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Chelan, Manson, Stehekin

Lake Chelan is home to four seasons of wine, sun, stunning natural beauty and adventure!

The 55-mile-long lake slices northwestward into the Cascade Mountains. As you drive into town, you’ll immediately catch a view of the stunning lake, blanketed my acres of award-winning vineyards.

Shoreside state parks and forest service campgrounds allow you to plan a boat trip of several days with overnight stops along the way. Along the steeper south shore, paved highway dead ends at 25 Mile Creek and the Lake Chelan State Park featuring camping, picnicking, water sports, camping and boat launching facilities.

The towns of Chelan and Manson are both home to charming, historic shopping districts and an emerging wine industry that is taking home awards world-wide. Plan extra time to peruse the shops  and of course, taste LOTS of amazing wine.

Fishermen have a variety of opportunities at Lake Chelan. With depths up to 1,500′, the clear, cold waters of the deeper sections of the Lake yield ling cod, lake trout, silver and Chinook salmon, rainbow trout and small mouth bass. Families also love the lake for its access to safe, fun swimming areas, jetski and boat rentals, parasailing, and a must-visit if you’re traveling with kids: Slidewaters Water Park.

Abundant sunshine and low winter rates make Lake Chelan a popular winter destination. Echo Valley is a small family downhill ski resort with miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling as well.

Stehekin is located in the Chelan National Recreation Area at the head of Lake Chelan. There are no roads to this tiny uplake mountain wilderness village. As you cruise uplake, the scenery grows more and more spectacular. Sheer mountain walls rise from the lake’s surface, reaching nearly 8,000′ in the saw-toothed crest of the Cascades. Excursion boats leave Chelan daily for the cruise to Stehekin and back.


Chelan Ranger Station


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Lake Chelan Chamber


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Manson Chamber of Commerce

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