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“Apple blossoms everywhere”
Review of Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan
Ranked #1 of 46 things to do in Chelan
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Owner description: This scenic lake is best known for its sunbathing, water sports and fishing.
Palm Desert, California
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185 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Apple blossoms everywhere”
Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

We love visiting places in their off season. The lake is at its lowest before the spring runoff raises the height 10 feet for the summer boating season. A few brave souls are fishing in the cold (47F) water. At Wapato Point you can walk for miles along the shoreline. The river walk downtown Chelan is nice as well.

Visited May 2014
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Marysville, Washington
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501 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“Lake Chelan”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is an approximately 55 mile long x 1 mile wide lake starting from sunny Chelan and backtracking roughly northwesterly towards the Cascade Mountains.

The water is clean and cold. It is a horrible place to waterski in the summer due to the rough conditions caused by all the boat traffic and sometimes whipped up by the wind. The lake gets more scenic the more you get into the mountains.

One can take one of the boat (Lady of the Lake) or a float plane up lake. You can combine the trip with a boat one way and float plane the other way.

There are nice parks around the lake.

The City of Chelan has a fair amount of non-chain restaurants and hotels/motels. The accommodations can be quite expensive for what you get, especially in the summer.

Visited March 2014
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Sisters, Oregon
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145 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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“Lovely Lake”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

What a beautiful lake! We stayed in Chelan four nights and enjoyed drives on both sides of the lake. We had taken the mail boat to Stehekin on a previous visit which was also a delightful trip. A grass fire burned on a nearby hillside which was interesting to watch. After dark we could see the hot spots flaring up on the hill. We live in a fire-prone area so here was one which did not cause us to evacuate! A trip to Twisp and Winthrop was fun. Disappointing that we missed the moose who had toured Winthrop the previous day! Shopping in Chelan was rewarding because I found parts for my water mister. Also bought a skirt! Fun place to visit!

Visited March 2014
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Love this place! 100% sunshine versus seattle!”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

We like to go here for the sun! Every year and every summer!.. Really, fun family activitys all over the lake. Sun, boating, jet skiing! Great restaurants! Lake chelan winery BBQ a must, kids welcome to run around! Lots of fun for all ages! Fun for kids! Fun food and cold drinks! We love this place! Check out the water park!

Visited August 2013
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Bellingham, Wash.
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35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“One of thee most beautiful lakes in the world.”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

My latest visit this past August brought back many memories from year's past. Lake Chelan is just so majestic. Carved from glaciers, it is about forty nine miles long. But just a mile or two wide. Like a long snake. But Lake Chelan is also deep. Hundreds and hundreds of feet deep. Holding giant trout In The depths. And so crystal clear. I won't go any further than to say that I suggest on an extended visit to Washington State that Lake Chelan should be on your must see list.

Visited August 2013
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