Deer Creek or Bigelow Hot Springs is another great soaking spot, located in the Willamette National Forest on the bank of the McKenzie River. A little pool in a fern grotto sectioned off from the river by rocks on its outer edge. Hot springs water flows slowly from the pool's bottom, providing a comfortable temperature if it doesn't mix with the cold river water. Hot Springs pool has coarse sand and gravel bottom; it is small and can only handle a few guests at a time.
The hot springs are a free day-use area. Clothing is optional.
Neighbor to Belknap Hot Springs, Deer Creek is a quiet place that begs to be visited. Its location in the woods near the river means that the creek is a little too chilly in the winter, but the temperature is perfect during the summer and fall seasons.
Access: 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset
Olallie Campground, 1.5 miles northeast
Belknap Hot Springs Resort, 4.4 miles southeast
Walking distance from the parking: 200 yards
Day-use fees: None
Deer (Bigelow) Hot Springs are located:
- 63 miles east of Eugene
- 67 miles west of Bend
- 101 miles southeast of Salem
- 147 miles southeast of Portland.
Elevation: 1,700 ft (518 m)
GPS: 44.2387, -122.0594
Water Properties & Geochemistry
Water T°: 85°F (29°C) - 100°F (38°C)
Water acidity level: Neutral (pH=7.8)
Type of the springs: Sodium Chloride
Chemical used: None
Average dissolved solids: 2,650 Mg/L
- From I-5, take exit 194A in Eugene
- Drive on Highway 126 East for about 63 miles to Forest Road 2654, or Deer Creek Road
- Turn left, cross the bridge, and park on the right.