. The 60-by-65-foot swimming pool is built over the mineral spring source that flows up directly from a 15-by-15-foot opening that looks like a dark patch on the pool's bottom. The pool is mostly concrete except the gravel base of the source.
Operated continuously almost eight decades, the Cove Warm Springs facility opens for recreational swimming from the end of May to Labor Day.
Picnic areas in shade of big woods provide a relaxing setting after or between refreshing swimming. Also, a snack barb and playground are available. The owner lives in a house nearby.
There are hiking and fishing opportunities in the Eagle Cap Wilderness (Wallowa Mountains).
Cove Warm Springs | General Description
Open: Call in advance for current hours of operation (summer only)
Managed: Private property
Location: City of Cove
Development: 60' x 65' concrete pool
Services: Dressing rooms, picnic, and playground facilities
Activities: Swimming, rock jumping, fishing, hiking
Accommodations: Limited tent camping and RV parking; Lodging in La Grande - 10 miles west
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes
Popularity: Low to moderate
Elevation: 3,000 ft (914 m)
Cove Warm Springs is located:
- 9.4 miles north of Union
- 16 miles east of La Grande
- 275 miles east of Portland.
Directions to Cove Warm Springs
From I-84 in La Grande,
- Take OR-82 and go east to OR-237
- Turn onto OR-237 and travel 13.5 miles to French Street in the town of Cove
- Turn left onto French Street, bear left onto Hill Street, and turn right onto 1st Street and then right at Water Street.
Address: 907 Water St. Cove, OR
Points of Interest Nearby