Lake Chelan State Park is a 139 acre public recreation area and nature reserve located on the southwest shore of Lake Chelan, and on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. In 1942, Washington State made a large land purchase and allocated part of the land for Lake Chelan State Park. Today, the park attracts visitors from all over thanks to its range of camping, picnicking, hiking, boating, and water activities.
Unusual for Washington, this park is known for its expansive 6,000 ft sandy beach, shaded picnic tables and a large, crystal lagoon spanning 55.5 miles in area, with water as deep as 1,486 feet. Subsequently, the lagoon draws boaters, sailors, anglers, water skiers, windsurfers, and fishers as well. Without a doubt, Lake Chelan is the most famous part of this park. However, don’t let its splendor captivate you too long- because there area is full of amazing hiking as well.
In fact, the park features some of the finest hiking trails in Washington, from which adventurous hikers make the park their base to adventure in the North Cascades. If hiking isn’t your thing however, chill out in a camp chairs under a nice shaded tree, paddleboard out to the center of the lagoon, and then finish your day taking in the cozy atmosphere with at your campsite with family and friends. When it comes to fun for everyone, Lake Chelan State Park is sure to please.
While the park is open year round, it really comes alive during the summer. Visiting Lake Chelan is a long standing tradition for many local families and friends. Consequently, as soon as school retires for the summer, swaths of families return to the blue lagoon every year for their annual lake trips and family outings. And you better believe they have a preference for the “family campsite” that they’ve probably used since the 70s. You’ll want to reserve your campsite well in advance if you’re planning to join the ranks of Lake Chelan regulars.
Even then, veteran Chelan-goers happily share their beloved campground with newcomers, and a number of lifelong friendships are formed here. Get your family and friends together, and come make Lake Chelan a new tradition this Summer (or avoid the crowds and visit sooner!)
Go here when Seattle is cold! We liked camping here and had a lot of fun at Lake Chelan even though it’s a bit “spring break-y”
Beautiful lake to experience a peaceful retreat with friends and family.
Most of the campsites here are on top of each other. Not much privacy. With that being said the walk in sites along the lake are amazing. The walk in on most of them is not much more than a normal site (down a few steps). Clean bathrooms with flushing toilets and showers. Campsites were clean as well
Big camping area with Great Lake access. It was a bit crowded but it’s to be expected during the final week of summer. Lake was nice and cool.
We’re do I start … this place it awesome !! Itnseaf for a bar crawl it’s a winery crawl some of the best and good!! This town hav it all casino food drink night life water sports great people !!! Clean clean clean !!
What else can I say than we truly loved Chelan! We fell in love with this campsite last summer and already have our reservation confirmed for this summer!
This RV and tent campground is huge and we got a spot right on the lake, which was unforgettable! We made fires by the lake and had a very private tent site. The restrooms were quiet and clean, and there is so much to do in the nearby surrounding area! Highly highly recommend!
Make sure you've brought your Discovery Pass. Easily reservable online campsites for tent/car camping as well as RV and group sites. Great for kids, as there is a large playground, beach area, and even a camp store with ice cream (and pretty much anything else you'd need including $4 ketchup). ;) It can get pretty hot in the summer, but when temps soar, book site 108. It's a longer walk to the campsite, but it's right next the river amongst the trees and easily sits at about 10 degrees cooler. (Bring warm sleeping gear for this site.)
This was our first time at Lake Chelan since we our new to the PNW. We wanted to go somehwere for Mothers Day since the weather was going to be beautiful! So with this being our son (who is two) first official camping trip we wanted to make sure there would be stuff to keep him occupied. With that being said he had a blast! The water was still a little chilly but he was able to dip his toes in the water and get a little wet. There was also a nice playground for him to play on as well. We got one of the water sites so we had a nice veiw of the lake from our tent 🙂
This state park is super close to the lake and has the quality amenities of a state park with showers, accessible firewood, and clean toilets. Only down side is that it feels like your neighbor is in your tent due to the proximity of the camp sites, but totally worth it for the lake access.
On the water and next to all of the activities that Chelan has to offer… we love to come out her and instead of staying in the over priced and packed hotels we camped. But don't kid yourself the campgrounds fill out but find your space in the golf courses or out on the water.
Bring your clubs and a floating device of some sort. Even if you only have a floatie you will have a great time!