Deer Creek Hot Springs | Bigelow – Cascades

Deer Creek Hot Springs | Bigelow Hot Springs

Deer Creek Hot Springs (Bigelow Hot Springs)

Deer Creek Hot Springs | Bigelow Hot Springs

Deer Creek Hot Springs

Deer Creek Hot Springs | Bigelow Hot Springs

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.Deer Creek Hot Springs | Bigelow Hot Springs

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.


General Description

Access: 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset
Development: Undeveloped
Clothing: Optional
Service: None
 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

Chloride - 1,148 Mg/L
Sodium - 540 Mg/L
Carbonate - 144 Mg/L
Sulfur - 102 Mg/L
Calcium - 188 Mg/L
Silica - 68.9 Mg/L
Potassium - 16.6 Mg/L
Boron - 6.5 Mg/L
Fluorine - 1.4 Mg/L
Lithium - 1.1 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.

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Lauren S. Forcella. "Geochemistry of Thermal and Mineral Waters in the Cascade Mountains of Western North America". 1981

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