Lake Cushman, Washington, USA

Lake Cushman, Washington, USA

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Life is cushy on Lake Cushman

With swimming, kayaking and boating, the cooling waters of Lake Cushman are the place to be during Washington's balmy summer months. Surrounded by the forested peaks of Mount Ellinor and the Olympic National Park, it's also popular with the hiking set who come to conquer its many trails. Get your Washington State vacation off to a booming start by booking a Lake Cushmore vacation rental overlooking the water. Take a boat excursion on the lake or try kayaking between its many shingle bays. The small town of Lake Cushman has quaint general stores and a restaurant.

Make a splash on a Lake Cushman vacation

Don't forget to pack a sense of adventure for your Lake Cushman vacation. Stretching 8 miles long and with 23 miles of shoreline, Lake Cushman is a water enthusiast's dream. Rent a motorboat from one of the marinas, or try your hand at kayaking. It's also a great place to learn how to scuba dive. If that all sounds like too much effort, why not pack a picnic and head to one of the many hidden bays dotted around the lake, or kick back on the private deck of your Lake Cushman vacation rental and watch the sun set.

Jumping Jack splash – go cliff jumping in Lake Cushman

A vacation in Lake Cushman is all about its rugged natural attractions. Mount Ellinor is one of the most popular mountains to climb in Washington State, promising miles of beautiful trails, wildlife encounters and incredible panoramic views from the summit. On a clear day you can see all the way to Seattle. Another big draw to Lake Cushmore is the Lake Cushmore Big Rock, one of Washington's best cliff jumping spots. The bold and brave come to jump 17 feet into the cool clear waters of the lake.

It's sunny summer lovin' on Lake Cushman

Although Lake Cushman is a popular year-round destination, you just can't beat the balmy summer months when it's sunshine and blue skies day after day. It's also when the lake temperatures reach an acceptable degree for swimming. But for the best choice of Lake Cushman vacation rentals, visit in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, the latter of which is remarkably pretty as the leaf color sets in. Outside of summer, rainfall can be more frequent, so pack waterproofs. In winter, temperatures can drop below 40 and snow often makes an appearance.

Putting the wild into wilderness in Lake Cushman

Surrounded by rugged forest, Lake Cushman is a long, narrow lake on the southeastern fringes of the Olympic National Park. While it draws the crowds to its deep clear waters, it's also the gateway to the Staircase. Named for the cedar staircase built by explorers in 1890, Staircase is a vast forest of Douglas firs and a popular hiking destination. Easily accessed from Lake Cushman, it's a big draw to the area for adventurers and wildlife spotters. There are several easy day hikes, including Shady Lane. About a mile from Lake Cushman, it follows a route along the Skokomish River.