Hot Lake Springs
Undergoing thorough restoration and reopened in May of 2006, the Hot Lake Springs Hotel seems to be heading towards once again becoming an Oregon landmark.
Type: Resort Hot Spring
Hours: The property is reopening its services inline with restoration efforts. Call 541.963.4685 for more information.
Driving Instructions: 270 miles from Portland, Hot Lake Springs is just outside of La Grande on Highway 30 / 203 the La Grande-Baker Hwy. You can choose to exit Highway 84 from either side of La Grande, the distance being about 7 miles when driving through La Grande versus 4 miles when exiting 84 on the other side. Once on the La Grande-Baker Highway head directly to Hot Lake Springs, just off the road. Look for the signs and the large steaming lake.
Hot Lake Springs Map
Comments: A happy story in the recent hot spring history of Oregon, the decrepit structures that once surrounded Hot Lake Springs were purchased and set in motion to receive a complete restoration. In May of 2006, buildings were re-opened to the public and a destination nearing its 200th birthday was set to receive visitors once again.
You can read both the history and the massive restoration process that is taking place at the Hot Lake Springs Website. Accomplished photographer Randy Craig has also taken photos of this property and a link to those pictures is below.
All told, the Hot Lake Springs are well on their way to becoming a premier destination for historians, hot springs seekers, and art lovers the world over.
Photos below copyright Randy Craig Publishing. (Links to his Flickr photo set)
Aerial view of Hot Lake Springs. (Links to interactive Google Map)