Sandy beach
Cliff jumping
Hike-in Required
Sensitive Habitat
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Perched on the south side of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Cushman is a summer recreation paradise! Whether you are heading into the national park via Staircase, hanging out at Skokomish Park, or spending the weekend at Lake Cushman Resort and Campground, you're sure to have a great time. You're also sure to run into droves of other people looking to do the same thing. Not here though.

This cozy swimming spot on Lake Cushman's north shore is one place you're guaranteed to avoid the crowds. The beach is a little rocky, but it will be quiet, and its waters are incredibly clear.

Note: The North Shore East swimming area has no official signage or markers, so follow the directions closely and watch your odometer while driving on N Lake Cushman Road/NF-24.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Cliff jumping. Low crowds. Clear waters. Small, quiet area.


Some rocks.


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


So...on a really hot day (I'm talking 90+ degrees), this whole area and road will be PACKED. Use caution when visiting.
Couldn't find this exact spot but it doesn't really matter, there are turnouts all over that area pull over any place you like and find your own quiet spot. We just looked for one with no cars and climbing down is a piece of cake. Couldn't find the hike info for Big Creek on Outdoor Project but look it up on Washington Trails Association if you want one of the closest family friendly little hikes to work up a little sweat before jumping in the lake. It's under 5 miles, 850 feet elevation gain criss croossing over beautiful creeks and right down the road.
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