Destination guide

Check out Lake Chelan's award-winning wineries

At the base of the North Cascades mountains, Lake Chelan is a 55-mile-long sliver of water and a haven for outdoor pursuits. Located 3 hours northeast of Seattle, this summer getaway is also a dream for wine lovers, thanks to its award-winning vineyards. Get your lake adventure off to a perfect start by booking a waterfront Lake Chelan vacation rental. Enjoy watery pursuits, like paddleboarding, fishing, and kayaking, or take a scenic flight on a seaplane to Stehekin in Lower Lake Chelan. Finish the day with a sunset barbecue and a glass of wine.

Activities

Pack a corkscrew and a sense of adventure

Lake Chelan and the North Cascades mountain region boast a wide range of fun activities, both on the water and its surrounds. Book a centrally located Lake Chelan vacation rental to get easy access to the entire Lake Chelan Valley, including the charming communities of Chelan, Manson, and Stehekin. It's a big area for sailing and canoeing. If you're after an adrenaline rush, there are plenty of opportunities to paraglide, zipline, or jet-ski over the lake. Lake Chelan has something for you even if you're more of the leisurely type—there are plenty of top-notch golf courses in the area.

Weather

Chelan's sizzling summers and settling snow

Lake Chelan is a pleasure to visit anytime of the year, from the winter snows to spring bloom to the long, balmy summer months. The busiest time at the lake is between June and September, when temperatures reach the mid-80s and Lake Chelan swells with holidaymakers. It's advisable to book Lake Chelan vacation rentals well in advance, especially houses with a waterfront view. Spring and fall are equally delightful, but slightly less busy. Winter should not be forgotten. Snow falls from around mid-December, turning the lake into a winter wonderland.

Natural features

Lake Chelan is all about rivers deep and mountain highs

At 55 miles long, Lake Chelan is the largest natural lake in Washington. At its most northerly point, it's the gateway to the North Cascades National Park. This vast pine wilderness is crowned by some 300 glaciers, when melting snows cascaded down the forested rivets to form lakes. It's packed with more than 400 miles of hiking and biking trails, catering for all abilities. Hiking season runs from April to October. The park's forested regions are home to various furry and feathered residents, including grizzly bears, gray wolves and the bald eagle.

Where to stay around Lake Chelan?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 570 vacation rentals near Lake Chelan. From 226 Houses to 17 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Chelan for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Can I rent Houses near Lake Chelan?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 226 Houses near Lake Chelan. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Lake Chelan include:

  • Cabins: 17 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 255 rentals available
  • Cottages: 17 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Lake Chelan?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 304 rentals with pool available near Lake Chelan. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Lake Chelan?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 570 vacation rentals to book directly online and 434 with instant booking available near Lake Chelan. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Lake Chelan!