• Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Kayaking, Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Summer

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Beach
Dog Friendly
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Family Friendly
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Swimming Hole

Perfect lake to swim, kayak, boat, etc. Camping spots. Resort. Beach. Hiking trails. Primary water flow: Skokomish. Olympic National Park.

Lake Cushman is the spot during summer - it gets super hot and the lake water almost turns lukewarm. It comes with a price, however, because everyone wants to be there so it gets pretty crowded! The lake spans 4,000 acres and has 23 miles of shoreline, so there's always bound to be spots if you drive around. Some spots can be little cliffs that give you a perfect spot to suntan, or a piece of rocky shoreline. The more you look around, the more lucky you'll get with the perfect spots.

Lake Cushman has trailheads, like the Staircase Rapids and Mount Ellinor, but it also has a private beach (you have to pay to get in) and a very nice resort! For more information on the resort, go here!!

The water is magnificent. It's very clear and there are all types of stumps to swim to, and rocks and bridges to jump off of. Not to mention, 15 minutes away is a little town with a restaurant and a grocery store if you plan to stay longer and eat more! If you're looking for a great summer day with friends or family, this is definitely worth the trip.

Coordinates: 47°28′48″N 123°15′0″W

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  • Food
  • Swimsuits
  • Floaties
  • Camera
  • Friends!
  • Hiking boots
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My boyfriend and I went to Lake Cushman as a day trip and it was super fun! Taking the ferry, and the drive in general, was very pretty with all the scenic landscape and views of the water. At Lake Cushman it's pretty busy and there's not a designated "beach", more of a huge campground where everyone hangs out and you kind of find you're own area. You can jump off the edges of the area into the water and they even have a swing to jump off as well. The water was a bit cold when you first jump in but I easily adjusted to it. There's lots more to do than just swim but it's an awesome thing to do there!

7 months ago
7 months ago

Holly Singh

There's a handful of things that pretty much sum me up: I'm 21, a mother to my crazy little 5-year-old boy, Enzo; and a student at the University of Washington, and I live for the outdoors. I grew up camping and studying botany and ecology (on a lower level of course) and I'm intrigued by everything nature! I may not have loads of cash to travel near and wide with pristine camping/camera equipment, nor do I have the time, but I try my best to get back to my roots and make more memories with my son and the people I meet on the way. Here's to many, many more adventures and cheers to nature and it's bonding magic!

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