4 Seasons Of Fun: Top 10 Things To Do In Chelan, Washington

4 Seasons Of Fun: Top 10 Things To Do In Chelan, Washington
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Not all holiday destinations are suited for every season of the year, but in Chelan, Washington, you’ll find there’s plenty to do all year round. Whether you’re planning on traveling in the winter months to escape the biting cold or avoiding the summer heatwave, Chelan has plenty of life to it all throughout the year. See what makes this city a popular destination and look at the exciting activities that await you on your next holiday!


1. Explore the trails on wheels

Posted by Chelan Electric Bikes-Merv on Saturday, 30 January 2016

Posted by Chelan Electric Bikes-Merv on Monday, 12 August 2013

Chelan is home to an abundance of cycling trails, and paved and off-road options are available for cyclists of all levels. Cycling is a great way to experience the beautiful region up close; it allows you to enjoy the sights while feeling the cool spring breeze in your hair. A variety of electric bike tours are offered to those who would rather not break a sweat. If you prefer to explore on your own, rental options are also provided. A map is issued along with the bike so you don’t need to worry about not being able to find your way back. Mountain biking is also popular in Chelan during spring, summer, and fall. One popular trail for mountain biking is Echo Ridge Trail. Originally designed for cross-country skiing during the winter time, this trail is maintained annually and gives you excellent views of Lake Chelan.

Chelan Electric Bikes

Address: 204 E Wapato Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Price: from 40 USD

Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Contact: +1 509-683-2125

Website: Chelan Electric Bikes

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2. Go hiking and camping in Stehekin

Stehekin is small community that is part of Chelan County. It is located at the northwest end of Lake Chelan. Getting to Stehekin is an adventure on its own, as no paved roads lead to the endearing town; the isolated community is only accessible by ferry, plane, or trails. Home to less than a hundred permanent residents, Stehekin retains its small town charm. Spring is an ideal time for hiking and camping as Stehekin gets crowded during the summer months and you’ll also get to avoid the summer sun. Long and short treks are available and all of them feature amazing views of Lake Chelan. Some campsites offers facilities such as toilets or tables.

Golden West Visitor Centre

Address: North Cascades National Park, Stehekin, WA 98852, United States

Price: A free backcountry permit is required for camping and can be acquired from Golden West Visitor Centre

Contact: +1 509-699-2080

Website: Camping in Stehekin

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3. Take a dip in Lake Chelan

Breakin' at the Lake starts tomorrow! It's going to be good! www.lakechelan.com/breakin-at-the-lake

Posted by Lake Chelan on Thursday, 2 April 2015

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Posted by Lake Chelan on Sunday, 21 June 2015

You can’t come to the lake in the summer and not take a dip! Summer is the perfect time to break out your swimwear and take the plunge. Watersports are popular recreational activities during the warmer months. Lake Chelan will be buzzing with energy with vacationers being pulled across the glistening surface on wakeboards and water skis, canoeists and kayakers paddling in unison, parasails gliding across the air, and sails catching wind in this boater’s paradise. Lake Chelan’s upper basin, called the Lucerne Basin, is where divers can dive to a depth of 1,486 feet (452 meters) below sea level! This is among the nation’s top 3 deepest gorges. Bring proper equipment or rent it if you plan on going deep as the waters run cold beneath the hot Chelan weather.

Lake Rider Sports Chelan

Address: 360 West Manson Highway, Chelan, WA 98816

Price: from 20 USD

Opening Hours: 9 am - 7 pm. Windy or rainy conditions may cause their hours to change

Duration: around 1 hour required

Contact: +1 509-885-4767

Website: Lake Rider Sports Chelan

Board Lake Chelan

Address: 7750 S Lakeshore Rd, Chelan, WA 98816

Price: from 150 USD to 200 USD

Opening Hours: 9 am - 7 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Contact: +1 360-980-0089

Website: Board Lake Chelan

Pirate's Cove Parasail

Address: 1230 W Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Price: from 40 USD

Opening Hours: 9 am - 8 pm

Duration: around 1 hour required

Contact: +1 509-682-3600

Website: Pirate’s Cove Parasail

Shoreline Watercraft & Boat Rentals

Address: Lake Chelan Shores, Chelan, WA

Price: from 45 USD

Opening Hours: 7.30 am - 10 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Contact: +1 509-682-1515

Website: Shoreline Watercraft & Boat Rentals

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4. Go white water rafting and ride some rapids

It's almost WHITEWATER SEASON! With the lower-than-average snow pack this year, we expect the biggest whitewater to be...

Posted by Alpine Adventures on Friday, 13 March 2015

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Looking to cool off from the summer heat but yearn for something more thrilling than simply sitting in the shade or swimming? Within the vicinity of Chelan is a network of rivers that has rapids, making for a great white water rafting experience. White water rafting tour operators offer Class 1 to Class 5 river tours. Class 1 river tours are the tamest of the lot, and Class 5 tours are for the bold and adventurous. Whether you like big rapids or leisurely tubing trips, you’re bound to find something that suits your fancy. Although the operators are located about an hour away from Chelan, the journey down the raging river is worth the drive. Minimum requirements for participation vary according to the difficulty of the rafting run.

River Riders

Address: 10860 Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826

Opening Hours: 5 am - 9 pm

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: +1 800-448-7238

Website: River Riders

Methow River Raft and Kayak

Address: 27 Rader Rd, Winthrop, WA 98862-9741

Opening Hours: 9 am - 8 pm

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: +1 509-341-4246

Website: Methow River Raft and Kayak

Alpine Adventures

Address: 300 Riverside Dr., Cashmere, WA 98815

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: +1 800-723-8386

Website: Alpine Adventures

River Recreation

Address: 3113 Main St, Monitor, WA 98836-9800

Opening Hours: 9 am - 7 pm

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: +1 800-464-5899

Website: River Recreation

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5. Visit the evening farmers' market

Farmers Market is hopping! Come on down, we're here till 7!

Posted by Chelan Evening Farmers Market on Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Chelan Evening Farmers Market is tonight! Every Thursday evening from 4pm - 7pm through October 1st! Learn more here http://bit.ly/1CSW8HZ See you there! #WaOriginal #LakeChelan

Posted by Lake Chelan on Thursday, 23 July 2015

The evening farmers’ market is where the local folk gather every Thursday between the months of May and October. In the market you can expect to find a broad selection of home-grown fruits, fresh vegetables, baked goodies, and locally-made cheeses. Apart from just produce, flowers, jewelry, and handmade crafts are among the other treasures you can unearth. Live music adds to the uplifting atmosphere and brings everything together, showcasing a charming small town market. Come down and don’t miss out on the entertainment; the farmers’ market will be a treat for the senses!

Chelan Evening Farmers' Market

Address: Corner of S. Emerson and Wapato Streets, Chelan, WA 98816

Opening Hours: 4 pm - 7 pm. Every Thursday, from May to October

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: Between the Riverwalk Inn and Riverwalk Park

Website: Chelan Evening Farmers’ Market

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6. Celebrate harvest season with Lake Chelan's Crush Festival

Grape Stomping - Pigeage
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Here is a picture from last week at the Tsillan Cellars & Sorrento's Ristorante! Experience the harvest season in Lake...

Posted by Lake Chelan on Monday, 14 September 2015

Stomp grapes like an old-school vintner.

Posted by Lake Chelan on Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumn is a beautiful time in Chelan, especially when Lake Chelan Wine Valley celebrates its annual Crush Festival. Watch as the harvested grapes are tumbled through the press and taste the raw flavor that comes out. Learn more about your favorite wines from winemakers and have a sip with them too. Kick off your shoes and come stomp on grapes the traditional way. There’s plenty to enjoy during Crush Festival so join in the fun of harvest season! The festival runs for 2 weekends in October. Be sure to check the calendar before booking your trip!

Lake Chelan Crush Festival

Address: Lake Chelan Wine Valley

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: director@lakechelanwinevalley.com

Website: Lake Chelan Crush Festival

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7. Witness autumn from above on a seaplane tour

Our Fall Colors tour

Posted by Chelan Seaplanes - 509-682-5555 - Lake Chelan, WA on Friday, 16 November 2012

OK winter you can go away now

Posted by Chelan Seaplanes - 509-682-5555 - Lake Chelan, WA on Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A seaplane flight is a common mode of transportation around Lake Chelan. Several tours are offered in Chelan where you will be flown around by skilled pilots who provide interesting narration along the way. A seaplane tour is also an efficient way to visit the northern end of the lake. A flight from Lake Chelan Valley to Stehekin Valley takes about half an hour, whereas a sail down the lake takes between 4 and 6 hours to get to Stehekin. In autumn, 2 recommended tours are the Fall Colours Tour and the Wine Tasting Tour. The Fall Colours Tour offers a visual treat for your eyes; the warm yellow and brilliant red leaves are quite a sight when seen from above. The Wine Tasting Tour is the perfect way to create a memorable and romantic date.

Chelan Seaplanes Inc

Address: 1328 W Woodin Avenue, Chelan, WA 98816

Duration: around 2 hours required

Contact: +1 509-682-5555

Website: Chelan Seaplanes Inc

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8. Sail down Lake Chelan in the Lady of the Lake

Lake Chelan
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The trip to Stehekin on Wednesday, March 30th. Just enough snow in the mountain tops!

Posted by Lady of the Lake on Thursday, 31 March 2016

If you’re not in a hurry and prefer relaxing during your vacations, a slow boat ride down Lake Chelan is the way to go. The surrounding peaks and calm lake will show you why Lake Chelan is one of the the most photogenic places in the world. This also happens to be the most common mode of travel between Lake Chelan Valley and Stehekin Valley. The sail is more comfortable during non-summer months when it’s slightly cooler, but take note that the schedule for the ferry is different during early and late fall.

Lady of the Lake

Address: 1418 W Woodin Ave Chelan, WA 98816

Price: from 23 USD

Opening Hours: check their schedule here

Duration: around 4 hours required

Contact: +1 509-682-4584

Website: Lady of the Lake

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9. Experience a winter wonderland at Lake Chelan's Winterfest

Here is a picture from last years Lake Chelan Winterfest of the ice sculptures being carved during the fest. We have ice...

Posted by Lake Chelan on Sunday, 8 November 2015

Are you going to do the Polar Bear Splash & then warm back up at the Beach Bonfire during the Lake Chelan Winterfest? Or...

Posted by Lake Chelan on Sunday, 20 December 2015

Lake Chelan’s Winterfest has been around for over 30 years. It started in the 80s and has remained a community favorite since. The festivities include ice sculpture exhibitions, live music, wine and ale tastings, activities for kids of all ages, a massive bonfire, and fireworks. The highlight of the festival is the polar bear splash, where people from all over take the plunge into Lake Chelan during the chilly winter. Splashers get priority placement next to the huge bonfire as fireworks light up the winter sky. Similar to Crush Festival, Winterfest last for two weekends.


Address: Lake Chelan Valley

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: info@lakechelan.com

Website: Winterfest

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10. Zoom around on a snowmobile

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A snowmobile is a vehicle designed to travel on snow or ice and it can be used on open terrain or trails. It is an exhilarating way to get around and enjoy the crisp winter air. Chelan is a snowmobiler’s heaven, as it is home to 200 miles (322 kilometers) of well-marked and groomed snowmobile trails. Getting around on the back of a snowmobile is also a great way to get breathtaking views of Lake Chelan. Trails are uncrowded and warming huts fitted with wood-burning stoves can be found along the way, making Chelan a top pick for avid snowmobilers. Rentals are also available on site.

Echo Valley Snowmobile Rentals

Address: 1800 Cooper Gulch Road, Chelan, WA 98816

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: +1 509-881-1515

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Start packing for all seasons

Picturesque scenery, beautiful weather, lively festivals, and tons of sporting activities, what more would you need for a perfect getaway? With engaging activities to take part in during every season, you’ll never run out of things to try even if you’ve been here before. The most difficult part of visiting Chelan is deciding on a season to swing by, so set a date and start planning how you’re going to spend your time here! Don’t miss out on your next amazing vacation in Chelan.

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