Lake Chelan, Washington, United States
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Lake Chelan Information

About Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan covers 50 miles with calm water in Washington state, and happens to be the largest natural lake in the area by far. In Chelan County, where “Chelan” means deep water, visitors flock to the lake for fishing, boating, and splashing around in the lake. If that doesn’t sound relaxing enough, the Lake Chelan Wine Valley might be right up your alley. Enjoy the calming freedom of the expansive lake, where there’s something for everyone!

Also, be sure to check out our Lake Chelan Vacation Rental Locations guide, and our Lake Chelan Family Activities guide.

Things to do in Lake Chelan

Fishing on the lake is one of the main reasons for visiting. The water is filled with different kinds of trout, suckers and whitefish for you to catch — a fisherman’s dream. The Lake Chelan State Park has miles of shoreline, grassy areas to play and camp in, and trails to hike. On the water you can go boating, swimming — even water skiing! Boating is ideal on the lake, where you can rent or bring your own, from canoes and kayaks to paddle boards. Spend your days by the lake in the summer sun, where you can have picnics and look out onto the water. The Lake Chelan area is also known for its wineries, with perfect apples and pears growing along with grapes. The Lake Chelan Wine Valley will help you relax on your lake vacation. Visit the vineyards for tours and wine tastings, for example at Tsillan Cellars Winery, and bring some bottles back with you!

Day trips from Lake Chelan

From the northern end of the lake, the Lady of the Lake ferry service can take you on a trip to the tiny town of Stehekin. Stehekin is filled with visitors during the summer months, who come for the charming atmosphere while staying in Lake Chelan. See the Buckner Homestead Historic District, and the beautiful natural sites that draw adventurers. Further north, you can find the North Cascades National Park. The National Park is full of peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and incredible trails to explore.

Lake Chelan accommodations

Find your ideal lake house in Lake Chelan, where you can relax with waterfront views and cabin-style surroundings. However, there are also hotels, and rentals ranging from simple to luxurious that give you lots of options. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, or a large family with kids — there’s a rental out there for you.

Transportation in Lake Chelan

While you’re on the lake, there’s no better way to get around than on boat! You can also walk around the lake to get from spot to spot, or follow the hiking trails if it’s more recreational. However, depending on where your rental is, having a car would be useful to hop around the lake with beach chairs etc. The Lady of the Lake ferry service can take you around the natural sites in a beautiful fashion.

Weather in Lake Chelan

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Vacation Rentals in Lake Chelan

Looking for the perfect vacation rental for your Lake Chelan getaway?’s got you covered. Whether you’re seeking a vacation home, cabin rental or cottage, Lake Chelan offers 1311 affordable vacation home rentals to choose from, with far more amenities, space and comforts than the average hotel room. Select from 1213 properties with high-speed WiFi Internet, 577 full with jacuzzi and pool, and homes complete with outdoor patio, great for entertaining with guests. Whatever your needs, find the perfect home rental that best matches your accommodation style and budget.

For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of $25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Lake Chelan has 1311 gorgeous homes with 125 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with

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