Landslide closes hot springs pool

MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. - A landslide closed one of the pools at a popular hot springs in the Cascade mountains in April.

Now public land managers are trying to decide what to do about the situation at Terwilliger Hot Springs, also known as Cougar Hot Springs.

A large rock fell in the top pool on April 29, nearly hitting a visitor, according to the McKenzie River Ranger District of the USDA Forest Service.

The Forest Service closed the pool due to the danger from additional debris. Three pools remain open at the springs.

"We will be looking into solutions to stabilize the site but first, we want to hear from the public on what aspects of the springs they most value so we can do our best to protect those values, while ensuring visitor safety," said Duane Bishop, acting McKenzie River district ranger. "We also want to convey the safety situation. The area is dangerous and the closure is to protect visitors from getting hurt."

The springs have been a popular destination for decades. In recent years, the site has been staffed to maintain conditions and reduce crime. A day-use fee of $6 is charged to access the springs.