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Lake Chelan is a pristine 55-mile-long lake in North Central Washington. At an elevation of nearly 1,500 feet, the lake dives to an incredible 400 feet below sea level. In addition to being the largest natural lake in Washington, it is the third deepest lake in the United States and the deepest gorge in North America.

Lake Chelan, Washington has become a premier travel destination for folks from around our state, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Outdoor activities include boating, fishing, hiking, hang-gliding, paragliding, bicycling, horseback riding, skiing, a fun day at the local Slidewaters water park and more. Local golf options include Lake Chelan Municipal, Bear Mountain Ranch, and the nationally recognized Desert Canyon.

The past decade has seen the emergence of a vibrant winery scene in Chelan. To date, 18 wineries have opened, complimenting the Lake Chelan Valley’s rich agricultural history.

Dining options range from family owned drive-ins to seasonal farmer’s market fare, pub to pizza and family casual to upscale gourmet.

You can take in a movie at the historic Ruby Theater, pick your own fruit in a local orchard, visit the Chelan County Historical Society Museum or try your luck at the Mill Bay Casino.

For an unforgettable all-day excursion, take the Lady of the Lake ferry to the outpost of Stehekin, located at the glacier fed head of Lake Chelan and accessible only by boat or seaplane.

At the end of your day, stop into the general store at Kelly’s, stock up on provisions and retire to your private cottage to get away from it all and recharge.