Lake Chelan is simply a mecca for outdoor fun and recreation. Resting in the North Cascade National Forest with a recreational area of 62,000 acres, it's no wonder why Chelan may well be one of the hottest summer getaways in the state.
Beginning in the desert and ending 55 miles north in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, it's the largest natural lake in the state. The blue, pristine waters offer a variety of options for the recreational boater and water sports aficionado, whether they are using the lake to play, fish or to travel into the spectacular and primitive North Cascades.
Each winter snow blankets the area creating a winter wonderland complete with skiing at Echo Valley, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the numerous forested trails. Golden hillsides and pine-lined shores skirt this North Cascade nugget. The surrounding mountains rise dramatically a mile and a half straight out of the deep blue water.
Near the City of Chelan, the terrain is dry and dramatic, with canyons of sagebrush and basalt. Every imaginable outdoor activity awaits you. Orchards and vineyards cover the hills in lush, green braids along the Columbia River; home to world-class wineries. The boating and water sports playground is mainly confined to the lower reaches of the lake extending to 25-Mile Creek State Park, the farthest point to drive along the lake.
The upper basin is where this pristine body of water plunges to depths of 1,500 feet. Except for the occasional recreational boater, it is here where the lake becomes a highway to the boat-in campgrounds scattered along the shoreline all the way to the small community of Stehekin at the head of the lake.
And up and down the lake, since the first settlers arrived in the 1880's, Lake Chelan has been famous for its world-class fishing. Home to the record holding 35 pound lake trout, the lake is one of the top fisheries in the northwest. Each year 100,000 Chinook Salmon, 60,000 Lake Trout, 100,000 Rainbow Trout, and 600,000 Kokanee are released into the cool, clear waters of Lake Chelan. Fishing is open year round on the lake!
Where The Cascades Meet the Desert...
Chelan is a scenic resort community of 3,995 residents nestled at the edge of the Cascade Mountains on the shore of beautiful Lake Chelan in North Central Washington. The Lake Chelan Valley features extraordinary year-around recreational opportunities in a world class outdoor environment. The Chelan Valley features an unparalleled combination of breathtaking scenery, vineyards, wineries, orchards, golf, hiking trails, boating and fishing. The City is in excellent financial position based on a strong and growing economy stimulated by tourism, agriculture, development and very positive retail/commercial
Chelan is one of the premier resort destinations in the State of Washington. It is best known for it's warm sun and clear blue lake. At one end of the lake sits the resort town of Chelan where travelers come to enjoy the endless water and outdoor recreation and relax at the lake.
Welcome to Small Town America Chelan, Washington. Stroll up and down Woodin Avenue and Emerson Streets to enjoy a complete shopping experience. Unique theme stores for the chef, quilt maker, and gift giver await you. Apparel shops for all ages, a bookstore, art galleries, a custom design jeweler shop, and antiquing can all be visited along your walk. Don't miss the 100-year-old log church and the historical museum right in the heart of downtown. While strolling, take time to view the 14 featured murals in and around the downtown area; in each one look for the hidden form in the shape of an apple.
There's something about downtown Chelan that makes you feel at home. People wave to each other, storeowners greet you by name, and folks use any excuse to gather along the sidewalk just to catch up on community news.
Chelan is the only incorporated community in the Northern part of Chelan County and is located along the Southeast end of Lake Chelan. The city's year round population runs around 3,700, but the area is popular with visitors and part time residents; these numbers swell during the summer months.
Manson is a small town located on the shores of Lake Chelan in north Central Washington. Manson is located in Chelan County, about a 1 hour drive from Wenatchee, a 3 hour drive from Spokane, and a 4 hour drive from Seattle.
There are many things to do and see in our community and in North Central Washington. Lake Chelan is a pristine, deep water lake that flows into the mighty Columbia River. Our surrounding mountains cover with snow every winter and provide stunning scenery. Outdoor activities in and around Manson include biking, fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, camping, and snowmobiling.
Manson Bay Park has great swimming behind a protective bulkhead. Manson Bay Park is located immediately adjacent to downtown Manson.. Boat to Manson, tie up at the new Marina, have lunch or dinner, shop in downtown Manson, and spend the evening or night secure in the new Marina. This will be the premier Marina on Lake Chelan.
Mill Bay Park is a great place to escape the crowds and relax on the shores of Lake Chelan. Swimming is not allowed. The boat ramps are wide and gentle with plenty of dock space to load and unload. Mill Bay Park is the best boat launch on Lake Chelan.
Willow Point Park is one of the secret jewels on Lake Chelan. It's just a few miles north of downtown Manson off Lake Shore Drive. There are picnic and bar-b-que facilities and protected swimming. A bicycle ride to Willow Point Park is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon on Lake Chelan.