In Hot Water: Top 3 Hot Springs in Oregon

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Looking to spend a relaxing morning soaking in natural geothermal waters surrounded by the stunning Oregon forest?  Check out these top 3 hot springs in Oregon!

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The cascading pools of Cougar Hot Springs in the Willamette Forest.

Cougar Hot Springs

Cougar hot springs, also known as Terwiliger hot springs is a cult favorite among locals in the surrounding area.  The lush Willamette National Forest surrounds these geothermal pools.  Cougar hot springs is comprised of four cascading crystal pools.  Over the years, locals built the rim of Cougar hot springs with river rock shrouding each pool with a certain degree of privacy.  The short quarter mile walk is mainly flat with a small hut at the top for changing.  The clear pools vary in temperature with the top pool being the hottest at roughly 112 Fahrenheit.  Clothing is optional and the facility is day use only with a fee of $6 per person with seasonal pass options available.

Umpqua Hot Springs

These notorious hot springs are tucked into the hillside in the middle of the stunning Willamette forest.  Enjoy the natural backdrop and peaceful environment from the pools overlooking the North Umpqua River.  With the pools measuring about 3 feet deep and at temperatures of 112 Fahrenheit, this is a great option in any season.  Visit in early wintertime and enjoy a fresh snowfall from the toasty warm confines of these geothermal pools.  Umpqua hot springs has a storied history with visitors engaging in drug fueled parties and documented sanitation issues.  The management has cleaned up and a visit to these hot springs is a much more mellow experience than in years past.  The forest service now limits parking to ten vehicles ensuring privacy and less crowded conditions.  Clothing is optional and it is currently a day use only site although monitoring is limited.

Deer Creek Hot Springs

Located along the banks of the impressive McKenzie River, these hot springs are accessible during summer and fall when water temps are higher.  Cooler than the previous two listings at 104 Fahrenheit, this geothermal pool offers stunning views and premium solitude.  Deer Creek hot springs is comprised of a rock ring where geothermal spring water mixes with McKenzie river waters.  Enjoy the lush ferns along the banks of the river and the towering treetops of the surrounding forest while soaking your worries away at Deer Creek.

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