Water Activities

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With over 150 lakes and 14 Wild & Scenic Rivers, Mt. Hood National Forest abounds with water-related recreational activities.


Bagby Hot Springs is nestled deep in the woods of southern Clackamas County along the Hot Springs Fork of the Collawash River. The springs are accessible by trail from Forest Road 70. The primitive soaking tubs offer a unique recreation experience. Bagby Hot Springs is a developed recreation site, and a  $5 per person soaking fee is required. Two of the three bath houses have been reconstructed in the last three years.  For further information contact the Clackamas River Ranger District at 503-630-6861.


Soaking fee bracelets may be purchased at the Ripplebrook Store along Hwy 224 when it is open, or at the staffed trailhead.  A fee tube is also present at the trailhead.  Camping is available at the Bagby Campground adjacent to the trailhead for $16 a night.  No drinking water is available at Bagby so please bring your own water.  Please use driving directions below and do not use google maps or GPS directions to get to Bagby.  Those send you down Forest Road 4620 that dead ends and is nowhere near Bagby!


Austin Hot Springs is on privately owned land and is not under Forest Service jursidiction. The area is closed to public access and signs indicate the danger of soaking in the Spring's sometimes up to 200 degree water.


These natural hot springs are located among towering firs adjacent to a secluded tributary of the Clackamas River, forty miles south east of Estacada, Oregon. The springs are accessible by trail and offer a unique recreation experience.


Bagby Update

  • Public nudity is not allowed in open areas.
  • If you park along the road, make sure you are off the fog line, you may receive a ticket for obstructing the roadway.
  • No Day-Use Fee or Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the Bagby Trailhead. However, there is a $5.00 per person soaking fee that can be paid to the attendant at the trailhead (cash only). A wristband will be given upon paying the fee that you will need to wear while soaking.
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