Lake Chelan State Park

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Reserve your campsite early, wait for summer with growing anticipation, then join the ranks of visitors who make Lake Chelan a family tradition.

This social camping park pulses with life in the summer. Generations of families return to the blue lake every year; they even try to book the same campsite they’ve used since the 1960s and ‘70s. But, while they’ll jockey online for their favorite spot, veteran Chelan-goers happily share this gem with first-timers, and many lifelong friendships begin there. 

Lake Chelan State Park has a long, sandy beach, shaded picnic tables and a calm lagoon. The 50.5-mile lake, with a depth of 1,486 feet, draws boaters, sailors, anglers, water skiers, windsurfers and seasonal residents. The area features some of the finest hiking trails in Washington, and adventurous hikers make the park their base from which to explore the North Cascades. For visitors hoping to chill out in their camp chairs, float the lagoon in a raft and soak up the homey atmosphere with family and friends, this place cannot be beat.

Park features


Lake Chelan State Park is a 139-acre camping park on the forested south shore of Lake Chelan. The park has 6,000 feet of shoreline and the beach is accessible by stairs. The park gets an annual average rainfall of 11 inches. Summer tends to be hot and dry. Annual average snowfall is 24 inches.
  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

ADA amenities/facilities


  • Campground
  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail
Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities.

Picnic & day-use facilities


The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity plus 52 unsheltered picnic tables. All are available first come, first served. Be advised the parking area is small and fills early on weekends.

Activities


Trails


  • 0.2 miles of ADA hiking trails
  • 2 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features


  • 495 feet of dock
  • Beach exploration
  • Boating
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Sailboarding
  • Swimming
  • Watercraft launch
  • Waterskiing

Other activities & features

  • Bird watching
  • Children's playground
  • Horseshoe pits (2)
  • Stand up paddleboard rentals
  • Volleyball court
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive opportunities


The park maintains a roadside monument on SR 97A at Earthquake Point. This monument describes an earthquake and landslide that occurred many years ago. The force of the quake was so great that a landslide blocked the Columbia River for several days.

Another monument stands one mile east of the park. At this site, in 1945, a school bus carrying the children of Southshore residents plunged into the lake after hitting rocks that had fallen onto the roadway. The bus driver and a number of children died in the accident. The monument was erected and is maintained by the families of the children.

Additional information


  • The park offers a large, grassy play field suitable for team sports.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Printable park brochure.