Other Recreational Facilities
- Lake Cushman
Lake Cushman is a 4,010-acre reservoir located on the southwestern border of Olympic National Park. The lake has kokanee, cutthroat trout and some land-locked Chinook salmon, making it a popular destination for anglers. Recreation facilities include:
- Big Creek Campground in the Olympic National Forest along Highway 119. It is operated by the U.S. Forest Service.
- Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman, formerly known as Camp Cushman, is accessed from Highway 119. Though the Skokomish Tribal Nation owns the park, the boat launch is maintained by Tacoma Power. The launch is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
- Staircase Campground in Olympic National Park has 47 campsites, trails and an interpretive center. It is located about 3 miles upstream from Lake Cushman via Staircase Road.
- An additional 6 day-use recreation sites are provided along Staircase Road near the northern end of Lake Cushman.
- Lake Kokanee
Lake Kokanee drawdown Jan. 22-24 postponed; new date TBD
Tacoma Power will lower Lake Kokanee in January in order to perform maintenance on Cushman Dam No. 2. The shoreline will be closed during the drawdown, including the public boat launch and private park. The exposed lakebed will be off-limits for safety reasons. Unless there are unanticipated delays, the lake will be refilled each time within a few days after the maintenance is complete. Questions? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located a few miles downstream from Lake Cushman is the 150-acre Lake Kokanee. Considered prime fishing territory for catching kokanee and rainbow trout, there is a public boat launch at the south end of the lake near the dam.
To get to the boat launch at Lake Kokanee, take Highway 119 from Hoodsport. Drive about 2.5 miles and turn left onto Potlatch-Cushman Road. Turn right onto Lower Lake Road; the boat launch is located at the bottom of the hill. Parking is available at the launch and across the street.
All internal combustion-powered motorboats on Lake Kokanee are restricted to 7.5-horsepower engines maximum. No personal watercraft are allowed.
- Skokomish Park at Potlatch
Formerly known as Saltwater Park, Skokomish Park at Potlatch is located on Hood Canal on Highway 101 across from Cushman Powerhouse No. 2. Though owned by the Skokomish Tribal Nation, Tacoma Power maintains the boat launch for year-round public use. The park features:
- Boat launch with three lanes
- Picnic tables and fire pits
- Ike Kinswa State Park
Located on the shoreline of Mayfield Lake, Ike Kinswa State Park offers a boat launch, campground and day-use facility. There are also two privately run facilities nearby: Harmony Lakeside RV Park and Lake Mayfield Resort and Marina.
- Wynoochee Lake Recreation
Wynoochee Lake is the 1,140-acre reservoir behind Wynoochee Dam. It offers a variety of recreational opportunities including:
- Picnicking and swimming along the west bank of the lake near the project administration building.
- Hiking and mountain biking along the 12-mile-long Wynoochee Lake Shore Trail. The trail includes the educational Working Forest Nature Trail beginning at Loop B at Coho Campground.
- Campsites at Coho Campground, next to Wynoochee Lake, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground is operated by the U.S. Forest Service and offers 46 sites for tents and trailers, 8 walk-in sites for tents only, a group camp and 3 yurts. The campground includes a boat launch, picnic area and RV dump station near the entrance.
- Recorded information about flows on the Wynoochee River and the elevation of Wynoochee Lake are available from our Fishing and Recreation Line at (888) 502-8690 or visit MyTPU.org/lakelevels.
- More information about nearby U.S. Forest Service recreational facilities is available from the Olympic National Forest.