Out On The Water

The days are long and hot and the water that’s waiting for you is crystal clear and oh so refreshing. Sure, you could jump or wade in from a beach or a dock. But there are countless other ways to beat the Lake Chelan heat! Get the most out of your lake days by hitting the water by boat or jet ski. Here are our favorite watersports to try on the lake!



Waterskiing is just what it sounds like – using skis to ride the waves behind a motorboat. Glide across the surface of the water while you feel the wind in your hair and the cool water on your skin! See just how long you can stay upright as you make your way around the waters of Lake Chelan. The best condition for waterskiing is when the lake is quiet and calm. We recommend hitting the water in the early morning or around sunset for optimal riding!



Are you a surfer in need of some waves? Or just want a new challenge on the water? When wakeboarding, you’ll ride a single board being towed by a boat and surf the crest of the boat’s wake all around the water. It can be a challenge to get the hang of it at first, but once you find your footing, you’ll have a blast riding the waves and trying out mid-air tricks! Similar to waterskiing, your best bet is to aim for an early morning or sunset ride.


Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand up paddleboarding has grown in popularity over the last few years and it’s clear why — it’s easy to catch on, find your balance, and get to exploring all over the lake! All it takes is a single paddle and a little balance and you’re on your way. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can sit down, kneel, or even try a couple of yoga poses! SUP boarding is fun for all ages and can be tailored to suit your adventure style. Yoga fan? Hit the water in the morning when it’s calm for a peaceful session. Looking for an upper-body workout? Get out, get paddling, and go exploring. Craving a leisurely afternoon? Stay near the shoreline and take it easy!


Jet Skis

Hoping to get more speed out of your day on Lake Chelan? Rent a couple of jet skis so you can wind and weave through the waters at your own speed! Jet ski sizes can range from 1-3 riders, so grab a pal or head out on your own for an energizing afternoon of zipping around the water.


For more ideas on how to get out and enjoy the beautiful waters of Lake Chelan as well as a list of boat, jet ski, and paddleboard rentals, see our Boating & Water page. We’ll see you out on the water!