Lake Chelan (pronounced as : (shee-lan) is one of those great places that once you’ve visited, you’ll be wanting to come back. Many do, year after year.
Chelan, as the locals refer to it, is a unique community that is tourist oriented. This is especially true in spring, summer, and autumn.
Though much activity goes on during winter (skiing mostly), it does slow down somewhat.
From Seattle To Lake Chelan
It’s a pleasant drive from Seattle eastbound on I-90. You’ll note the steep climb as you leave Issaquah (pronounced as : (iz-ah-quaw NOT isss-ah-quaw) heading for North Bend.
Keep an eye out for “stump lake” on your right hand side as you cross over the top of the pass on your descent down the east side. You may want to take a few photos as you pass it by. It is unique in itself.
The time spent looking over the mountain terrain will make the time seem to fly by as you head over on your drive. If traffic is good, then you should make it in under 3 hours easily.
What To Do In Lake Chelan
Enjoy water sports? Then Chelan is the right place for you. Only be aware that the lake is glacier fed. In other words, the water is clear and COLD.
However, if you are an official Washingtonion, then you’ll get used to it very quickly. Water skiing, jet boats, fishing, jet skis, scuba, snorkeling, and just plain swimming, all happen on this beautiful lake.
The Water park for the kids and adults is a great alternative to the lake itself. You’ll want to give it a look-see while you are in Chelan.
Not a swimmer?
You’ll enjoy the 4 hours boat ride of the entire lake. Be sure and take advantage of that. Glaciers are interesting when you get almost next to them. Remember, lots of pictures will be good memories for years to come.
You’ll also have the opportunities to enjoy the golf courses that are in the area. Many to choose from each set in surroundings that will keep you amazed as you walk/ride through to each hole.
Not a golfer?
Don’t forget that since this is a small community, catering to the tourist industry, you’ll find loads of interesting small shop, eateries, and interesting folks that are more than willing to help you.
On the other hand, perhaps you just enjoy getting outside and enjoying the scenery. Then take advantage of ‘hiking the Butte’ along with friends and family members.
Be sure and take along your Nordic walking poles for a fantastic experience.
But where do I stay?
You’ll have lots of places to choose from. Just to name a few of the top rental places to pick from…how about The Downtown 4 Bedroom Penthouse? It’s located at the waterfront and mere minutes from the downtown area.
Or you can choose from the Oasis Cove with it’s 6 bedrooms that you can fill up with friends, family, or simply share the rental expense with others. Fifeteen people would feel right at home here.
Perhaps you’ve got children in your group? Then you’ll love the Royal View with it’s 3 bedroom, 2 baths, and plenty of room for up to 10 people. A great, flat yard is handy for the kids to romp in.
But…What About The Outdoor Camping?
Follow along here and we’ll see the great camping sites and we’ll climb the “Butte of Chelan” together. Just wait till you see the mighty Columbia River from the top of the Butte!
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