Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, which is part of North Cascades National Park, is a haven for adventurers who want to get off the beaten path. Located deep in the Cascade Mountains at the northern end of Lake Chelan, this is one of the most remote spots in the lower 48. You won't get a phone signal, and the only way to get in is by boat or seaplane — unless you're up for the 23-mile hike from the North Cascades Highway to the valley shuttle. The hardy few who make the long journey are rewarded with spectacular mountain scenery and exceptional lakeside hiking. Relax by the water in the small community of Stehekin, or spend your days camping, biking, kayaking, swimming, and fishing.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is remote, but there's plenty to do. On hot summer days, rent a kayak and get out on Lake Chelan; the water is cold but ideal for swimming and fishing. If you're camping or staying at one of the local lodges, rent a bike to explore the Stehekin Valley Road. Hiking is the most popular activity in the region — the recreation area offers a variety of trails to suit hikers of all abilities.

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How To Get To Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

The easiest way to get to Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is by boat. Ferries run to Stehekin from Chelan and Fields Point. To get to the ferry dock in Chelan, take Highway 97 to WA-150 (if you're coming from the south) or Highway 97-A (if you're coming from the north).


Stehekin, WA 98852

Fee: Entry fee $0

Fee: Private Boat fee (per day) $5.0

From May 1 to October 1

With its remote location and gorgeous scenery, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is a chance to get off the grid. With world-class hiking, boating, biking, and fishing, it offers plenty of opportunities for adventure. While RV camping isn't possible due to the lack of roads into the park, you can set up camp in one of the lakeside communities and boat into the recreation area.