Jackson Project: Recreation

The recreation sites were opened for public use in the summer of 1991 and have been improved as part of our 2011 relicensing. Our facilities provide access for fishing and boating, hiking, picnicking and public restrooms.

The recreation sites are open from April through October, depending on weather conditions.

Public use and enjoyment of the Jackson Hydroelectric Project recreation and mitigation lands in the Sultan Basin is subject to the regulations established in PUD Directive #73. Click here to view PUD Directive #73 (PDF).

Sultan River Flow Study

Spada Lake Reservoir Access

Updated 07/17/14

ELEVATED FIRE DANGER! Absolutely no fires, no smoking, no shooting and no fireworks!

Vehicle access is available on the Culmback Dam Road to the Gateway Site, and on the South Shore Road to the South Shore Recreation Site (view map). From the Gateway Site you can hike to our new Culmback Dam Site and across Culmback Dam to our new North Shore Site. From the South Shore Recreation Site, you can hike to our Nighthawk and Bear Creek Recreation Sites. This trail also leads to the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Greider and Boulder Lakes.

Please use caution while driving on the roads around Spada Lake. Drive slowly and look out for rough road, fallen trees or rocks, and equipment.

PUD property and Recreation Sites are day-use only. You can leave your car overnight only on the east side of the South Shore Site parking lot, if you hike in to the DNR’s Greider and Boulder Sites for camping.

Please check our Sultan River Conditions web page for the latest data and trends.

For full details about all access limitations, please click here.



(M-F, 8am to 5pm)