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Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

North Cascades National Park, WA
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RV holiday

Drove through this beautiful area while doing the North Cascades Scenic loop drive. Just stunning... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2017
Margot E
Gladstone, Australia
via mobile
Lake is gorgeous in summer

The lake looks very beautiful in summer. Water activities are relatively cheaper compared to some... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2016
Gnayak P
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Recreational area in the southern half of the park.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible10%
11 Jan 2017
“RV holiday ”
16 May 2016
“Lake is gorgeous in summer”
North Cascades National Park, WA
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Drove through this beautiful area while doing the North Cascades Scenic loop drive. Just stunning. Beautiful properties along the lake and nearby farming areas.

Thank Margot E
Reviewed 16 May 2016

The lake looks very beautiful in summer. Water activities are relatively cheaper compared to some other places like Lake Tahoe, Hawaii etc. Good place for folks in the Seattle region to go for a weekend. There are quite a few rentals available as well.

Thank Gnayak P
Reviewed 26 September 2015

Wonderful scenes along the lake. Much different from the wet western side of the Cascades. Great for boating, hiking, picnics!

1  Thank Raintree_Thailand
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Just spent our 6th or 7th straight year at the state park. As usual, it was great. The biggest change that we noticed from previous years was that the snack shack has stopped doing any fried food. No fries, burgers, etc. I guess if you...More

1  Thank adognamedrocky
Reviewed 20 July 2015

Beautiful lake. Warm to swim. Ideal place for families. Good stop for anyone driving through. The town is small and charming and easy to stay or get a bite to eat.

1  Thank MEAK
Reviewed 15 July 2015

beautiful mountain views change with each turn on the lake, and the view on the way back to Chelan looks different than the way you came, just by facing the opposite direction. Boat ride is long because the lake is so long, but scenery is...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 September 2014

went for a week of camping with my daughter and here family. Well kept campground along side the recreation area, showers and toilets maintained. Happy to see lots of recycling areas. Plenty of shops and restaurants around. Beautiful beach area, cons: water was very cold...More

Thank colettethelpn
Reviewed 27 July 2013

Hiking, opportunities for fishing, biking, rafting, kayaking, and horse-back riding on future visits! Many good hiking maps and books available.

1  Thank Mert T
Reviewed 4 April 2013

Hi readers! After traveling to almost every State in the Nation, I have to admit, Washington has it all...well, at least in the summer, which is the only time I've been there. I was visiting friends in Seattle, and ended up at Lake Chelan. The...More

7  Thank Debra S
Reviewed 17 October 2012

The town of Chelan has really grown. It's crown jewel is the beautiful crystal clear water of Lake Chelan. The area is very interesting. There are so many changing views traveling through the area. We will visit again.

4  Thank busymom11
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