Summer Lake Hot Springs is a fantastic place to visit if you’re looking for a soaking experience that is well in tune with nature. The 145-acre rustic resort is located at the southern edge of the large alkali Summer Lake along the Oregon Outback Highway 31 or the National Scenic Byway.
The hot mineral water of the Summer Lake basin was used by Native people for healing and religious purposes thousands of years before the first Europeans discovered this area. In 1843 John Freemont, during his expedition to establish a path to the Willamette Valley, discovered and documented the hot springs near the beautiful lake. He gave it the name “Summer Lake”. In the next years, the hot springs became a popular destination for settlers to come and use the natural healing properties of the mineral water. Today, this is a still perfect place for anyone who wants to soak in the energy from the ground and stare up at the bright stars.
Enclosed into a barn-like building, an indoor swimming pool and three rock-lined outdoor pools were built near the hot springs. Natural mineral water comes out of the ground at 106-113°F and cools as transferred to the pools. The large 15-by-30-foot pool with a depth from 3.5 to 5 feet receives about 20 gallons of thermal water per minute on a continuous flow-through basis. Due to the rapid water flow, no chlorination is required.
Summer Lake Hot Springs offer geothermally heated cabins and guest houses that are located all around the hot springs area. A two-bedroom ranch house is featured by "Grotto" piazza with private soaking pools. The pools are open 24 hours for overnight guests and are always kept at a temperature comfortable for soaking.
Summer Lake Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 51 miles north of Lakeview • Southern Oregon • USA
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
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes, children under 6 - free
Elevation: 4,265 ft (1,300 m)
- Go 22.8 miles north on US-395 N to OR-31
- Continue 28.3 miles on OR-31 to Summer Lake Hot Springs (on the right).
- Drive 31 miles onto US-97 S to OR 31
- Turn left onto OR-31 South and follow 92 miles to Summer Lake Hot Springs (on the left).
Address: 41777 OR-31, Paisley, OR 97636