Get Into Soap Lake

As you might imagine, Soap Lake is a body of water, but it is also a town of 1,500 in Eastern Washington. I’m pretty sure they all know each other, because while we enjoyed a tasty restaurant dinner there at Don’s everybody else in the eatery recognized each other and chatted with them.

Soap Lake and the newly installed sun dial sculpture.


Soap Lake was formed by a mammoth waterfall that eroded basalt rock into what is now Dry Falls. When the waters of the last big flood receded, it left the mineral-rich lake. More than 15 minerals fill the lake, some say giving it extraordinary healing powers. Soaking in the lake water and spreading the lake mud over hands, arms and faces to facilitate healing was done by indigenous people, settlers and is still done today.

A list of all the mineral Soap Lake contains.

The name, Soap Lake, seemed appropriate because of the foamy ridges that formed on the beach on windy days. Besides the lake itself, local spas offer a Soap Lake experience where you can soak in lake-filled tubs. (Although a broken pipe has stopped that temporarily, it will soon be fixed.)

From  Some day, Soap Lake will be discovered by the rich and famous. They’ll build a fabulous resort and take advantage of this absolutely one-of-a-kind mineral lake. They’ll hear about Soap Lake and its remarkable history. They’ll swim in the water and lie in the sun and know they have found a place that nourishes their soul as well as their bodies. They’ll be drawn back year-after-year until they decide to stay for the rest of their lives.

If you aren’t rich or famous, visit soon, before the price goes up. If you are rich and famous, we’ve been waiting for you.

Notaras Lodge, a very fine place to stay.

Besides relaxing in the sun, Soap Lake has lots of activities throughout the year like Winterfest, the second weekend of December, with a juried art show, art sale, crafts and music. Lava Run to the Sun is a motorcycle rally in late July and the Soap Lake Box Derby takes place over Memorial Day Weekend.

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8 Responses to Get Into Soap Lake

  1. Irene says:

    Now that’s a hidden gem. Did you stay over?

  2. Heather Larson says:

    Yes, we did in that lovely room in the photo. And we had scrumptious food at two different restaurants – Sun Dial Bistro was one of them.

  3. Alexandra says:

    I would love to have this experience now that I’m older. (I used to live in France, where people regularly went to places like this for healing, some even were sent by doctors and the bill was paid by national health insurance.)

  4. Living Large says:

    I love going into places where the locals know each other. If you listen in on some of their conversations, you sometimes find things you wouldn’t have otherwise known about!

  5. There are so many hidden gems in Eastern Washington. I’ve bicycled all over the state and didn’t know about this town. It’s on my list now.

  6. Oh, my that sounds like an idyllic stay. Soak in healing waters and stay in that lovely room!

  7. merr says:

    I love the healing waters part – sounds wonderful.

  8. You’re right, sounds like I need to plan my visit now.

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