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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 08/29/2021

Check out the weather conditions before heading up to the Basin, see the "Rain, Wind, Reservoir & River Conditions" page.

Due to high fire danger NO FIRES ARE ALLOWED.

REGISTRATION is free and is REQUIRED to use any of the roads and recreation sites. Sites are open daily from dawn until dusk, unless indicated otherwise here. At all recreation areas on PUD property, please practice social distancing and follow state mask requirements. 

The Sultan Basin Road is a County maintained road and is paved for the first 10.5 miles.  The final 3 miles to Olney Pass (end of County road) are gravel, as are all roads on PUD property within the Sultan Basin. 

OPEN: The South Shore Road and associated recreation sites, including access to the DNR Greider Lakes Trail are OPEN to vehicular traffic.  The South Fork and South Shore recreation sites offer the only boat/kayak launches on the reservoir.

PARTIALLY OPEN:  The South Shore boat launch is closed to trailered boats due to recent vandalism.  However, kayaks and other watercraft may be carried to the lake and launched here.  Trailered boats can still use the South Fork launch.

OPEN: Culmback Dam Road is OPEN to the Gateway Site. Pedestrian and bicycle access are OPEN across Culmback Dam. To protect the public and our essential workers, please practice social distancing with employees on site.

OPEN: Sultan River Canyon Trail is OPEN.

PARTIAL: The outer gate at 116th Street is open; however, the inner gate is closed to maintain social distancing for essential workers. Pedestrians may access the area inside of the outer gate, however, no access past the inner gate is allowed at this time.

PARTIAL: The Lake Chaplain Road and Diversion Dam Road areas are open daily, from 6am- 6pm, with the exception of Friday/Saturday/Sunday when the outer gate on the Lake Chaplain Road will close at 3:00.  There is no public vehicular access across the Sultan River in this area, thus it IS NOT an option to bypass traffic on highway 2.

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



From Everett/Monroe: Take US Route 2 east through the town of

Sultan. A quarter-mile past town, turn left (north) onto Sultan Basin

Road. Follow the Basin Road 13.5 miles to Olney Pass.

From Seattle: Take State Route 522 east to Monroe. Take US Route

2 east and follow above directions.


From Olney Pass, follow the road left/west 1.4 miles to Culmback Dam and the Gateway Trailhead, or

Follow the road right/east 3.2 miles to the South Fork recreation site and boat launch, then continue an additional 2 miles to the South Shore recreation site and boat launch.

For more details:

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


Mike Schutt