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Lake-Chelan is a 55-mile long, narrow lake located in Chelan County in north-central Washington. It is the largest natural lake in the state. Nestled in the North Cascades National Forest, Lake Chelan is fed by the crystal clear streams from the Cascades and has a maximum depth of 1,486 feet, which also makes it the third deepest lake in the country. The city of Chelan sits at the southeast tip of the lake and at the northwest end is the town of Stehekin. Access to the far end of the lake is limited to boat, float plane, or hiking. Lake Chelan State Park lies along the southern shore of the lake, and the northern portion of the lake is protected by Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Lake Chelan sits in an incredibly beautiful area where rugged snowcapped peaks rise to over 7,000 feet from the lakeshore and lush evergreens cover the mountainsides. Numerous other smaller lakes and waterways are nearby, including the majestic Columbia River, which is just four miles to the east. Recreational opportunities are endless, including swimming, boating, sailing, fishing, kayaking, water-skiing, and jet-skiing, parasailing, rafting, and wind surfing. Public boat launches can be found along Lake Chelan's south shore at both 25-Mile Creek and Lake Chelan State Parks, the north shore at Mill Bay Park and in Chelan at Riverwalk Park. Boats can also be launched on the Columbia River at Chelan Falls Park, Powerhouse Park, and Beebe Bridge Park.

Surrounding areas: Leavenworth, Washington (34.7 mi), Banks Lake, Washington (36.0 mi), Twisp, Washington (36.9 mi)

Lake Chelan Vacation Rentals

Lake Chelan Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Apple Inn Motel1002 E Woodin AveChelan, WA (509) 682-4044
Campbells Resort And Conference Center104 W Woodin AveChelan, WA (509) 682-2561
Midtowner Motel721 E WoodinChelan, WA (509) 682-4051
The Westview Resort Motel2312 W Woodin AveChelan, WA2.0 mi.(509) 682-4396
Wapato Point Village Inn200 Wapato PT CTManson, WA7.6 mi.(509) 687-2500

Lake Chelan Weather & Climate

Central Washington , in the heart of the Cascades, has a temperate climate of mild summers and snowy winters. An average winter snowfall ranges from 50 to 75 inches in lower elevations. Snowfall gradually increases to between 400 to 600 inches above 4,000 feet. Some high peaks above 7,000 feet remain snowcapped all year. Snowfall usually begins in the higher elevations in September, gradually working down to 3,000 feet by the last of October. Above 4,000 feet temperatures occasionally drop below freezing even in midsummer. The temperature decreases approximately 3 degrees with each 1,000 feet increase in elevation. Mild, humid, summer days, temps rarely rise above 79 degrees.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 21°F 1.57 in. -
February 39°F 26°F 1.23 in. -
March 51°F 32°F 0.99 in. -
April 61°F 40°F 0.70 in. -
May 70°F 48°F 0.82 in. -
June 77°F 55°F 0.81 in. -
July 84°F 60°F 0.38 in. -
August 84°F 60°F 0.44 in. -
September 74°F 51°F 0.46 in. -
October 61°F 40°F 0.59 in. -
November 43°F 31°F 1.61 in. -
December 33°F 24°F 1.74 in. -

Lake Chelan Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Pangborn Memorial airport (EAT) located about 31 miles southwest of Lake Chelan in Wenatchee, Washington, the Ephrata Municipal airport (EPH) located approximately 43 miles southeast of Lake Chelan in Ephrata, Washington, the Grant County International airport (MWH) located roughly 54 miles southeast of Lake Chelan in Moses Lake, Washington, and finally Bowers Field (ELN) located around 60 miles southwest of Lake Chelan in Ellensburg, Washington.

Lake Chelan Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Remlinger FarmsCarnationWA89.3 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA112.9 mi.
Golf Courses
M A 8 GolfMansonWA7.2 mi.
Lake Woods Golf ClubBridgeportWA19.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA31.6 mi.
State Parks
Ice Caves State ParkWA6.4 mi. 
Lake Chelan State ParkWA8.6 mi. 
Alta Lake State ParkWA13.2 mi. 
Twenty-Five Mile Creek State ParkWA14.9 mi. 
Chief Joseph State ParkWA22.4 mi. 
Bridgeport State ParkWA22.6 mi. 
Fort Okanogan State ParkWA23.7 mi. 
Lake Wenatchee State ParkWA32.9 mi. 
Rock Island State ParkWA33.7 mi. 
Sun Lakes State ParkWA34.7 mi. 
Sunlake State ParkWA34.9 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA109.0 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA109.0 mi.

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