Cushman Dam Number 1 and Number 2

Located on the Skokomish River, two different hydroelectric dams that go by the names of Cushman Dam Number 1 and Cushman Dam Number 2 are a pair of dams that not only help with the electrical needs of Western Washington residents, but also enhance the scenic beauty and provide for some great recreational opportunities too.

Fun Facts About Cushman Dam Number 1

-Construction began on Cushman Dam No. 1 in 1924 and the dam was completed in 1926.

-Cushman Dam No. 1 was built by Tacoma City Light, now known as Tacoma Power.

-Cushman Dam No. 1 is a concrete arch dam.

-Cushman Dam No. 1 includes over 90,000 cubic yards of concrete.

-Cushman Dam No. 1 is home to two 21,600 kilowatt generators.

-The base of Cushman Dam No. 1 is 50 feet wide. The dam narrows as it rises up out of the water and is just eight feet wide at the top.

-Cushman Dam No. 1 is 1,111 feet in length.

-Cushman Dam No. 1 measures in with a height of 275 feet.

-The water backed up by Cushman Dam No. 1 is known as Lake Cushman.

-Lake Cushman, the reservoir behind Cushman Dam No. 1, stretches for more than nine miles.

-Power from Cushman Dam No. 1 reaches the city of Tacoma via powerlines stretching across Tacoma Narrows.

-A ceremony in March of 1926 saw President Calvin Coolidge press a button in the White House in Washington D.C. that activated the transmission of electricity from the Cushman Dam No. 1 to the city.

-Power going from Cushman Dam No. 1 to the city of Tacoma crossed a 6,244 foot span at Tacoma Narrows that was the longest electrical span in the world.

-The nearest city to Cushman Dam No. 1 is Hoodsport.

-Cushman Dam No. 1 is located in Mason County.

-In 1988, Cushman Dam No. 1 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

-The original 50 year license for the Cushman Project expired in 1974. Both dams would operate on yearly licenses for decades after that.

-Cushman Dam No. 1 supplies enough electricity to serve approximately 9,000 homes.

Fun Facts About Cushman Dam Number 2

-Cushman Dam No. 2 was built in 1930.

-Cushman Dam No. 2 was constructed by Tacoma City Light, now Tacoma Power, just like its predecessor and companion dam.

-Cushman Dam No. 2 measures in at 575 feet in length.

-Cushman Dam No. 2 is 235 feet tall.

-At its base, Cushman Dam No. 2 is 40 feet wide. It is eight feet wide at the top of the structure.

-The water backed up behind Cushman Dam No. 2 is known as Lake Kokanee.

-Lake Kokanee, the reservoir behind Cushman Dam No. 2, is two miles long.

-Cushman Dam No. 2 is located in Mason County.

-In 1988, Cushman Dam No. 2 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

-Cushman Dam No. 2’s powerhouse is home to three turbine generators.

-Cushman Dam No. 2 supplies enough yearly electricity to serve over 16,000 homes.

Featured Attractions / Activities Near Cushman Dams Numbers 1 and 2

Lake Cushman Resort
Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman
Lake Cushman Golf Course

Featured Lodging Near Cushman Dams Numbers 1 and 2

Lake Cushman Resort

Featured Restaurants Near Cushman Dams Numbers 1 and 2

The Tides – Hoodsport