Lake Cushman Washington Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Lake Cushman

Nestled within the confines of the Olympic National Forest, Lake Cushman is a 4,000-acre, 10-mile long manmade reservoir that serves as a resort location for both locals and visitors.

  • Convenient to Seattle and Tacoma, Lake Cushman is an expansive reservoir that provides water-related fun for all members of the family, from swimming and scuba diving to boating, kayaking, fishing, and water skiing.
  • For an extended stay, choose one of the lake’s lodging establishments, which include several campgrounds.

What can I see and do at Lake Cushman? 

Kayaking: Crystal clear Lake Cushman is one of the state’s favorite destinations for kayakers of all skill levels. This lake, in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains, provides an easy trip for even beginning kayakers and the scenery around the lake is breathtaking.

Canoes, motor-powered aluminum fishing boats, and even pedal boats are also a common site on Lake Cushman. A boat launch is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Fishing: Lake Cushman is open year round for fishing. You can expect to encounter a large population of rainbow, cutthroat, and Kokanee trout in this large body of water. Bull trout or native char may also be caught, but as they are endangered species, you’ll have to release them. You might also find a few landlocked Chinook salmon in these waters.

Lake Cushman fishing methods include fly, spin, or bait. Some of the land around the lake is private so take care as to where you fish so you are not fined. 

Other Water Sports: Lake Cushman Washington also provides an arena for enjoying a number of other water sports. The waters of this reservoir are suitable for swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, tubing, and scuba diving. Most of the resorts on the lake offer rentals of boats and recreational gear. 

Camping: Lake Cushman camping opportunities are provided by a handful of private and public parks and resorts that accommodate RVs or offer tent sites, some by the lake and the others a little further removed.

For an affordable stay amidst some stellar scenery, check out Camp Cushman, formerly Lake Cushman State Park. Now owned by Tacoma Power, it has 82 campsites including 30 with utilities.

Where is Lake Cushman?

Situated in Mason County, Lake Cushman is off U.S. Highway 101 on the eastern side of Olympic National Park. From 101, turn right on Washington 119. Travel 4 miles and make a left on North Standstill Drive South. This will put you in the town of Hoodsport. Follow signs for the lake.