About: One of the most unique, picturesque landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, Lake County, Oregon, is among the few truly unspoiled places on earth. Part of the Great Basin region of the United States, Lake County is home to numerous large alkali lakes. At the south end of one of these, Summer Lake, lies ancient artesian hot mineral springs. After a short two-hour drive from Bend, Oregon, you arrive at this magical destination.
-145 acre resort
-Ancient historical site, petroglyphs nearby
-Vast spectacular landscape
-106-118 degree natural artesian hot mineral springs
-Large indoor pool as well as several outdoor rock pools
-Ponds and nature trails
-Guest houses and cabins
-Campground and full hookup RV sites
-Only 2 hrs SE of Bend, Oregon
-Located along the National Scenic Byway known as the Oregon Outback Highway 31
Directions from Bend, Oregon (about 2 hours)
From Bend drive 32 miles south on Highway 97, through La Pine to Highway 31 (2 miles south of La Pine). Turn left (east) on Highway 31 and continue for 92 miles. Summer Lake Hot Springs is on the left side of the road at mile marker 92.
Directions from Eugene, Oregon (about 4 hours)
From Eugene drive south on Interstate 5 then east on Highway 58 across the Willamette Pass. About 2 miles past the little town of Crescent turn left on the Crescent Cut-off. When this road intersects with Highway 97 turn left (north), continue on Highway 97 for about 20 miles to Highway 31. Turn right (east) on Highway 31and continue for 92 miles. Summer Lake Hot Springs is on the left side of the road at mile marker 92.
Directions from Medford, Oregon (about 5 hours)
From Medford drive south on Interstate 5 to Ashland, then east on Highway 66 to Klamath Falls. Take Highway 140 from Klamath Falls to Lakeview. (WARNING: some GPS and online map systems may suggest a route directly from Bly to Summer Lake Hot Springs or Paisley, bypassing Lakeview. Unless you are familiar with these Forest Service roads you are strongly cautioned against using them!) From Lakeview turn north on US 395. About 25 miles north of Lakeview turn left (northwest) on Highway 31. Continue another 20 miles on Highway 31 to Paisley, then another 6 miles to Summer Lake Hot Springs, on the right at mile marker 92.
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A worthwile stop deep in Oregons Outback
This is a friendly place on the shores of Summer Lake (which is more of a playa than a lake). There are dirt RV spots, and dispersed camping. Rates are reasonable. The real jewel here is the hot spring facility. With both indoor and outdoor pools its a great place to soak and enjoy a winter dusting of snow.