The Great Northeast Oregon Hot Springs Tour

January 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm (Uncategorized)

If you are thinking of going on a NE Oregon Hot Springs Tour this winter, please stop. You will be hard pressed to find a nice hot pool of water you can actually get at this time. But I will still highlight all of the hot springs you may be able to visit at some time in the future.

Hot Lake Springs near La Grande, Oregon is currently going under a huge remodel, and is scheduled to re-open March of 2010. We weren’t able to take a tour as we had hoped, but you might have better luck. From the sounds of it, they will soon have the soaking tubs open, a working bronze foundry, a hotel, restaurant, and spa. It’s also known as one of America’s most haunted places. The Old Hotel used to be Sanitarium. Below is a photo of me practicall getting blown away in the strong fierce winds infront of the hotel.

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Cove Warm Springs Pool. This place is really cute, quaint, and would be an excellent pool to relax and soak in, in the summer. The water comes bubbling out of the earth, and keeps the pool heated to a nice 86*F, not quite hot enough to temp on out of their winter jacket and boots that are keeping them warm in the cool winter air. We got a chance to talk with the owner, a very nice gentlenman, who the place and lives next door. A soak will cost you a few dollars, and would provide quite the nice summer evening activity. Located in the town of Cove, Oregon, 17 miles from La Grande, off I-84.

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Lehman Hot Springs would be a natural choice to stop and soak in on our way back home through the Blue Mountains. In the winter months, you would normally find a steaming hot oasis surrounded by snowcovered pines, but unfortuantely, Lehamn is temporarily closed at the moment. They are in a bit of hot water with the DEQ, and it looks like they have a battle on their hands, to read more check out their website (which is also were I found this great photo):

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Well, 3 down, 1 to go, or so we thought. I had heard good things about a hidden away hot springs near Lehman & the town of Ukiah, but when we stopped briefly to inquire on this icy January evening, we were told Hid-a-way Hot Springs was snowed in at the moment.

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Oh, and a NE Hot Spring Tour wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my favorite one of all (which is closed in the winters, but lovely in the summers) Ritter Hot Springs. 

past blog article I wrote all about ritter:


1 Comment

  1. Victor Maritnez said,

    I felt in love with this place. Is so nice and quiet. The owner is such a nice person. The water temperature is perfect. The only thing I don’t like is that the place is closed from 9 pm Friday to 9 pm Saturday. I spent hours and hours swimming and soaking. I highly recommend it.

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