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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 10/07/20

We are working to re-open recreation gradually and safely. Please check this website for regular updates.

Currently, registration is NOT REQUIRED to use any of the recreation sites, in an effort to limit exposure and cross-contamination. At all open recreation areas on PUD property, please practice social distancing and wear a mask per state requirements.

OPEN: The South Shore Road and associated recreation sites, including access to the DNR Greider Lakes Trail is OPEN.

The boat launch at the South Shore recreation site is CLOSED due to low water level.

OPEN: Culmback Dam Road is OPEN to the Gateway Site.  Pedestrian and bicycle access is OPEN across Culmback Dam.  To protect the public and our essential workers, please maintain a distance of 20 feet from 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 powerhouse crew.  Pedestrians may access the area inside of the outer gate, however, no access past the inner maintenance gate is allowed at this time.

CLOSED: To ensure safety of City of Everett filtration plant staff, Sultan River access remains closed from the Allen gate and Diversion Dam Road.

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

For more details:

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


Mike Schutt