Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park

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3.8/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is a U.S. National Recreation Area (NRA) located about 35mi south of the Canadian border in Chelan County, Washington. It encompasses an area of 61958acre including the northern end of Lake Chelan and the surrounding area of the Stehekin Valley and the Stehekin River. The area is managed by the U.S. National Park Service as part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex.Lake Chelan NRA is adjacent to the North Cascades National Park South Unit. There are no roads that lead into Lake Chelan NRA. The recreation area and Stehekin, a small town located within the park with fewer than 100 permanent residents, are accessible only by floatplane or passenger ferry from the south end of Lake Chelan near the town of Chelan, Washington. The area can also be accessed by hiking trails through the Cascade Range during the summer months. During the summer, an off-road bus service operated by the NPS carries weary hikers to the town from the Pacific Crest Trail.Visitors to Lake Chelan NRA can get general information about the area at the Golden West Visitor Center located near the ferry landing. The Buckner Homestead Historic District, Purple Point-Stehekin Ranger Station House, and the one-room Stehekin School are located within the Lake Chelan NRA. They are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • The lake looks very beautiful in summer. Water activities are relatively cheaper compared to some other places like Lake Tahoe, Hawaii etc. Good place for folks in the Seattle region to go for a weeke...  read more »
  • Wonderful scenes along the lake. Much different from the wet western side of the Cascades. Great for boating, hiking, picnics! 
  • Just spent our 6th or 7th straight year at the state park. As usual, it was great. The biggest change that we noticed from previous years was that the snack shack has stopped doing any fried food. No ...  read more »
  • If you're not hiking any of the Lakeshore trails or other backcountry trails I can't really speak for the rest of the attractions. The Lakeshore trail I got to hike 3 years in a row with a school and every year I enjoyed it more than they previous year. The campgrounds along the trail have the perfect backdrop of alpine lake and mountain scenery with plenty of wildlife along the way especially if you keep your eye out for birds of prey. The boat ride is kind an icing on the cake for both your trip in and out, with friendly folk who always want to chat up the group with the large backpacks.
  • What a beautiful area. Everyone should visit here.
  • Beautiful place