Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park

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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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  • Drove through this beautiful area while doing the North Cascades Scenic loop drive. Just stunning. Beautiful properties along the lake and nearby farming areas.  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Wonderful scenes along the lake. Much different from the wet western side of the Cascades. Great for boating, hiking, picnics!  more »
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  • This is truly a wonderful and beautiful spot in the Northern Cascades National Park complex! One takes a passenger ferry up to the lodge area or any of the other stops and can enjoy mountainous beauty. I definitely recommend getting a reservation for the lodge as early as possible as a summertime definitely fills out. There's plenty to do with hiking as well as taking a bus ride to any of the points further into the recreation area or national Park. You can even rent a bike for the day or afternoon!
  • We spent 5 days at a cabin rental and every day was absolutely wonderful. Hiking is abundant, we caught beautiful rainbow trout from the bank every time we went, which was pretty much every evening. No lack of things to do and see.
  • Washington is full of great recreation areas and this might be my favorite. Complete with an inland fresh water fjord, Lake Chelan has access many of Washington's great wilderness climates.
  • Beautiful lake, wineries and tasting. Good restaurants tons of things to do.
  • Beautiful nature and a must see place.

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