Snively Hot Springs

Snively Hot Springs is located on the bank of the Owyhee River
Features a primitive pool, lined with the river rocks

Snively Hot Springs
Parking Area
Snively Hot Springs
BLM Signboard
Snively Hot Springs
Hot Springs Pool
Snively Hot Springs
Owyhee River Canyon

If you are on the lookout for an excellent location to enjoy a hot soak, then Snively Hot Springs should definitely be considered. Located around the upper part of the Owyhee River Canyon, this spot offers the stunning vista of the Owyhee River that flows through the colorful geological formations of the picturesque canyon.

The hot water up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit comes out of the ground near the Owyhee Lake Road approximately 300 feet from the riverside. It flows via a ditch to the 2-3 feet deep and 20 feet wide manually built circular rock pool with the gravel bottom situated right in the river.

The water within the pool is shallow, between two to three feet deep. The hot water mixes in with the cold water within the rock and boulder-lined gravel and sand pools. Consistently stirring the water with your hand, in order to mix hot water with cold water, helps to maintain an even temperature and prevent the hot water from floating to the top.

The pool temperatures may vary depending on the distance from the river or the source of the springs. You can find the perfect soaking location by moving towards or away from the hot springs source.


The hot springs area is open year-round but late summer, fall and winter seasons are the best seasons because the springs pool can submerge with the river during spring runoff or when the dam releases water.

The high desert of Owyhee River Canyon offers an attractive set of outdoor adventures including hiking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and wildlife watching.

The springs are situated on BLM land 12 miles below the Owyhee Dam and come with a big parking area, pit toilet, and picnic table.

The Snively Hot Springs recreation area gets overused and littered. To keep the place clean and safe, BLM allows day-use only, camping and fires are not allowed and glass containers are prohibited within 30 feet of the hot springs.

Caution. Watch out for poison oak along the river bank and around the parking area.

Snively Hot Springs | Facts

Location: 31 miles southwest of Ontario • Eastern Oregon • USA
Open: Year-round, day-use
Development: Undeveloped
Clothing: Optional
Service: Pit toilet
Accommodations: No camping and fire are allowed within 30 feet of the hot springs
Restrictions: No camping, no fires, no shooting, no glass containers allowed within 30 feet of the pool
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use: Free

Elevation: 2,400 ft (732 m)

Water T° (source): 134°F (57°C) - 150°F (66°C)
Water T° (pool): 90°F (32°C) - 120°F (49°C)
Water acidity level: Alkaline (pH=9.2)
Springs Type: Sodium and Calcium Chloride Sulfate
Chemical used: None

Sodium (Na) - 93 Mg/L
Calcium (Ca) - 2.7 Mg/L
Potassium (K) - 1.1 Mg/L
Sulfate (SO4) - 91.7 Mg/L
Silica (SiO2) - 70.2 Mg/L
Chloride (Cl) - 19.5 Mg/L
Fluoride (F) - 15 Mg/L


From Ontario,

  • Drive toward E Idaho Ave
  • Take I-84 East and drive 4 miles toward Boise
  • Take exit 3 for US-95, turn right onto US-95 South, and continue 7.2 miles to US-20/US-26
  • Turn right and continue 2.4 miles to OR-201 South
  • Turn left onto toward Lake Owyhee and continue for about 8 miles to Owyhee Avenue
  • Turn right onto Owyhee Avenue and drive 4 miles to Owyhee Lake Road
  • Turn left and continue on Owyhee Lake Road for 6.5 miles to the parking area on the left.

GPS: N 43°43.811' W 117°12.208' | 43.7302, -117.2035

More Adventures


  1. There used to be a swimming pool at the site where the grove of trees are. There are rattlesnakes and ticks in the area.

  2. There are rattlesnakes in the area.
    Ticks are also something to be considered.
    A little bit of a history lesson…for you.
    There used to a swimming pool located where the large trees grow. The Owyhee Dam up stream is built over an extinct volcano. The site was called hole in the ground.
    There is a fault line through the canyon.
    The large pipes you see along the road to Snively hot springs are irrigation pipes connected to canals and tunnels from the Owyhee Dam.

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