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Kayaking South Shore Spada Lake




    Contents
  1. Put-in
    Launch fees, parking ...

  2. Summaries
    Location, conditions, warnings, paddle route, nature ...

  3. Provisions
    Food, fuel, firewood, WIFI, local information

  4. Accommodations
    Camping, cabins

  5. Additional info
    Rating, disclaimer



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Put-in

South Shore Spada Lake put-in in one of the two sites on the lake where kayaks, canoes and other human powered crafts can put in. NOTE: NO inflatables allowed on the lake. Only hard shells are allowed in the lake. No swimming or wading.

When you arrive at Spada Lake you need to register your vehicle and agree to a list of rules. Other than that the lake and this put-in are refreshing for many reasons.

Lack of garbage and NO gasoline engines allowed on the lake making for a quiet paddling environment.

There is no fee for registration or launching a kayak here or at the other site on the lake.

Upon return to the South Shore Spada Lake boat ramp kayak put-in the wind had pushed driftwood and logs into the launch area. The pull out was full of large logs. This is where a dry suit or wet suit is very handy even if you are so sure you will not be dunked in the strong winds that blow on the lake.


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Descriptions


Warning: The South Shore Lake Road is closed weekdays starting June 13 for at least seven weeks. There is culvert repair work being done. The road to the lake will be open on Fridays through the weekend until whenever the construction is completed. See the picture at the right regarding the road closer information.


July 2, 2011 update.
Once again Spada Lake comes in with a STUNNING rating. The paddle in the sun and SILENCE started around 8:30AM. That is late by paddling standards. Dawn is better to beat wind that arrives late morning or early afternoon at North Cascade lakes. Plus, you get to see the sun come up which is a good time for both critters and photography.

Spada is a QUIET place when it comes to dinosaur fossil fuel engines roaring except for Sea-Tac and its buddies flying their loads to and from Timbuktu.

The major sounds here are from rushing rivers and streams, some birds and on this trip a group of Otters trampling out of the woods and diving into the cold waters of Spada Lake.

July paddling starts out with a bang in terms of sun after a dreary spring and early summer. Like "they" say, "Summer doesn't start around here until July 5th."

Spada is close to the Big Shitty I-5 sewer corridor. It is quick drive in the dinosaur and to break away from the BREED, CONSUME, POLLUTE mantra from downstream. If you need a BIG nature fix some sensory overload high this might be the place to put-in and paddle for the day.

Side Bar info
Swimming and wading are not allowed in Spada Lake because the water is used as drinking water. What is interesting is this is supposedly a water shed yet you will see that most of the area has been clear cut. It seems odd to clear cut a drinking water source or to clear cut at all.
More than a 5 paddle location! Paddling here is like a yummmmmmmy meal.

This site is partial, discriminatory, about paddling locations. Nature is a BIG plus and this location fits the bill.

Kayaking or canoeing from the South Shore put-in boat launch on Spada Lake in the Sultan Basin Recreation Area is a 5 paddle spot.


Location
Check the map provided. Spada Lake is in the Cascade Mountains east of the Seattle Metro areas. Head out Highway 2 and turn up to the lake on the east side of the town of Sultan. Itís close to the big city for a quick get away to some almost wilderness feelings.

The road in from the highway gets twisty in some lovely deep dark mossy covered woods. The last few miles are steep and the road is dirt with potholes. After a good rain the potholes are easy to see because they glisten with water. Watch out for deer hoping around on the around going to and from the lake.


Conditions
Spada Lake is a reservoir. The paddle on May 29, 2010 found the lake in higher water. In fact the water was higher than the previous week paddling at the South Fort put-in two miles down lake. If you go like most will in the heat of the summer the look of the lake will be different. Actually no two paddle adventures are alike.


Warnings
Wind, cold water kills, drift logs, under water snags and stumps.


Paddle route
The paddle route on May 29, 2010 was about 9 miles. I suspect a kayaker could paddle around the entire lake in a day if they are in shape and have a fast kayak. The paddle routes listed here at Paddle Heaven are dilly dally checking the shoreline and other things out and not a race.

The wind blows from the west end where the dam is located. Note the wind is strong enough to make crossing the lake in open water very, very choppy. In fact the launch site was filled with drift logs upon return.

This is a reservoir for drinking water and hydro production. The water level is higher at different times of year. May 30, 2010 found this lake even higher than the week before when paddling at the South Fork Spada Lake Put-in. When the water level is up in the reservoir paddling up Williams Creek across the lake from the launch site and the Sultan River at the east end of the lake a ways is possible. Also the many little inlets along the shoreline are plumper with water during this spring time paddling adventure affording more in depth shoreline paddling.


Nature
This trip found the shoreline and lake ALIVE. There are birds everywhere doing their singing in the spring including woodpeckers, geese, ducks, and loons. The sound of the loons is a BIG time treat. Hearing their calls echo in the hills around the lake is fantastic.

Frogs could be heard in some of the inlets. Swallows were out chowing down on the insects they could find over the lake.

Spring is a little later at Spada. The salmon berries were still flowering and wild strawberries and other flowers where showing themselves off in the parking area and along the shoreline.


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Provisions

There are no services after you leave Sultan on Highway 2. There is no water or cell phone access. Super cool there is one place where we cannot chat on the phone. But cell phones are handy in case of an emergency.

Stock up on water, food and gas before heading up to the lake.


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Accommodations

Camping

There is NO camping at Spada Lake. There is some hike in camping miles up trails at the end of the lake.

There are some campgrounds up Highway 2 towards Stevens Pass.

Money Creek Campground is just east of the town of Skykomish. Reservations for Money Creek can be made online at http://www.recreation.gov/.
Wallace Falls State Park. Features include two hikes in campsites and some cabins. Reservations. Located two miles northeast of Gold Bar, Wash. in Snohomish County.

See the Paddle Heaven Maps page

There are no hostels in the area.

Cabins are available along the Skykomish River. Do a search at Google for rentals and other accommodations in the area if you are not driving back home the same day.


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Additional Information

Deliverance rating.

The creep meter is kind of like the applause meter on tacky television programs. The claps here or on this visit were fairly low. Vesicles need to be registered which might thin out the thieve in the parking lot. Once again, do not feed the animals or addicts. Don't leave anything in the vehicle you want to keep. No sqeeuling like a pig here, knock on plastic. :)
Fishing Reports, Stocking Reports & Fish Counts from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Things your need to know.
Read Me disclaimer, warnings, paddle at your own risk.

Click for Sultan, Washington Forecast

See some of the weather conditions in Washington State by viewing Web Cams in diffefrent locaitons before you head out paddling.



View Cascade Mountains Kayak Put-ins in a larger map

Topographic map and aerial photograph.

Wallace Lake or the west end of Spada Lake. Mount Stickney east end of Spada lake topographic maps from the USGS store map locater.

PUD Spada Lake Map.

Approximate distance from:
Seattle 61 miles.
Everett 43 miles.
Bellingham 105 miles.
Vancouver Canada 250 KM.


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GPS: 47.975913,-121.613343

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Region: Cascade Mountains

Overall rating: 5 paddles.

Launch: Free launch and parking.

Launch rating: 5 paddles.

Parking: Decent amount of parking although there are lots of hikers that can eat up the spots. Come early to park and beat the wind. Washington State public lands parking permit



Miscellaneous Novice with skills and equipment and support from other paddlers.

Route Distance: 9 miles or so on this paddle route.

Highlights: Scenic mountains and spring time bird life. Fishing for them into such a thing.

Warnings: Wind from the west end and underwater objects like logs.

Fossil fuel noise levels: 1 on a scale of 0-10. 10 being the loudest.

Facilities: No cell phone. No water. Pit toilet in the parking area.

Services: NO services in the area. Sultan is the last spot for food, gas etc.

Budget accommodations: Tent,Cabin,Hostels,Kayak Camps,RV,Yurt.


Paddling on a SUNNY July 2, 2011 on Spada Lake.




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