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Jackson Project: Recreation Program

Picnic tables


Our facilities provide access for fishing and boating, hiking, picnicking and public restrooms. Spada is a drinking water reservoir, so swimming (pets and people!) and gas-powered boats are not permitted.

no drone noticeThe recreation sites are open from April through October, depending on weather conditions. They are day-use only. You can leave your car overnight only on the east side of the South Shore Site parking lot if you plan to hike in to the DNR's Greider and Boulder Sites for camping.

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. (View map.)

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

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 (see link to the right to view).

Spada Lake Reservoir & Sultan River Access

Updated 3/25/20

Spada Lake Recreation Sites will be closed starting March 17 until further notice for public safety and the safety of our staff.

This closure includes Sultan River access from the Diversion Dam Road and Allen gate. It also includes closure of the gate at 116th Street accessing the recreation facilities near the Jackson Powerhouse. 

We will reassess the situation and update this website as applicable. 

For more details:

Spada Map (click to view)
(click to view map)

Important Notice

The City of Everett, in conjunction with Snohomish County PUD, is conducting a road repair and culvert construction project on the Diversion Dam Road. To ensure public safety, this project requires temporary closure of certain recreational access points through March 1, 2020, or until further notice.

Due to construction activities including rock work, hazardous conditions for boating and fishing may occur along the river in the reach (Reach 2) between the Diversion Dam [River Mile (RM) 9.7] and the Powerhouse (RM 4.5). Public access will be closed for kayak put-in/take out locations at the Sultan River Canyon Trail and the Diversion Dam. The river will be accessible downstream at the Powerhouse.

The entire Diversion Dam Road system will be closed to all public access including foot traffic due to heavy truck traffic during construction.


Jessica Spahr

Mike Schutt