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Jackson Project: Recreation Program

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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).

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 from September 16 – December 2 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.

Spada Lake Reservoir & Sultan River Access

Updated 9/16/2019

The boat ramp at the South Shore recreation site is closed due to low water level in Spada. Trailered boat access is available at the South Fork boat launch only. The remainder of the South Shore recreation site, including access to parking and to PUD and DNR hiking trails, remain open and available.

Road closure: the Diversion Dam Road will be closed for maintenance from September 16 until December 2. Heavy truck traffic is expected during rock removal work, the road will be closed to all public access for safety. Signs have been placed in the area to alert visitors.

The Culmback Dam Road and South Shore Roads are open. Non-vehicular public access through the Gateway site and across Culmback Dam is permitted.  

PUD property and Recreation Sites are day-use only.  

For more details:

(click to view map)


Jessica Spahr

Mike Schutt