Twain, California, is home to the charming Feather River Hot Springs, known initially as Woody’s Hot Springs in the picturesque Feather River Canyon by the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Booking a visit to this unique soaking area is essential, and the owner requires a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to limit the number of guests.
The sole owner and organizer, Rocki, is responsible for the entire property, so all communication must go through her via text or email. When asking about weekend soaks, she requests 48 hours’ notice.
Natural Hot Springs Pools
These rural hot springs pools are side by side in one concrete tub structure, set along the banks of the beautiful river. The smaller one fits one or two people, and the larger one fits a few more, but only a total of eight people are allowed to use them at once. Bathing suits are required during daylight hours and optional at night.
The hot water comes from the springs and is piped into a big, two-part concrete tub. There are two separate water sources, so the minerals in each part of the tub are different. While the bigger, clearer half of the tub is more visually appealing, the smaller, milky white section is more fragrant and has a unique mineral composition.
Because these are natural hot springs, nothing has been artificially altered about the environment. Both baths sit at a comfortable 99–104 ℉ and contain naturally occurring sulfur.
Using the Springs
There are three ways to access this geothermal soaking area. Reservations are always required, regardless. No drop-ins are allowed.
Day Visits – Guests can reserve a two-hour slot by text message or email with the owner. There’s a capacity limit on how many people can be there at once, and the facility is popular, so it’s unlikely to be a private soak.
Camping Stays – The owner includes soaking with the nightly price of a cabin or campsite on her lot.
Membership – Locals or frequent visitors to the area can purchase a Friends of the Feather River Hot Springs membership, which offers a discounted soaking rate. Reservations are still mandatory with this pass.
Dogs are not allowed near the thermal waters, and children can only use them during the day with supervision. The Springs has strict rules against bringing in glass containers, lighting up, or letting young babies (still in diapers) use the bathtub. Waivers must be signed before using the hot springs.
Cabins and Camping
Small, decorated cabins and campsites are available at Feather River Hot Springs. Camping trips and cabin stays are treated separately. The cottages and the immediate area are reserved for guests only. It is not allowed for campers to visit the cabin common areas or utilize the cabin’s amenities.
Please be aware that Verizon is the only dependable mobile network in the area.
When visiting Feather River Hot Springs between April 1 and November 1, you may choose from three cabins (weather permitting). Each has a different theme: Julius’ Mine Shack, Logger’s Cabin, and Lola’s Bordello. Only two individuals are allowed at a time; no kids or pets are allowed.
Each cabin has one bedroom, one bathroom, a queen-size bed, a dresser, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffee machine, an outside kitchen, and a complete set of dishes. The hot springs are free to use; however, guests are asked to sign up on the board.
There are seven tent sites and five full-hookup RV sites at Feather River Hot Springs (50 amp okay). The campgrounds are close to the scenic Feather River and the natural hot springs tubs. If the weather cooperates, the sites are open from April 1 through November 25. Only one dog per campsite is permitted, and it must be supervised at all times with a leash.
Address: 29186 Highway 70, Twain, California 95984
Phone: (text only) 925-783-2913
Season: Soaking is year-round, Camping is April to November.