Shhhh…you’re about to learn what every Seattle-lite wishes you didn’t know…
Lake Chelan is the largest natural lake in Washington State, stretching for more than 50 miles from the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River. If you’re looking for a great vacation spot in the heart of the Puget Sound region in Washington State, you’ll find a vacation rental apartment or resort stay in Lake Chelan.
The small town of Stehekin, WA at the head of the lake serves as a gateway to the North Cascade National Park. The lower end of this lake is easily accessible, while the northern part is much more remote. Most of this northwestern part of the lake is located in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and is home to Stehekin as well as several other small towns and villages.
Lake Chelan is home to eight different golf courses in the Chelan Valley.
Bear Mountain Ranch is an 18-hole golf course with spectacular views of the mountains and lake. Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course also offers a variety of golf courses, including the 1,000 foot Bear’s Mountain Course and the 2,500 foot Bear Lake Course. One of Lake Chelan’s most popular golf clubs is the award-winning Gamble Sands Golf Club, which has consistently been named the best golf club in Washington State and one of only a handful of golf courses in Washington.
Wolf Creek drains through large swathes of the terrain, with elevations ranging from 1,100 feet to 9,000 feet. The Northwest is bordered by the Cascade Crest, the highest mountain range in Washington State ever named, and extends across the Sawtooth Range, which runs southeast of it and separates the Methow Valley from Lake Chelan. In the area, there are a number of hiking trails, often located in high altitudes without path connections, such as the Bärenberglauf and the Silbersee hiking trail.
Lake Chelan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, attracts generations of families to its shores every year. The 97A motorway descends into a glacial valley carved into a valley and you come to the unspoiled lake, surrounded by gentle orchards and vineyards. The wilderness covers an area of more than 3,500 square kilometers and a total of 1.5 million acres.
Summer is the main season for tourists in the region, but it offers many opportunities throughout the year, such as hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking. Wine tasting rooms, vineyards, orchards, and vineyards, as well as scenic hiking trails make this area an idyllic year-round destination.
Boating, swimming, skiing, kayaking, and canoeing take you to the water, and the beautiful view during harvest time is enhanced by the beautiful autumn colors. You can hike the mountains around the valley and the views and variety of activities make camping at Lake Chelan a highlight in summer. In winter, you should not miss skiing and tubing or snowboarding, hiking, skiing, cycling, or cross-country skiing, (Availability may vary)
The Stehekin River, which flows into Lake Chelan, is famous for fly fishing, and two miles away, the Columbia River is also a productive sturgeon fishing area. The Chelan Valley is also home to many smaller lakes, some of which are home to the Wapato Lake Campground.
Named the official American wine region (AVA) in 2009, Lake Chelan offers a unique wine tasting experience with over 20 wineries hugging the shores of the breathtaking lake. Lake Cheshire Valley may be a young wine destination, but don’t be fooled – it’s full of great wines. Committed and approachable, you are likely to talk to more than one of these about your next wine adventure.
The nearby towns of Wenatchee and most especially the classic Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth are also great distractions and easy to tack onto a visit to Lake Chelan.