Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1

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Spada Lake Access

Update 8/5/19

There are two boat launches at Spada Lake. The boat launch at South Fork is available for trailered boat access whenever the lake level is 1410' msl or above. Trailored boat access is available at South Shore when the lake level is 1425' msl or above. Check the PUD web page Sultan River Conditions for information regarding reservoir levels and weather forecasts. Remember that combustion engines are not allowed on Spada Reservoir.


South Shore Road leads to the South Fork and South Shore recreation sites. The road past the South Shore Recreation Site is permanently closed to vehicular traffic and has been converted to a trail for hike-in access only. The trailhead for Nighthawk and Bear Creek Recreation Sites, and the Department of Natural Resources' Boulder and Greider trails is accessed from the South Shore Recreation Site.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), owner of the South Shore Road near Spada Lake, will no longer maintain the roadway due to required upgrades, maintenance costs and discontinuation of timber harvests in the area. The PUD has committed to maintaining a portion of the road for vehicular access, from Olney Pass to the PUD’s South Shore Recreation Site.

This site is located across Culmback Dam to the north, created as part of our new license and recreation enhancements. (Click for details, see "Recreation Resource Management Plan" under Support Documents.)

This recreation site is located adjacent to the dam and provides views of Spada Lake Reservoir.

Please remember that camping is NOT ALLOWED on PUD property.

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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.