The 4,010-acre Lake Cushman is set amid the majestic Olympic Mountains. Kokanee, bull trout, cutthroat trout and some land-locked Chinook salmon can be found in the lake's waters. Opening day of lowland lakes fishing season always draws a crowd of anglers.
Tacoma Power is adding more than 40 campsites and making other improvements to Big Creek Campground in the Olympic National Forest.
The Skokomish Tribal Nation now owns the Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman, formerly known as Camp Cushman. The boat launch is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and is maintained by Tacoma Power.
Staircase Campground in Olympic National Park has camping, trails and an interpretive center. It is about three miles upstream from Lake Cushman.
Additional day-use recreation areas can be found along Staircase Road near the upper end of Lake Cushman. This area contains 298 acres of picnic and vista areas.
Lake Kokanee recreation
A few miles downstream from Lake Cushman is the 150-acre Lake Kokanee. Lake Kokanee is prime fishing territory for catching kokanee and rainbow trout. A public boat launch is at the south end of the lake near the dam.
Internal combustion motors on Lake Kokanee are restricted to a maximum of 7.5 horsepower. No personal watercraft are allowed.
To get to Tacoma Power's boat launch at Lake Kokanee, travel on Highway 119 from Hoodsport. Drive about 2.5 miles and turn left onto Potlatch-Cushman Road. Turn right onto Lower Lake Road and turn right again at the bottom of the hill. Parking will be on your right; the launch will be on your left.
Skokomish Park at Potlatch
This day-use park, formerly known as Saltwater Park, is located on Hood Canal on Highway 101 across from Cushman Powerhouse No. 2. This park was transferred to the Skokomish Tribal Nation. The park includes:
- a boat launch with 3 lanes
- picnic tables and fire pits
Tacoma Power maintains the boat launch and restrooms for year-round public use.