Lake Chelan is simply spectacular. This 50.5 mile long glacier fed lake is perhaps the most popular freshwater lake in Washington. The city of Chelan sits at the lakes southern end and boasts a fine position looking north up the lake. Summer’s seemingly endless sunny weather and clean blue water have made Chelan and nearby Manson a very popular vacation destination.
Boats of all shapes and sizes tour the lake, waterskiing and wakeboarding being prime attractions. Drive through the hills surrounding Lake Chelan and Manson and you will see one thing: grapes. The valley is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the county, with several vineyards producing award winning wines.
Walk the shady trails lining Lake Chelan, take a dip in the Lake at one of the many public parks or jump on the Lady of the Lake for a trip to Stehekin. Accessible only by boat or seaplane (or by foot if you’re up for a 50-mile hike), this hamlet nestled in the North Cascades at the headwaters of Lake Chelan boasts approximately 95 full-time residents, blue-green water fed by glaciers, sub-alpine timber, deer outside your front door, and a kind of magic only found when absolutely lost in nature.