A Mineral Lake in the Heart of Washington

A Mineral Lake in the Heart of Washington

Nestled beneath majestic basalt cliffs and rim rock slopes at the southern end of the lower Grand Coulee in Eastern Washington is a tiny inland sea noted for its mineral rich water and creamy black mud.

At the turn of the last century, Soap Lake was one of the most well known mineral spas in the country. Before the development of sulfa drugs and penicillin, Soap...

Ode to Winter

The Soap Lake Blog
Soap Lake, place of healing waters and abundant character, the human kind: distinctive, memorable, extraordinary, a bit quirky, and never boring. From day one Soap Lake has embraced all comers; sick, destitute, in need of healing, or just looking for a place to land. Whether arriving with money for a room, with or without a reservation, maybe just hoping for a tent to rent or a spot in one of the camps along the shore of the lake, Soap Lake bore arms wide open to strangers throughout the early decades of the 20th century.
 
For those who sink their feet into the rough sand along the shore or slather the sulphur-stinky black mud on their bellies and feast their eyes on the rugged basalt landscape framing the pretty aquamarine lake, maybe catching the sweet salt scent of the mineral water on a warm summer night carried on a southbound breeze, or those that hear with delight the playful chatter of killdeer along the shore – something catches hold and never lets go. It hides in the bottom drawer of vacation memories, in the spent quarry of the almost gone days, not hiding – languishing like a water nymph that can only be felt by the young-at-heart and the ones who distill memories from the shape of clouds.
 
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