Destination guide

Find watcha want on Lake Wenatchee

For simply spectacular scenery, you can't beat a vacation in Lake Wenatchee. Surrounded by Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee sits on the eastern slopes of Washington States's epic Cascades Mountain Range. Many Lake Wenatchee vacation rentals overlook the lake and have private decks and boat docks. But there's more to Lake Wenatchee than meets the eye. Go hiking in the state park, take a boat out and explore the lake's many rocky beaches, or kick back with a barbecue on your own private deck. A vacation in Lake Wenatchee provides all the main ingredients for some great family memories.

Things to do

Steins and ziplines - a taste of Bavaria in the Cascade Mountains

On the lake's eastern banks is Lake Wenatchee State Park. Surrounded by the peaks of the Cascade Mountains, in the summer it's the perfect spot to go hiking and horseback riding along the lakefront trails. You can also rent boats and kayaks. In winter, the park becomes a popular cross-country skiing destination. A scenic 20-mile drive south of the lake is Leavenworth, a charming Bavarian-themed village with alpine-style houses and restaurants serving steins of frothy German beer. It's also home to the quirky Nutcracker Museum, which displays nutcrackers dating back several centuries.

Activities

Lovin' life on Lake Wenatchee

A dream destination for the active set, a Lake Wenatchee vacation is all about the great outdoors. Whether you come to waterski or kayak on the glacial-fed lake, or simply relax with a picnic on a sandy beach, Lake Wenatchee has it all. Book a guided hike of the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, or go horseback riding along the lakefront trails in Lake Wenatchee State Park; there's something for every age and every ability. The small Bavarian-style town of Leavenworth has several family-run restaurants, quaint gift shops and bars, and an apres-ski scene in winter.

Weather

Wen (atchee) the wind blows

Lake Wenatchee is a great outdoor destination at anytime of the year. In the summer months, it's overrun with visitors who come to make the most of the clear, glacial-fed waters. Temperatures reach a balmy 85 degrees, and days are long and dry. But come winter, when the mercury drops below freezing and brings plenty of snow, it becomes a sparkling winter wonderland, attracting skiers and hikers. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are some of the nicest times by the lake. The temperatures are a comfortable 60-70 degrees, although there is an increased chance of rain.

Natural features

Where the wild things are in Washington State

Situated on the lower eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in the heart of Washington State, Lake Wenatchee is a beautiful glacier-fed lake surrounded by the Wenatchee National Forest. It has its own state park, which is split into north shore and south shore, and separated by the Wenatchee River. Hikers and climbers are blessed with a wealth of options in and around the lake. Throughout the year, the mountains are home to an abundance of indigenous wildlife, including black bear, cougar, and moose. If you're lucky, you may even spot the elusive gray wolf.

Where to stay around Lake Wenatchee?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 347 vacation rentals near Lake Wenatchee. From 155 Cabins to 140 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Wenatchee for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Wenatchee?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Wenatchee. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Chelan: 645 vacation rentals
  • Cascade Range: 7,945 vacation rentals
  • Plain: 477 vacation rentals
  • Peshastin: 405 vacation rentals
  • Fish Lake: 286 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Wenatchee! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Wenatchee?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Wenatchee:

  • Chelan: 645 rentals
  • Plain: 477 rentals
  • Peshastin: 405 rentals
  • Cashmere: 449 rentals
  • Downtown Leavenworth: 330 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Wenatchee?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Wenatchee. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Leavenworth Golf Club: 587 rentals
  • Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort: 566 rentals
  • Leavenworth Ski Hill: 593 rentals
  • Icicle Ridge Winery: 597 rentals
  • Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum: 596 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Wenatchee listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.