Riverside Belknap Hot Springs Lodge & Gardens are located 58 miles east of Eugene and 6 miles east of the town of McKenzie Bridge in the beautiful Willamette National Forest. The historic hot springs resort offers accommodations, soaking in the mineral-rich water, and a variety of outdoor opportunities including, hiking, biking, rafting, and fishing.
The 196-degree Fahrenheit (91°C) scalding water is piped from the source across the river to the heat exchanger that is used to supply heat energy to the lodge and hot water to the resort facilities. After cooling down, the mineral water is piped into the swimming pools. During the summer swimming pools temperature is kept at 92°F (33°C) and in the winter 102°F (39°C).
The lower pool at the river bank is available to the public daily between 9 am and 9 pm. The upper pool is reserved for people who stay overnight and it's open until 10 pm. Four lodge rooms have their private indoor jacuzzi tubs supplied with the hot springs water.
From the lower pool, you can start your exciting way to the exotic Secret Garden. Cross the bridge and hike through a spectacular forest. The winding trail along the McKenzie River is a part of the 27-mile McKenzie River biking and hiking trails that pass Tamolich Blue Pool, Sahalie and Koosah Falls, old lava flows, and Clear Lake.
You don't need to be worried about where you will stay once you visit Belknap Hot Springs because cabins, lodge rooms, camp and RV sites are available.
Check the Belknap Hot Springs website for a reservation and prices.
The fact that a lot of archaeological artifacts has been found on the river banks means that the hot mineral water was used by Native Americans for thousands of years for medicinal healing and religious rituals.
In 1854, the group of men, who settled nearby, explored and described the springs that were originally called "Pools of Salome" and "Siloam Springs".
In 1869, Rollin S. Belknap claimed springs for commercial use. In 1874, the health and a spa resort was open to the public. At that time it was known as Salt Springs.
In 1891, the property was sold and under new ownership, the name was changed to Belknap Springs.
For nearly 150 years, the hot springs resort went through several changes of ownership having various improvements and remodeling. Belknap has been almost continuously open to the public, except between 1968 and 1978.
Belknap Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 58 miles east of Eugene • Oregon Cascade Mountains • USA
Open: 365 days a year, the lower pool is opened from 9 am to 9 pm; upper pool (overnight guests only) from 9 am to 10 pm
Development: Resort, two outdoor pools, gardens
Service: Changing room, restrooms, convenience store, continental breakfast for the lodge guests
Accommodations: Lodge, guest cabins, mountain homes, tent and RV sites
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use: Yes with fees
Elevation: 1,700 ft (518 m)
- Take exit 194A in Eugene
- Head east onto Highway 126 for about 55 miles to the Belknap Springs Road
- Turn left and drive to the Belknap Hot Springs Resort.
Phone: (541) 822-3512
GPS: N 44°11.507' W 122°3.116' | 44.1928, -122.0505
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