Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

Where to stay around Lake Cushman?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 21 vacation rentals near Lake Cushman. From 9 Cabins to 10 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Cushman for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Cushman?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Cushman. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Olympic Peninsula: 4,576 vacation rentals
  • Olympic National Park: 328 vacation rentals
  • Hood Canal: 1,025 vacation rentals
  • Puget Sound: 4,468 vacation rentals
  • Shelton: 231 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Cushman! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Cushman?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Cushman:

  • Shelton: 231 rentals
  • Union: 166 rentals
  • Belfair: 348 rentals
  • Lilliwaup: 120 rentals
  • Tahuya: 107 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.