Summer Lake Hot Springs is a unique place to come and enjoy a relaxing steam bath in the midst of serene nature of the southern Oregon. The beautiful hot springs is located near the large alkali Summer Lake, along the National Scenic Byway - Highway 31. This rustic hot springs resort is a fully loaded retreat area with camping grounds, cabins and guest houses, indoor and outdoor pools.
Natural mineral water flows out of the the Slide Mountain fault at 106-113°F and cools as it is piped into a barn-like bathhouse that features the swimming-size indoor pool, changing rooms, and showers. The pool size is the 15-by-30-foot with depth from 3.5 to 5 feet. A rapid and continuous water flow, about 20 gallons a minute, means no chemical treatment of the water is required. There are three rock-lined outdoor pools on the west side of the bathhouse. This perfect location allows you to capture a stunning sunset while soaking into the hot mineral water.
The pools are always kept at a comfortable temperature and open 24 hours for overnight guests. The Summer Lake Hot Springs resort offers geothermal heated cabins and guest houses. A two bedroom ranch house is featured by "Grotto" piazza with private soaking pools.
The area was first discovered and documented in 1843, by John Freemont, during his expedition to establish a path to the Willamette Valley. He gave it the name “Summer Lake”. Soon, the hot springs became a popular spot for thermal bathing and still remains so.
There are tent camping sites available for rental to those who want to soak in the energy from the ground and stare up at the stars. As a camper, you will access to fire pits and picnic tables as well as hot springs pools. If you are coming to visit in a recreational vehicle (RV), then the local resorts will have spots that you can park your RV overnight. Check accommodations rates on the Summer Lake Hot Springs website.
Summer Lake Hot Springs hosts workshops including yoga and meditation. Also, each year the resort has music festivals such as “The Coyote Festival” in the summer and “The Outback Music Festival” in the fall.
Open: 365 days a year, 9 am - 7 pm; 24 hours for overnight guests
Development: Large indoor pool, outdoor rock pools
Clothing: Required before 9 pm; optional after 9 pm
Service: Workshops, massage, yoga, meditation
Accommodations: Guest cabins, camping, and RV sites
Distance from the parking: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes, children under 6 - free
Elevation: 4,265 ft (1,300 m)
Summer Lake Hot Springs are located:
- 6.2 miles west of Paisley
- 51 miles north of Lakeview
- 124 miles south of Bend
- 200 miles southeast of Eugene.
Water T° (source): 124° (51°C)
Water T° (pools): 99-104° (37-40°C)
Type of the springs: Sodium Potassium Chloride
Flow rate: 20 gallon/min (75 l/min)
Chemical used: None
- Drive 22.8 miles north onto US-395 N to OR-31
- Continue north onto Highway OR-31 for 28.3 miles to Summer Lake Hot Springs (on the right)
- Follow 31 miles south on US 97 south to OR-31 South
- Turn left onto OR-31 S and follow for 92 miles to Summer Lake Hot Springs (on the left).
Address: 41777 OR-31, Paisley, OR 97636
GPS & Navigation (DDM/DD): N 42°43.536' W 120°38.838' / 42.7256, -120.6473
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