Kings Valley Hwy Spring, Monmouth, OR

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Between Mile post 15 & 16 on Kings Valley Hwy.
Monmouth, OR 97361
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Description

Year round flow on the side of the road via PVC pipe embedded into the side of the hill. Many locals stop daily for a fill up. The water is cold and instantly chills my glass jugs.

Nearest Address

Between Mile post 15 & 16 on Kings Valley Hwy.

Directions from Nearest Address

Large unmarked gravel pull-out on side of the road.

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 38
  • Temp: 50° F
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

24/7/365

GPS: N/A

Submitted by: Jenny Dowen

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  1. linder says:

    Thank you for the information on the Kings Valley spring.
    I have been unable to find anything on the internet regarding any testing for contaminants on this spring, such as agricultural, fecal, or toxic mineral contaminants.
    Can anyone advise?

  2. John says:

    I just went to this spring today, nice drive from Eugene, and I’ve gathered some info about it.

    TDS: 38
    Temperature: 50 degrees

    The area is pretty rural and the spring, although it’s right next to the road, doesn’t seem to
    exposed until it comes out of the side of the hill. I climbed up the hill some (wouldn’t advise that) and the spring appears to be underground. Tastes good and silky 🙂

    If your heading north than start looking for the large gravel pullout a half mile after the sharp corner coming out of Pedee. The pullout is on the right and go to the end and the spring is on the left. You have to cross the highway to fill up.

  3. Heartburn says:

    Just went today (May 18th, 2011)

    Filled a bunch of glass jars with beautiful clear water, tastes amazing.

    The map link above does not take you to the spring, it puts you back/forward about 4 miles on milepost 18, you want to be between milepost 15 and 16. And the gravel area is very large, the spring is across the hwy directly across from the “Adopt-A-Road” sign.

    Can we add more pictures to this post? 

  4. Thirtyforchange says:

    Incredible water. And yes, the directions are not totally accurate

  5. brian bender says:

    delicious water and easy access.  thanks for the TDS reading, John.

  6. Trickster says:

    This is a great spring! Very easy to find if you stop following google directions at Kings Hwy. The water is awesome and it’s an easy fill.

  7. Anonymous says:

    PVC is made of Dioxin.  The most poisonous chemical on the earth.  Also, the epoxy and joint bond used is toxic.

    • JWJones says:

      There is actually no joint, and therefore no epoxy used on the PVC pipe. The pipe is just a short length, and set up to a stone “spout,” and the water is basically just channeled through the PVC to make it convenient to fill bottles. The pipe could just as easily be removed. I doubt that it’s really leaching any toxic compounds.

  8. Debra says:

    Does anyone know what the pH of this water is?

  9. Drove up from Pleasant Hill to fill 5 5-gallon water jugs. Stopped at a produce stand a couple of miles north of the spring, and the woman there said the water has tested positive for nitrates (animal feces), and recommended adding a few drops of FOOD GRADE hydrogen peroxide.

  10. Stopped by this spring on my way down to hike Mary’s Peak. Filled up my backpack bladder and two 5 gallon jugs. I’m curious, is this water bacteria/virus free or would it be advised to run it through a filter before drinking?

  11. Joseph Hill says:

    Went to this spring on Sat. March 22nd, 2014 and tested with the following results:

    TDS = 32ppm
    pH = 6.6
    Bacteria Test = Negative
    Lead Test = Negative
    Pesticide Test (2 most common atrazine & simazine) = Negative
    Nitrate / Nitrite = approx. 0.5 – 1.0 ppm
    Nitrite = 0 / Negative
    pH reagent pad test = failed
    Hardness = approx. 0-10ppm
    Chlorine = 0 / Negative

    Conclusions: This spring is coming off the side of a hillside with a pH slightly acidic likely due to acid rain which affects nearly all superficial affected drinking water sources. It DID test positive for nitrates but far below the EPA level of 10ppm.

  12. Joseph Hill says:

    According to the water maestro pH 6.6 / TDS 32PPM = acid rain… remove the TDS and the pH will be 5.5 or lower!

  13. Angela says:

    GPS coordinates
    44.777438, -123.416157

    The marker for this map needs to be updated. It’s between Hannum Rd and Fir Grove Rd (small roads) or, if you’d rather, Airlie Rd and Maple Grove Rd (larger roads).

  14. Joseph Hill says:

    FRIDAY, DEC. 4TH, 2015

    For the first time in almost 2 years the water had a slightly cloudy appearance today, as opposed to the typically crystal clear appearance.

    To the folks waiting on this testing report, know that of the 4 stores I went to all were out of the full testing kits. I did pick up a kit that did not have pesticide nor bacteria tests. However it tested what appeared to be negative for Iron which removes concern for Iron related bacteria. If you let the water settle and the stuff on the bottom has a fuzzy appearance it has Iron related bacteria. If stuff settles and appears as particulates there’s no Iron related bacteria. So far I’ve seen no sediment at all, but it’s only been a few hours and the tests were conducted soon after the ride so if there’s sediment later I’ll come back and post on it. Other than that you’re on your own until the next round as I’ll be ordering a better test kit for next time. Below are the results of the simple tests I was able to do:

    TDS = 40ppm
    pH = 6.7
    Bacteria Test = Not done
    Lead Test = Not done
    Pesticide Test = Not done
    Nitrate / Nitrite = approx. 0.0 0.1
    Nitrite = 0 / Negative
    Hardness = approx. 0-10ppm
    Chlorine = 0 / Negative
    Copper = 0.5ppm
    Iron = 0.0 – 0.1ppm

    • Jill Nightingale says:

      Joeseph, I have been getting my water here for 5 yrs I go every 10-15 days and fill about 20 glass gl jugs and more…the water gets cloudy during and after it rains …I have never detected it cloudy only after a rain,and that is to be expected…so maybe this is what happened to you. And also strong wind can stir things up…never go after a strong
      rain, wait for 3-4 days to be sure it will be clear again.

    • Anna says:

      Hi Joseph,
      Thank You for sharing the test results on this spring!
      I wonder if you have tested this water anytime within more recent years? 🙂

  15. Susan says:

    Thank you Joseph do you feel safe drinking the water or do you recommend treating it first with something ?

  16. Michael Rodgers says:

    I went and filled 2 five gallon glass jugs today 1/22/16. The water can only be described as amazing. It was cold, clear and as someone else described it silky. I will have it tested next time I go out in a couple weeks.

  17. Tirzah says:

    @ Joseph. Hello and thank you for your extensive testing on this source. I have been reading the comments here, and also am looking for a new spingwater source for me as I used to live near Seattle and get my spring water in Alderwwod.
    Im curious what your reports showed on the last testing you performed. Why was it cloudy? Did it settle? I did notice that at the spring in Alderwood one time, but it settled into just the particulate that you described above. From what Ive read I would like to make a trip to get my stock of containers filled up.
    Do you have any comments or suggestions on other high quality or tested or just great tasting spring water sources that you may have tried in Oregon? Thanks

  18. Techie says:

    I am new to the area and have just found this site. I am wondering if I can reuse plastic water bottles or if I have to use glass bottles. I know about things leaching from plastic but I don’t have glass bottles. Plan to purchase some but not there yet. Just curious.

    • Renee Daphne Kimball says:

      #2 plastic (like the ones you buy in stores) is fine for use to maybe 5 times??? before I’d worry about bacteria – especially if you wash them out with a bottle brush and soap (rinse VERY well of course). Bacteria is the bigger problem with plastic water bottles (and even glass actually, so wash those thoroughly each time you refill also). The problems with the plastic leaching occur most with heat, acid and oils/fats but I wouldn’t use #3 (PVC) bottles. A few drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide fixes most bacteria storage problems if the water is kept in large containers for long periods (several weeks, especially summer). 2-5 gallon BPA free plastic water carriers are available but only get the ones you can get you HAND into to clean them.

      • Sharon Werdebaugh says:

        Renee, what site can I go to for information on how much food grade hydrogen peroxide to put in my 1 gal. containers? You mentioned a few drops in large containers. So maybe 1 drop in a 1 gallon container? I’m having trouble finding info online.

  19. Techie says:

    Just returned from my first trip to the spring. WOW is that water tasty!!!! Very easy to find!

  20. aust says:

    Drinking this water for over two years straight and nothing else after finding the spring. cold clear and sediment always finds its way to the bottom! fill up plastic jugs that are BPA free, or glass is best. Family, friends and loved ones all love this water and drink it with no problem! screw city water!

  21. JOSEPH HILL says:

    >Attn: JILL NIGHTINGALE

    Just now saw your reply. It rains here for nearly 6 months straight and that was the first and only time I’ve seen it cloudy, but thank you for taking the time to reply and elaborate.

    I’ve been numerous times since and typically fill up about a month’s supply (approx. 60 gallons per visit). It’s always cold and fresh coming straight out of the mountainside. The water ph never changes when stored in glass. If it’s stored in plastic it leeches just enough plastic to balance out to 7.0 and the TDS goes up, so any new readers be sure to use glass containers.

  22. KAREEM J HADEE says:

    The location showing up on Google maps is False. Take King’s Valley Hwy north Past what I believe is Pedee Jeans on Google maps. You can use Pedee Jeans as a reference point. The spring is between milepost 16 & 15.

    If you coming from the north heading SOUTH:
    The spring is on the right side of the road just before the 55 MPH speed limit sign. On the left, you will see a gravel road

    If you are coming from the South heading NORTH:
    It’s harder to spot the spring. You will see the large gravel parking lot to the right. Park north where the gravel lot narrows and the spring will be to your left and you will see a “Adopt a highway” or similar sign further north.

    The spring itself is simply a small PVC pipe with a little crate on the ground for you to fill up large water jugs. The water runs very fast, and it take little time to fill up a 6 gallon jug. I would have provided pictures, but it was late in the evening by the time I arrived.

  23. Jamie says:

    I had water from this fill spot professionally tested.

    Hardness 2 GPG
    PH 6.8
    TDS (total dissolved solids) 80
    Salinity 40
    NO pestisitdes or Herbasides or anything of the sort
    NO iron
    NO silver
    No manganese
    NO chlorine
    No ammonia
    NO tannins
    NO arsnic
    NO nitrates

    Flouride and Bacteria were not tested.

    This is EXCELLENT water.

  24. Jen says:

    Stopped by today after a few hours working in the sun and WOW did that water taste amazing! Saw a giant banana slug in the moss left of the spring, the tiny little micro-biome there in the side of the hill is interesting. I didn’t have my camera so I took a photo with my tablet, but it’s not very sharp. Not sure where to upload it.

  25. Max says:

    Nice drive out from Salem along the eastern foothills of the Coastal Range. Easy to miss. Straight across from the “Adopt a Highway Program” sign.
    Lat 44 46 761 Lon 123 24 902

  26. Sharon Werdebaugh says:

    Does anyone know how many drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide to put in my gallon jugs with the spring water? Tried to find info online and was unsuccessful.

  27. Adam Duran says:

    Lived in the area for about 20 years and just found the spring this week. The water tastes okay, and is cool and clear. This spring water doesn’t taste as good as the sring water on HWY 26 heading to the coast, but it still good.

  28. Sergio says:

    Spring is seen from the road and is clean. Water is nice, fresh tasting great.

  29. Mel says:

    I visited the spring for the first time today. I saw four other people there while I was there. Google Maps took me right to it. The water is cold and silky. I taste tested it side by side with my home tap water and home filtered tap water. Both of my home waters had a bitter after taste when compared with the spring water.

  30. Skott says:

    Just. Love this cold clean water

  31. Andrew says:

    Has anyone tested this lately, or is that necessary to test on consistent basis. Also I’ve been finding small Flat worm and round with looking things(2 to be exact) is that an indicator of smaller microscopic protozoa on the water or is the constant flow non conducive to those inhabitants. Maybe a fluke?

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