Mile Marker 28 Spring, Portland, Oregon

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fountain & faucet, seems well kept

Nearest Address

Portland, Oregon, 97219

Directions from Nearest Address

From Portland, 42 miles west on Hwy 26 towards the coast, near mile marker 28. Blue signs saying, “Drinking Water”. Fountains and faucets on both sides of the road within hundreds of feet of one another. If coming from Portland, first of two sources will be located on the right side of the road. First of two sources on the right if you are coming from the coast as well. I read a chat mentioning that the water was tested and it was some of the best they have seen. I have yet to test it my self so don’t take my word for it. As soon as I can afford the equipment I will test and update the entry. My personal body test, tells me it tastes and feels great.

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 50
  • Temp: 8.5ºC, 46.8ºF
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:



45º47’18″N, 123º26’46″W

Map Link: Mile Marker 28 Spring

Submitted by: Dirk Minton, Brian Van Peski


    1. No, we drink it straight and have been doing so for at least five months, with never a problem. It’s the best water you’ll find.

  1. Sorry about the squished up tables in that report – it all looked okay, until I hit the button to post. Basically, the water meets USEPA standards and tested negative for pesticides/PCB’s. Volatile Organic Compounds were positive only for Methylene Chloride at 2.55ppb (MCL is 3) and Hexane at 2.69ppb (no MCL given).

    Again, I am sorry the report itself is so difficult to read on the previous post.

    1. First Off, thanks for the water report Anne Marie.
      A real quick google search makes me wonder if the Methylene Chloride levels are due to plastic pipe being used within the spout as one of its uses appears to be joining plastic pipes? Any thoughts? As for the Hexane, I would guess its source is probably because the spring is so close to the road that the gas fumes are contaminating the spring?

      1. When I looked up Methylene Chloride after the report showed its presence in the water I found “Most of the methylene chloride released to the environment results from its use as an end product by various industries and the use of aerosol products and paint removers in the home.” I don’t know how that could occur in that area, but I collected the specimen straight from the tap (as opposed to putting it into a plastic bottle and bringing it home to test).

        Your theory on the Hexane is what I guessed, as well… but I found this “If hexane is spilled into a lake or river, a very small portion will dissolve in the water, but most will float on the surface. The hexane will then evaporate into the air. The hexane dissolved in the water can be broken down by certain types of bacteria, although it is not known how long this takes.”

  2. We bought a full report on the water quality at this spring – tested at a reputable lab. I hope the tables align okay, after my cut and paste… Results are as follows (MCL is Maximum Contaminant Level as designated by USEPA):

    Parameter MCL(mg/L) Result(mg/L)

    Total Coliform Bacteria <1/100ml (absent) 0/100ml (absent)
    E. Coli Bacteria <1/100ml (absent) 0/100ml (absent)
    Iron 0.30 <0.03
    Manganese 0.05 <0.01
    Lead 0.010 <0.001
    Mercury 0.002 <0.0002
    Sodium 50.0 4.60
    Arsenic 0.010 = greater than < = less than
    mg/L = ppm (parts per million)


    All parameters tested meet the requirements established by the USEPA for potable water.

    Note: Actual pH measurement may be slightly lower or higher than result reported
    due to transit time of sample

    Note: Report is intended to be used for informational purposes only and should not
    be used for regulatory and/or legal purposes.

    Report Date: November 15, 2010

    Analysis: Pesticides/PCB’s

    Parameter/Method EPA 505 MDL (ug/L) Result (ug/L)
    PCB 1262 0.190 nd
    PCB 1260 0.160 nd
    PCB 1254 0.110 nd
    PCB 1248 0.089 nd
    PCB 1242 0.140 nd
    PCB 1232 0.170 nd
    PCB 1221 0.790 nd
    PCB 1061 0.050 nd
    a-BHC 0.001 nd
    b-BHC 0.001 nd
    g-BHC 0.001 nd
    alachlor 0.160 nd
    aldrin 0.002 nd
    atrazine 0.260 nd
    dieldrin 0.008 nd
    endrin 0.027 nd
    heptachlor 0.001 nd
    heptachlor epox 0.002 nd
    hexachlorobenzene 0.001 nd
    hexachlorocyclopentadiene 0.006 nd
    lindane 0.001 nd
    methoxychlor 0.310 nd
    simazine 0.870 nd
    c-nonachlor 0.009 nd
    t-nonachlor 0.007 nd
    DDD 0.210 nd
    DDT 0.170 nd
    DDE 0.130 nd
    endosulfan I 0.180 nd
    endosulfan II 0.210 nd
    endrinaldehyde 0.170 nd
    endosulfan sulfate 0.260 nd
    chlordane 0.100 nd
    toxaphene 0.780 nd
    MCL = Maximum Contaminant Level MDL = Minimum Detection Level
    nd = none detected ug/L = ppb (parts per billion) * – Closest Match

    Report Date: November 15, 2010

    Analysis: Volatile Organic Compounds

    Parameter/Method MCL MDL Result
    VOC/EPA 524.2 (ug/L) (ug/L) (ug/L)
    Acetone 0.500 nd
    Acrylontrile 0.500 nd
    Allyl Chloride 0.500 nd
    2-Butanone 0.500 nd
    Carbon Disulfide 0.500 nd
    Chloroacetontrile 0.500 nd
    Trans-1,2-Dichloroethene 0.500 nd
    1,1-Dichloropropanone 0.500 nd
    Diethylether 0.500 nd
    Ethyl Methacrylate 0.500 nd
    Hexachloroethane 0.500 nd
    2-Hexanone 0.500 nd
    Methacrylonitrile 0.500 nd
    Methylacrylate 0.500 nd
    Methyliodide 0.500 nd
    Methylmethacrylate 0.500 nd
    4-Methyl-2-Pentanone 0.500 nd
    Nitrobenzene 0.500 nd
    2-Nitropropane 0.500 nd
    Pentachloroethane 0.500 nd
    Propionitrile 0.500 nd
    1-Chlorobutane 0.500 nd
    Dichloroflouromethane 0.500 nd
    Chloromethane 0.500 nd
    Vinyl Chloride 2 0.500 nd
    Bromomethane 0.500 nd
    Chloroethane 0.500 nd
    Trichlorofluoromethane 0.500 nd

    Page 3-1

    Parameter/Method MCL MDL Result
    VOC/EPA 524.2 (ug/L) (ug/L) (ug/L)

    1,1 Dichloroethene 2 0.500 nd
    Methylene Chloride 3 0.500 2.55ppb
    trans-1,2-Dichloroethene 100 0.500 nd
    1,1 Dichloroethane 50 0.500 nd
    2,2 Dichloropropane 0.500 nd
    cis-1,2 Dichloroethene 70 0.500 nd
    Chloroform 0.500 nd
    Bromochloromethane 0.500 nd
    1,1,1 Trichloroethane 30 0.500 nd
    1,1 Dichloropropene 0.500 nd
    Carbon Tetrachloride 2 0.500 nd
    Benzene 1 0.500 nd
    1,2 Dichloroethane 2 0.500 nd
    Trichloroethene 1 0.500 nd
    1,2 Dichloropropane 5 0.500 nd
    Bromodichloromethane 0.500 nd
    Dibromomethane 0.500 nd
    cis-1,3 Dichloropropene 0.500 nd
    Toluene 1000 0.500 nd
    trans-1,3 Dichloropropene 0.500 nd
    1,1,2 Trichloroethane 3 0.500 nd
    Tetrachloroethene 1 0.500 nd
    1,3 Dichloropropane 0.500 nd
    Dibromochloromethane 0.500 nd
    1,2 Dibromomethane 0.500 nd
    Chlorobenzene 50 0.500 nd
    Ethylbenzene 700 0.500 nd
    1,1,1,2 Tetrachloroethane 1 0.500 nd
    m,p-Xylene 0.500 nd
    o-Xylene 0.500 nd
    Styrene 100 0.500 nd
    Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) 70 0.500 nd
    Isopropylbenzene 0.500 nd
    Bromoform 0.500 nd
    1,1,2,2 Tetrachloroethane 1 0.500 nd
    1,2,3 Trichloropropane 0.500 nd
    n-Propylbenzene 0.500 nd
    Bromobenzene 0.500 nd
    1,3,5 Trimethylbenzene 0.500 nd
    Page 3-2

    Parameter/Method MCL MDL Result
    VOC/EPA 524.2 (ug/L) (ug/L) (ug/L)

    Chlorotoluene-2 0.500 nd
    Chlorotoluene-4 0.500 nd
    tert-Butylbenzene 0.500 nd
    1,2,4 Trimethylbenzene 0.500 nd
    sec-Butylbenzene 0.500 nd
    p-Isopropyltoluene 0.500 nd
    1,3 Dichlorobenzene 600 0.500 nd
    1,4 Dichlorobenzene 75 0.500 nd
    n-Butylbenzene 0.500 nd
    1,2 Dichlorobenzene 600 0.500 nd
    1,2 Dibromo-3-Chloropropane 0.500 nd
    1,2,4 Trichlorobenzene 9 0.500 nd
    Hexachlorobutadione 0.500 nd
    Naphthalene 300 0.500 nd
    Hexane 0.500 2.69ppb
    1,2,3 Trichlorobenzene 0.500 nd
    Total Xylenes 1000 0.500 nd
    MCL = Maximum Contaminant Level MDL = Minimum Detection Level
    nd = none detected ug/L = ppb (parts per billion) ** = Exceeds USEPA limits

  3. Now July 6th. We have made about 3 trips to collect water. Still great and we built up a large supply of glass jugs, car boys, wine bottles, etc. Bought a Berkey thinking we could save a little time/gas driving to get water but although the Berkey water is good and makes a huge difference (especially since we are using the fluoride filters, Bad Washington) we have decided that the trip is worth it and we will only use the Berkey as backup between trips.

  4. Went to the spring today 5/16/2010 for the first time. Water tasted different from the tap but I soon got used to it. My wife and I drank it all day long as we spent the day at the beach. We picked up about 15 gallons to take home with us and plan on enjoying the fresh water for the next few weeks and hope to go back for more when we run out. The eastern faucet did not have a handle so I suggest anyone going to bring a leatherman tool or regular wrench just in case someone tightens down the faucet too much. Very easy to find and you will see the blue “Drinking Water” sign just past the 30 mile marker sign and the springs are closer to the 29 mile marker. So far so good, I will post again if my opinion changes about the water but for now I say it is great!

  5. I fill 4 5 gallon jugs every 3 weeks at this spring. Have been doing this for over 3 years now. This is the BEST spring water I have tasted. It makes the best Tea and coffee and I cook w/ it exclusively.

      1. Gloria,
        I store three carboys full of water for a few weeks at a time.  I think there are two main concerns.  The first is that you want to try to keep it as cool as possible.  Not always easy in the summer, but doesn’t have to be refrigerated or anything.  The second is sunlight.  If there were anything in there that could grow, it would need a little heat and sunlight to do so.  So keep it cool and shaded, and you should be fine for a while.  If you keep it for long periods of time, just give it a quick sniff test and that should tell you what you need to know…

    1. Hi Cindy,

      If the Spout is vandalized, cannot you use the water flowing out of the white pipe located to the right? That water is the same water coming out of the spout correct?

    2. Storing water for 3 weeks is no problem as long as you do it properly. Keep it away from light, and heat. Just store it in a 5 gallon jug and put it in the closet in an air conditioned house.

  6. TDS and temperature meter is the only testing equipment I have and the results are reflected above. I unfortunately don't have the means to do pH testing.

  7. On the east spring faucet you can see the spring head about 15 yards from the spigot. I have not found the spring from the western faucet, but it may be piped from the same source. Since the eastern faucet is closer to the source (and uphill side of the highway), this is the one I choose to fill from. If coming from Portland, the spring is 11 miles from the nearby tunnel and 6 miles from the Washington county line.

  8. Been to this spring a couple of times in the past few weeks. It is absolutely Delicious!! I generally fill about 12 regular green wine bottles and four Magnum green wine bottles and that lasts us for the week. I'm going to find a glass car boy soon so I won't have to come back on a weekly basis, but it's a pretty drive and definitely worth it!

  9. I LOVE this spring, and a dear friend of mine depends on it for his life, visiting it weekly. He also maintains it, as it seems that vandals often destroy the outlet pipes. Recently he met with one of the highway managers who seemed very unhappy about the use of the springs, including the regular vandalization of the pipes. He gave the impression that the springs were in danger of being shut down. As my friend doesn’t use these interwebs much, he asked me to post to let folks know of this tragic possibility, and to raise awareness to ensure the longevity of the springs. I’m not sure where else to flag this, but this website seemed like a good first step. I welcome other input.

    1. We are so lucky to have this resource available to us.
      If this disgusting vandalism continues, lets put some trail-cams in the trees and catch these criminals.

    2. Please thank your friend for his maintainence of such a wonderful resource. I sincerely hope that no governing body is foolish enough to shut this spring down. The water would just go down the drain in that case.

      1. During the Winter months, please leave the faucets running to prevent freezing. The water is NOT BEING WASTED when you leave the faucets running!!!

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  11. Visited this spring today for the first time. Wonderfully tasting, clean, clear water. It is easy to access, right off Hwy 26, and well marked by blue road signs. It is about a mile before the rest area when heading from Portland west towards the coast.

  12. Just collected some today. Had really nice faucets and looked well kept. Water tasted awesome. I will definitely be back.

  13. This spring is flowing nicely. It takes about a minute and a half to fill a 6 gallon jug from the spout on the north side. Dress warm, it’s cold up there. If you are heading west on hwy 26, it’s about a 35 minute drive from the new Hillsboro golf driving range. On the other side of hwy 26 from the range, (the north side) is a home-brewing supply store which sells these jugs, how convenient is that? I’m not used to wild spring water and the only way I can explain the taste is it has a very light perfume flavor. It’s pretty good, I drank about 3 or 4 cups worth on the way home. No problems, so that taste is probably normal. Time and date at this location; 5:30 pm, 12/20/2016

  14. Very excited to head to this Spring this weekend!! Went to the one in Wilsonville last weekend but it was dried up. Hopefully this Spring is still golden!!

  15. I must have driven by this place dozens of times. Never took the time before last weekend. I’m glad I did. The water tastes great. I tested the PH already and its definitely 7.0+ on the Alkaline side. Will be getting a basic particle tester and compare it to Portland tap water for fun. Going to drive from Portland and fill up a few carboys every week or so.

  16. I’ve been getting water here for several months now & so glad to find some information about it! I’m wondering if anyone has had it tested for Lithium content. I know Lithia Springs in Ashland has Lithium in their water as well as Bagby hotsprings. I was hoping to find a closer source to where I live.

  17. I have been enjoying this water for many years but I know no history of it. Does anyone know the history of the fountains? When were they opened? Who founded them? Do they have a name?  

    1. They were made during the great depression era by the civilian conservation corps, the group organized by president Roosevelt who also happened to build Timberline lodge. They simply tapped into the already existing spring running through a clay deposit and made the two fountains.

  18. All is needs now is a urinal and it would be a perfect rest stop.  I wonder if there are any REAL water sources in the mountains away from traffic???

  19. Moved up to this area from northern CA and was worried I wouldn’t have good raw water within a fairly easy distance.  Glad I found this site and this spring is great.  Easy access, quick flowing and the water tastes great.

  20. I’m a native Oregonian who has lived in Washington County for over 60 years and stopped at the springs for the very first time on 10-14-2018, while heading to Cannon Beach. The westbound side was flowing freely without any kind of a valve, just a straight pipe. WOW…this water is amazing!

  21. Was at Sunset Springs mid-week – filled everything I could carry in the back of my vehicle. Spent a few days at the coast, filled things again on my way back. This is delicious water, well worth the trip. Need to invest in 3 or 4 BPH-free jugs. I’d love to have glass, but the weight factor is not in my favor (old lady, tempermental back:)

  22. My Wife and I have lived in Seaside for about 14 years, and go to Portland or inland quite a number of time each year .. and Every Time we do so, we stop on the way home (day or night) and fill up as many containers as we have. (I have 3 7 gallon jugs and a LOT of 1 gallon containers)
    This last week we filled up the 3 7gal jugs and about 40 1 gallon containers.
    We have seen the spigot(s) in various states of damage, but have always been able to manage (sometimes entailing on the spot repairs or juryrigging)
    Check It Out, folks – It is a Great resource 🙂

  23. My husband and I have been collecting water from Sunset Springs (mile post 28) for years. It is routinely monitored by Clatsop County (yearly test results available). According to one member of the inspection team, it’s the purest water in the State. Still, I’m glad to see Anne Marie’s results! [Thank you!] Sadly, the faucets are frequently vandalized or missing entirely. My husband has replaced it at least 3 times and we’ve talked with others who have done the same. Now, we carry a spare (and wrench) just to be prepared.

    1. Thank you SO much for repairing the spring.  I have gone up there and found it vandalized (faucet broke off or knob missing while in the off position).
      It just amazes me why people do this.. yah yah I know… vandalism is senseless, but after traveling quite a way to get the water to find that I’m unable to, is really upsetting to me and others.
      Again, Thank you for helping others enjoy this wonderful and energizing water!

    2. I am planning to head up to this spring in a few hours and just noticed your comment. I am coming from McMinnville and I am bringing my seven-year-old grandson.  We don’t want to be disappointed if the faucet is vandalized, removed or whatever. I want to bring my own.  Do you remember the size? 1/2″? 3/4″? Not sure whether you get this in time, but thought I’d try!

      1. I have gone about 6 times this year, and each time the tap KNOB was broken off, but the water was coming out, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

        Also, there are two faucets (one for each side of the road), so if one doesn’t work, go to the other one. I wouldn’t worry about it, but if you’re concerned about it, take a vice grip just in case. You likely won’t need it though.

  24. As of this date, the water is still tasting great. Check out the water report left in these comments for great info, that was so nice for someone to test this water.

    Once again, someone broke of the little spigot someone had generously installed, but the water still flows freely and it is easy to fill your bottles. This source is a treasure because with destinations that you have to hike into – obviously it is difficult to take 3 gallon glass carboys and get signficant amount of water. Portlanders who read this – take action today. Nestle is posturing for control of Bull Run water. We will get the Willamette (super fund site) in return. We own this planet, stop the exploitation.

  25. Thanks so much for everyones feedback about this spring! I just moved from Cleveland where we had a super luxurious nature-made spring at a country club and am still hoping to find good water here in Oregon. Has anyone gone recently? I’ll be heading out there tomorrow without any expectations.


  26. With basically everything now monitized, this spring truly is a treasure. I grew up at the coast and have known about and used this spring throughout my entire life.

    Just got to thinking about it again, as we live in Pdx and want some amazing fresh spring water. Headed there tomorrow to fill up. I will write a follow-up post if there is anything recent worth noting.

    Love & light all.


    This water fuels my families lives and the same for many other. It is the only way we can get un-adulterated water to thrive off of.

    If you close the taps, water stops flowing, and bacteria and algae can grow in this stagnant water, contaminating the pipes. PLEASE always leave the taps open to allow the water to flow freely. It’s not tap water, it will flow just the same elsewhere if you close the tap and then the end result will be less pure when we do turn it on again. FLOWING water is HEALING water.

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