Deer Creek or Bigelow Hot Springs is another great soaking spot, located in the Willamette National Forest on the bank of the beautiful McKenzie River. A little pool in the fern grotto sectioned off from the river by rocks on its outer edge. The hot mineral water slowly bubbles up from the pool bottom, providing a comfortable soaking temperature if it doesn't mix with the cold river water. The pool has a coarse sandy-gravel bottom; it is small and can only handle a few visitors at a time.
The hot springs are a free day-use area. Clothing is optional.
Due to Deer Creek Hot Springs is adjacent to the rushing McKenzie River that originates in the high Cascades, the soaking pool can be too chilly in the winters and early springs. The temperature is nearly perfect during the summer and fall seasons.
Neighbor to the Belknap Hot Springs Lodge & Gardens, Deer Creek is a quiet and scenic place that begs to be visited.
Deer Creek Hot Springs | General Description
Open: Year-round from sunrise to sunset
Managed: US Forest Service
Location: Willamette National Forest
Services: No services are available
Activities: Soaking, hiking
Olallie Campground - 1.5 miles northeast
Belknap Hot Springs Resort - 4.4 miles southeast
Distance from parking: 200 yards
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 1,700 ft (518 m)
Deer (Bigelow) Hot Springs is located:
- 63 miles east of Eugene
- 67 miles west of Bend
- 101 miles southeast of Salem
- 147 miles southeast of Portland.