Snively Hot Springs in Oregon Revisited

One of the first things I noticed upon arrival at the site marked clearly by the BLM sign as "Snively Hot Springs Recreation Area" was that trash levels were down from my last visit. That's always a great start to a soak.

Unique Pool Wall Design

Despite all of the anglers and duck hunters in the area I was able to get reacquainted with Snively all by myself. The pool has been re-designed; the rock walls have been replaced by a plastic tube tarp that forms the wall of the pool. The tube is fed with hot water from the source outflow - forming a barrier of heat against the cold river water while still allowing for the majority of the outflow to continuously feed the pool.

Perfect Soaking Temperatures

It's really a great design idea, however, the only problem is that the plastic tube is torn pretty bad in some places. The good news is that Snively is a great soak for about 2 to 4 people. The plastic tube wall is intact on the side of the pool where the hot source water flows in; creating a nice hot, but shallow soak.
Rating: B-


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