SPADA LAKE RECREATIONAL
May 31, 2009
(SNOHOMISH COUNTY) -- The Snohomish County Public Utility District has closed access to the recreational areas at Spada Lake, site of the utility’s Jackson Hydroelectric Project.
Winter storms washed out several sections of roadway. The Sultan Basin Road is closed just south of Olney Creek and the PUD expects to complete road repairs by mid-July.
All of the recreational sites on Spada Lake are closed, including the South Fork, South Shore and Nighthawk boat ramps. The east and west gates at Olney Pass also are closed.
And due to continued vandalism and trashing of the Trout Farm Road river access site, the gate will now be closed to vehicles for the foreseeable future. Walk-in access is still available. If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Meaker at 425-783-1722.
For updates on road closures call the PUD at 425-783-8605.
The Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project, which began operating in 1984, is located in the Sultan River Basin.
The 112-megawatt hydroelectric generating facility produces about 6 to 8 percent of the PUD’s power needs. In addition to generating enough power for 35,800 homes using a clean renewable resource, the project also provides recreation, enhances fish and wildlife habitats, provides an element of flood control and assures an abundance of clean drinking water.
A $2 million project to provide day-use recreation sites around the perimeter of Spada Lake was opened for public use in the spring of 1991.
The recreation sites - open from April through September depending on weather conditions - provide access for fishing and boat launching at three locations, picnic areas, trails, viewpoints, interpretive signs, and public restrooms.
Because Spada Lake provides drinking water, swimming and overnight camping are not allowed in the area. Only row boats and electric-powered boats are permitted on the lake.
The Jackson Project was dedicated in 1984 to the memory of the late Senator Henry M. Jackson, a Snohomish County native who became one of the most influential senators in U.S. history.