South Camp Loop consists of 21 tent and 30 RV sites. These include both pull-through and walk-in sites:
The South and North Camps are separated by Big Creek Inlet, where Big Creek flows into Lake Cushman. Getting from one Camp to the other requires a walk up one side of the Inlet and down the other (see map, above).
North Camp is more rustic than South Camp, and conists of 29 tent sites and the largest of the two Group Camps (note: pictures taken in March before the spring clean-up and re-opening for the season)
The largest of the two group camps is adjacent to North Camp, and occupies a large area (see map, above), includes two separate toilets, a large shelter, and lake access. It can accomodate up to 80 people:
The smaller Group Camp is located on N. Lake Cushman Rd. (Hwy 119). It accomocates 20-30 people:
The beach and boat ramp at South Camp are the busiest places in the Park; they also give the best lake views, offer kayak rentals, and have better mountain views:
A Little Northwest Mythology
The Quinault Indians referred to the Skokomish Tribe as “The people who live by the lake
with the monster.” Is Lake Cushman home to a "Loch Ness Monster"? There are times when
it seems possible.
A Little Northwest History
The Antlers Hotel was built in 1895 as a luxury getaway for seasoned outdoorsman. In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt was invited to stay here in order to secure his signature to open up the land to logging. He did not do so, but focused instead on the local elk, which were nearly wiped out. By 1909 he created the 610,000-acre Mount Olympus National Monument inside the Olympic National Forest. This led to the preservation of the "Roosevelt Elk" and set the stage 30 years later for the creation of the Olympic National Park by another President Roosevelt (FDR).
In 1924, Tacoma Power and Light dammed the existing Lake Cushman, causing the waters to rise
and submerge the Antlers Hotel. In 2010, DCS Films began exploring Lake Cushman to find the
original structure. Divers are rumored to have spotted the Antlers, but there is no proof to date.
Stay tuned, we may have a documentary in our future.
Skokomish Park is just west of Hoodsport. Lake Cushman is visible,but not labeled. This was formerly called Lake Cushman State Park. It is now well-managed by the Skokomish Tribe.