Hot Springs Boating Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This site is located on East Lake in Newberry National Volcanic Monument and near East Lake Hot Springs. There is a fish cleaning station at this boating site and there is a toilet available as well.

The best access to this area is by boat. Launch from the boat ramp to East Lake Hot Springs head westward and look for outcrops of tan rock. Keep an eye out for bubbles of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) in the water. These mark the East Lake Hot Springs. Dig your fingers or toes into areas of bubbles to find the hot water. Very near here was the site of the East Lake Health Resort, which existed from 1913 to 1941.

These hot springs are not available in higher water and will be completely submerged until water levels decrease.

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass May 1 – September 30. Passes are NOT available at this site, but can be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

Acceptable passes include:

  • $5 Day Pass
  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Interagency Annual Pass
  • Interagency Senior Pass (America the Beautiful, Golden Age)
  • Interagency Access Pass
  • Interagency Military Pass
  • Every Kid in a Park Pass
  • Northwest Forest ePass

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day or valid recreation passes from May 1 through September 30 – On site payment not available or at Paulina Visitor Center.
Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment

General Information


From Bend, OR: Travel 23.5 miles south on Highway 97, then 17.3 miles east on County Road 21.

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