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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 5/23/20

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.

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

OPEN: Culmback Dam Road is OPEN to pedestrians/bicycles only; the gate will remain closed. Park at Olney Pass and walk or ride in. Please maintain distance from those outside your party. 

CLOSED: Sultan River Canyon Trail is closed due to downed trees and debris slides. Anticipated opening is late June, 2020

CLOSED: To ensure safety of staff, Sultan River access from the Diversion Dam Road and Allen gate are closed. This closure also includes 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)


Mike Schutt