Deer Creek Hot Springs, also known as Bigelow Hot Springs, is a great spot for soaking. Located within the Willamette National Forest, 60 miles east of Eugene, Deer Creek is the neighbor to Belknap Hot Springs. The area is closed from sunset to sunrise.
The small springs pool is, partially, nestled into a fern-lined grotto and has a course sand and gravel bottom. The pool can only handle a few people.
Deer Creek Hot Springs (Bigelow) are a quiet spot along the McKenzie River. During winter and spring months, the spring water is chilly because it submerges and mixes with the river water. The best time for soaking is the summer and fall seasons.
Deer Creek Hot Springs Features
Water temperature: 85°F(29°C) - 100°F (38°C)
Water acidity level: neutral (pH=7.8)
Type of spring: strong sodium chloride
Average dissolved solids: 2650 ppm
Access allowed: year-round, day use
Service: no services are available
Accommodations: Olallie Campground - 1.5 miles northeast; Belknap Hot Springs Resort - 4.4 miles southeast
Distance from parking: 0.1 mile
Elevation: 1700 ft (518 m)
GPS coordinates: 44.2387, -122.059
Directions to Deer Creek Hot Springs
From I-5 take exit 194A in Eugene. Follow highway 126 East for about 63 miles to Forest Road 2654, or Deer Creek Road. Turn left, cross the bridge, park on the right, and hike from signboard along the trail downstream of McKenzie River.
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