Spring-dominated streams in the Oregon Cascades are often characterized by nearly constant discharge, and by peak flows which occur in late summer or fall, several months after the annual snowmelt. A model is presented which can account for the temporal variations of discharge and the delay between snowmelt and the period of peak stream flow. Springs are assumed to be fed by an unconfined aquifer which is recharged by the annual snowmelt. Model results depend primarily on the effective permeability and the dimensions of the aquifer. Four spring-fed streams in the Deschutes river basin in the Oregon Cascades are studied. The effective permeability of the young (<2Ma) volcanic rocks which comprise the aquifers is inferred to be O(10^-11) m^2.