The Feather River snakes through Plumas National Forest north of Tahoe and South of Shasta. The river flows through a lush rocky canyon flush with granite swimming holes and waterfalls. In the summer, the Feather is a swimmers paradise, and because it is a bit further afield than many of the well known dipping destinations like the Yuba River, it is a bit less crowded. On a recent winter camping adventure, we stopped to scope the Feather River Hot Springs and soak on the banks of the river.
A privately owned little hot springs with both sulfur and lithium pools, it is well maintained by both the caretakers and loyal soakers. The concrete hot tub is perched right on bank of the river making refreshing “cold plunges” readily available when you need a break from the 100 degree spring water. There are several rocky overflow pools which make it possible to score a tub of your own. Or you can share in the local ritual and catch the details on the best swimming holes in the area. The scenic river canyon backdrop contributes a majestic quality to this hot spring hot spot. One of the finest places to crack a cold beer and let your cares melt away!
All that is required is to call or text an hour ahead of arrival, five dollars, and a respectful attitude as you pass onto private property. It is also a fully functional RV park, cabin, and tent campground during the summer.