Soap Lake Ecological Reserve was established to conserve an alkaline lake, its associated flora and fauna as well as representative ecosystems of the Interior Douglas-fir Zone.
Ecological reserves protect special natural ecosystems, and support research and education. They are not intended for outdoor recreation. However, this ecological reserve is open to the public for non-destructive activities like hiking, nature observation and photography. Consumptive activities like hunting, fishing, camping, or foraging are prohibited. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.