Lake Cushman Area

Area Status: Open

This area gets its namesake from the stunning Lake Cushman Reservoir, a popular destination for its clear waters and lush forested shoreline. Extremely popular for swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking during sunny weekends, this area also provides ample opportunities to climb steep trails reaching rocky alpine peaks within the Mount Skokomish Wilderness. Camp in the family friendly Big Creek Campground or use one of the many day-use sites surrounding the lake.

The northern end of the Lake Cushman Corridor (FS-24) is the gateway to the Staircase entrance of Olympic National Park.



The possession of alcohol is prohibited along the Lake Cushman Corridor (FS-24 and FS-2451). 

Visitors should be aware that this area receives extremely high, weather dependent visitation. If visiting the Lake Cushman area be prepared for heavy traffic with no opportunities for turnarounds until reaching the Staircase entrance of Olympic National Park. Parking is only allowed in designated areas. If no parking options are available be prepared with an alternative plan to visit another area.

When recreating along the Lake Cushman Corridor be considerate of other users and be a steward public lands. This includes removing any personal trash or debris to leave the area clean and ready for other visitors to enjoy. Learn more about leave no trace principles to help protect the invaluable beauty of these places and other natural resources.

The following are currently prohibited along the Lake Cushman Corridor (FS-24 and FS-2451):

  • alcohol
  • overnight parking
  • camping
  • fires

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This area receives extremely high, weather dependent visitation. Be prepared for heavy traffic and limited parking.
No alcohol, camping, overnight parking, or fires.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Hoodsport, WA
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District- Quilcene office

General Information


Parking is very limited along the narrow road and only available in designated areas. Be prepared for heavy use and traffic. If there are no parking options available be prepared to visit another area of the national forest or other nearby public lands.


From Olympia, WA from I-5, follow US Highway 101 North for 35 miles to Hoodsport. Take WA 119 (NF-24) North for 12.5 miles until you reach Lake Cushman. ~ 50 minute drive time.

From Quilcene, WA take US Highway 101 South for 27 miles. Head West onto North Jorstad Creek Road, continue onto Forest Road 24 for 8.3 miles, continue onto WA-119 (NF-24) North for 2 miles until you reach Lake Cushman. ~ 65 minute drive time.

USGS Topo Maps

Hoodsport; Mt. Washington; Lightning Peak; Mt. Skokomish.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Lake Cushman Area

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Lake Cushman Area

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Lake Cushman Area

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Lake Cushman Area

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Lake Cushman Area


Areas for Picnicking at Lake Cushman Area


Areas for Swimming at Lake Cushman Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  • Recreation Passes