Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Washington

One of the most beautiful places I had been to, is Lake Chelan in Chelan County in Washington. My husband and I, with one of my sisters-in-law went in late fall, so the crowd was thin. I am not a fan of crowds so I loved it! Fresh air, lake, mountains, endless natural beauty sans the crowd, it was heaven!


Lake Chelan is one of the deepest in the United States at 1,500 feet. Visitor activities include boating, fishing, camping, and hiking. The recreation area, including the small town of Stehekin may only be accessed by ferry, float plane, and in the summer by hiking through the Cascade Range.


This National Recreation Area is managed by the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. The Golden West Visitor Center near the ferry dock provides information for all visitors.


There is no cellular service nor wifi available at the town of Stehekin, the last drop off point for visitors. It’s the perfect getaway spot for those who want to be off the grid for a few days.


It is such a beautiful place that took my breath away. I wish we stayed overnight to enjoy more of Lake Chelan’s beauty. Hopefully, I would get the chance to do that in the future.

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About Dee Gilbert

I am one half of a couple who loves to travel; the half who likes to write and share travel experiences. Reading about travelers' experiences inspire me more to see the world. So, I thought, perhaps in my own little way I could inspire others, too. :)
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