Tub Springs State Wayside

Near Medford, Oregon, United States

In 1846, a wagon train led by Jesse Applegate traversed southern Oregon along what became known as the Applegate Trail. Tub Springs Wayside is one of the stopping points before you head down the mountain pass into Ashland. Take a moment to stop here amid the towering fir and sense what it was like 150 years ago. Breathe in the fresh mountain air. There's an interpretive panel at the wayside describing the difficulties faced by these pioneers.


The name Tub Springs is derived from the tubs that were installed in the 1930s to provide spring water for travelers. The tubs have been renovated and are still functional today. The same springs that provided early settlers with plentiful fresh water still flow.

For current water conditions, please go to: https://yourwater.oregon.gov/namelook.php?pwsname=tub+springs

Effective Sep 18, 2020
Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 
Effective Oct 11, 2017
The tubs will be temporary closed every second Wednesday of each month for water sampling, routine service and cleaning.
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-582-1118
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Questions

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When are the tubs sanitized?

The tubs are sanitized monthly with a chlorine solution. This usually occurs on the 2nd Thursday of every month. This cleaning will not effect the water quality as it is a surface cleaning of the agates inside the tubs.

When is the Springbox sanitized?

The Springbox is sanitized annually. This normally occurs during the Spring. This cleaning does potentially effect the water quality up to 48 hours afterwards.

Where can I find water quality information?

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/HealthyEnvironments/DrinkingWater/pages/index.aspx

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

The land was purchased in 1939. This location was the scene of a major timber trespass in the early 1950s. The wayside contained large examples of old growth pine and Douglas fir, whereas the surrounding property had been logged. A crafty timber thief moved in, using an erroneous harvesting permit. Trees were cut, and logs were sent to both Klamath Falls and Medford. The high quality of logs and demands for payment prompted the receiving saw mills to make inquiries to State Parks. Investigation of the area, stumps and other details led to a charge of criminal trespass. The case was settled out of court after several pre-trial appearances of the confessed perpetrator.

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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.