Near Preston, Idaho
Oneida Narrows Reservoir, Maple Grove Hot Springs
$8 per adult, $6 per child
10 A.M.-10 P.M. Daily
Maple Grove is really a very cool place. As far as Hot Springs go these are probably my favorite to visit because of the beautiful setting. They are on the shore of Oneida Narrows Reservoir near Preston, Idaho. To get there you take a dirt road that is suitable for passenger cars. The road follows a small canyon along the Bear River and the reservoir. The reservoir itself is very beautiful.
If you go here in the winter it is one of the few places you can see trumpeter swans which are the biggest birds in North America. It is very cool to be soaking and seeing and hearing these birds fly right over your head.
This is also cool because it is the only area I know of that you can boat or jet ski right to the hot springs. This is something I plan on doing this summer. Other activities in the area are, fishing, tubing, OHV riding, and boating. The hot springs do have a campground with several spots as well as two yurts. In summer these all get filled very fast so reserving ahead of time would be good.
Just outside the lobby area is a huge pool that are the hot springs themselves. The water is then pumped into the soaking pools.
The springs have four pools ranging from 100-107 degrees. I like this so everyone can find something comfy for them. The pools are generally clean and don’t smell bad like other springs. The changing rooms are also among the cleanest I have seen at these kinds of things.
These are my favorite overall hot springs. I love to visit here in winter and its a great place to relax and watch the stars. It is alcohol free so it is also a good place to bring the kids and would be a fun place to camp in the summer.