Spending a Weekend at Lake Chelan

Looking for a destination that has it all? Look no further than Lake Chelan. From recreation adventures (both in the mountains and on the water) to wineries, breweries, nearby U-Pick farms, shopping and everything in between — Lake Chelan has it all.

Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan is a 50.5-mile long lake that is as blue and pristine as you can imagine. Whether you love to boat, fish, swim, kayak, paddleboard or even scuba, Lake Chelan can accommodate your recreational needs. There are many public access points to the lake, one of them being Lake Chelan State Park. Note that a Discover Pass is required at State Parks; if you don’t have one you can purchase a day pass for $10. There are also many pull-outs along the lake so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Lake Chelan person sitting in chair looking at the lake

Where to Stay

There are many lodging options in and around Lake Chelan. Again, Lake Chelan State Park is one of them. RV sites, waterfront tent sites and boat sites are available. Sorry, no cabins. Camping at Lake Chelan State Park during the summer months is very popular so advance reservations are highly recommended.

The park now offers year-round camping at Lake Chelan. If you are looking to get some fishing in during the winter months, you can plan to take the RV there and get your fish on! Be aware that during dusk hours you will hear a concert of frogs. Eventually, they will stop in time for bedtime.

If you are not the camper type and prefer traditional lodging, consider Kelly’s Resort, Darnell’s Lake Resort and Grandview On The Lake. All are wonderful options and offer resort-style lodging that is within close proximity to the lake.

Water Activities

Want to enjoy the day out on the water? Rent a boat or a jet ski through Jet Skis Ahoy. The rates are fairly reasonable and their staff are very friendly. Looking for a breathtaking adventure? Go parasailing with Chelan Parasail and Watersports. Enjoy some fun waterslides and take a lazy river float at Chelan’s Slidewaters Waterpark.

Looking for a unique experience? Take a scenic ride on the Lady of the Lake, a sailing vessel, and visit the town of Stehekin — a remote village located at the headwaters of Lake Chelan. There are no roads in or out of Stehekin and it’s one of the most unique places in the country.

Local Wine, Beer and Produce

Wine lover? Visit the many wineries in the area such as Chelan Estate Winery who produce world-class wines. For beer lovers, Lake Chelan Brewery offers a variety of handcrafted beer and good food to go with it! During peak summer season, many farms in the surrounding areas are open and offer some of the juiciest fruits you will ever taste! Steelhead Cider is a must visit if you are a fan of ciders.

marmot on the rocks near lake chelan

Aside from all the lakeside fun, rest assured that there are adventures to be had for mountain lovers. The surrounding Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Lake Chelan provides miles of trails that reward. There are a ton of trails to choose from; a few popular trails to consider are Echo Ridge, Pot Peak and Little Bear Trail

Julie Sojot

Julie is a PNW transplant from the Island of Oahu. She is a wife, mother and adventurist who loves to travel with her family always in tow. Follow along with more of her adventures on Instagram: @jascollective


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