There really is no other place like the Lake Chelan Valley. Framed by alpine peaks, bathed in the endless deep of a 50.5-mile long treasure, four seasons of adventure await for families and thrill seekers alike. Here are some ideas to get started.
Get Out on the Lake
Yes, an obvious suggestion. But you may be surprised at the myriad ways you can do just that. Rentals abound, whether you would like a boat for the family or a dinghy for yourself. Personal watercraft can be found buzzing along the lake all day long, but if peace and quiet is what you’re looking for, set your alarm early. The water is calm and still, with hardly a breeze at all. That’s the time to venture out on a kayak or stand up paddle board.
Looking for a Thrill? You’ll Find it Here.
Want a little adrenaline in your vacation? You’ve come to the right place. Try floating on a zip line high above the Columbia on Tunnel Zip Lines, or tackle your very first jump with Skydive Chelan. With over 300 days of sunshine, even in winter, almost any day is a good day to jump out of a plane.
Find your Path
With miles and miles of trails in the valley, you’ll be sure to find one tailor-made for you. Trot through town on the Chelan River Walk Trail. Take in jaw-dropping views along the Echo Ridge Trail, only 15 minutes from town (take special note of the brilliant yellow Balsamroot in the springtime). Work up a sweat along more ambitious routes like the Reach One Trail along the Chelan Gorge or up to 6500 feet elevation on the Pot Peak Trail by 25 Mile State Park.
Go Where No Roads Can Take You
Welcome to Stehekin, at the headwaters of 50.5-mile long Lake Chelan. Accessible only by boat or float plane, with less than 100 year-round residents. Truly a world away, and a true retreat. Serenity defined, Stehekin is the doorway to the majestic Sawtooth Wilderness, world-class hiking, biking, rafting and fishing. If you want to experience the definition of unspoiled nature, there is no other substitute.
If you are an angler, Lake Chelan needs to be on your Bucket List. Reel in Lingcod, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout all year long. Kokanee are plentiful in May and June, and Chinook Salmon and Lake Trout are there for the taking as well. Fly fishers will find their own paradise uplake in Stehekin. If you can’t tell a jib from a downrigger, have no fear. Fishing guide services abound in the valley, and they take pride in knowing the best holes, tips and tricks to reeling in your first prize.