The name Soap Lake came from the word Smokiam, an Indian term which translates to “Healing Waters.” The tribes used the lake for healing purposes for themselves and their animals for many years before the area was settled by pioneers.
At that time, Soap Lake was already a busy resort and health spa. It contained four hotels and many rooming houses and businesses catering to sojourners seeking a cure. The residents were very proud of the two-room schoolhouse built in 1907. Even though Soap Lake’s main industry was derived from the medicinal lake, it became a social center.
The coordinates to the lake are Soap Lake is located at (47.388341, -119.487611) but if you make it to the town you are sure to find it. The whole town is tiny!
Does it really have healing powers? I don't know. Did we have fun exploring our state and playing in the mud? Yes.