Beginning hundreds of years ago, Native Americans from various tribes would gather here to trade, dig roots, race horses, and soak in the mineral waters. Noting its healing properties, they called the lake "Smokiam" (locals pronounce it smoke-EYE-um), meaning healing waters.
This lake in central Washington State is now called Soap Lake, as is the small community built along its shores. Incorporated in 1919, the town has a long history as a healing community. According to the 2020 census, Soap Lake has 1615 residents. It is renewing its tradition as a health resort and growing as an arts community, with its own live theater built in 2003.
Soap Lake, Washington
Kayleen Bryson photo
The purpose of Soap Lake for Locals is to help promote activities, businesses, organizations, and other positive aspects of our community. We also post and share public service announcements, including lost and found pets.
SLFL was created and is administered by volunteers. It is not affiliated with the city or the chamber of commerce.
Please note the Soap Lake for Locals Facebook page is not a forum for grievances. If you have a concern, please send a private message to SLFL. We will direct you to the entity best able to address the issue, if we have that information.