Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

Two different versions of 'covering the spread'


March 24, 2022

Mark Woytowich

The Big Empty: Looking from Bear Gulch across drained Lake Cushman, a fresh ribbon of fog reaching from beyond a distant bend on the North Fork Skokomish River.

This week, no matter the weather, you need to visit Lake Cushman while the lake water is low. At the far end of the lake, just before the Staircase entrance gate to Olympic National Park, is a small day park that serves as a beach and kayak launch in summer.

Bear Gulch is its official name. You'll know it by the restrooms and tumbling creek on the right side, just after you pass the Lake Cushman causeway bridge.

This is a beautiful spot in summer, with shallow, sheltered water especially suited to small children (and tired moms who need to nap,

safely, in the sun).

However, in winter an...

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