Lake Chelan, Washington, USA

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Lake Chelan, Washington, USA

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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.

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.

Lake Chelan wine makes you feel just fine

The best way to see Lake Chelan is from the water. The Lady of the Lake is a scenic passenger ferry which pootles between Chelan and Stehekin several times a day. Surrounded by the beautiful lush peaks of the North Cascades, the ferry service boasts some of the best lakeside scenery on its way to the roadless town of Stehekin. Another big draw is the Lake Chelan Wine Valley, named for the abundance of fine vineyards here. Book a Lake Chelan wine tour by car or coach to really enjoy the fruits of the region's premium wineries.

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.

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.