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North Cascades Region
Lake Chelan State Park
LAKE CHELAN STATE PARK
LAKE CHELAN STATE PARK
7544 S. Lakeshore Road
Chelan, Washington   98816

Reservations: 888-226-7688
Lake Chelan State Park is a 127-acre camping park on the forested south shore of Lake Chelan. The park has 6,000 feet of shoreline, lakeside views and expansive lawns for strolling and playing. The park gets an annual average rainfall of 11 inches. Summer tends to be hot and dry. Annual average snowfall is 42 inches. A coniferous forest and a lake provide respite from summer heat in this Eastern Washington park. A large, sandy beach and boating opportunities attract visitors. Daily ferry service is available to the roadless community at the head of the lake.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The park is open year round for camping and day use.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life. Bears. Bobcats. Chipmunks. Coyotes. Deer or Elk. Raccoons. Squirrels. Chukars. Crows or Ravens. Doves or Pigeons. Ducks. Eagles. Geese. Grouse. Gulls. Hawks. Hummingbirds. Jays. Owls. Quail. Woodpeckers. Wrens. Salmon. Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

The lake was carved by two competing glaciers, the Chelan Glacier and the continental ice sheet. Their back-and-forth movement created the broad lower lake and narrow upper lake.

. Douglas Fir. Ponderosa Pine. Spruce. Apple. Ash. Maple. Oak. Poplar

History of the Area
Native Americans used this site as a home and hunting area for many years. The name "Chelan" is a Salish Indian word meaning both "lake" and "blue water."

The location of a cabin owned by John Stevenson is visible in the park. One of the earliest white settlers in the area, Stevenson was a colorful trapper, blacksmith and ferry operator. He was the first postmaster on the southshore.

In 1880, Col. John Merriam established a military post on the shores of Lake Chelan. Civilian settlers began arriving in 1886, and the town was incorporated in 1902.

According to local lore, Lake Chelan was used as a lure in a real estate scandal of the 1940's. Unsuspecting buyers were sold inferior property in the mistaken belief they were buying property on the shores of Lake Chelan, or so the story goes. The real estate company, when accused, refused to acknowledge ownership. As a matter of public record, 124 acres of Lake Chelan State Park was acquired through a court settlement against a company named Babco, Inc. in 1943.
Camping
The park has 109 tent spaces, 35 utility spaces, one dump station, five restrooms and five showers.

The 35 full utility hookups are left from an older park and are not designed for the modern RV. The sites have been upgraded, but motorhomes and trailers longer than 30 feet will not be able to enter or use the facilities at this park.

Chelan is extremely popular. Early reservations are a must. To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Boating
In the winter the watercraft launch is open weekends and holidays only, depending on water level.

The park has one single-lane launch with a nearby 28-car parking lot that fills rapidly on weekends. The park offers 495 feet of dock, some of it near the launch and some of it at the opposite end of the park near lakeside camping.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Boats and RVs
KJ Watersports - Coulee City, WAStorage
We rent premium well maintained equipment including SKI BOATS, JET SKIS, and PONTOON BOATS We are located at Sunbanks Lake Resort outside of Electric City, which is 20 minutes from Steamboat Rock State Park, 35 minutes from Sun Lakes State Park, as well as only 5 minutes from Grand Coulee Dam. We also deliver to the surrounding areas. Call 509-681-0283 or 509-633-8079
51.4 miles from park*
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WABoat Rentals
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
34.6 miles from park*


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Picnicking
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.
Nature Programs
The park maintains a roadside monument on Hwy. 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.
Area Attractions
Water Activities Other. Boating (freshwater). Boating (freshwater, non-motorized). 1 boat ramp (freshwater). 495 feet of dock (freshwater). Fishing (freshwater). Personal Watercraft (freshwater). Swimming (freshwater). Water Skiing (freshwater). Bird Watching. 2 Horseshoe pits. Sailboarding



The park offers a large, grassy play field suitable for team sports. There is also a swing set.

Things To Do in the Area
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WAFamily Outting
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
Web Site: leavenworthoutfitters.com
34.6 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 4
October 20 Excellent!!! by H&C
The park was great me and my kids had a great time camping and going to the beach! We cant wait to come back and visit again
August 2 Wonderful!!!! by B&A
We went just for the day and loved it!! The park was clean, bathrooms were clean, staff friendly and helpful. We are going to plan a week long trip next summer!!
July 1 really hot in august by k.p.
We went there in august, it was really nice nice scenery lots of space not that much privicy though, and it was really hot evan at night. It was so hot all our marshmellow melted together, and not really much to do but walk around, and go swimming on the beach which is not hat big and there were scraps of wood in the water, but we had lots of fun anyway.
March 24 The best campground ever by JoJene
We have been coming for 5 years now with our 3 kids. My son is now a parent himself and last year they all came with us. We love the clear water, clean bathrooms, store, and childrens play area. You can go for a walk, swim, rent a jetski or just enjoy the campsite. Something for everyone here.
July 17 Had a wonderful time by Twilight
This was our first time at Lake Chelan. What a wonderful campground. For the most part it was quiet. Very clean and well maintained. The highlight for us was the lake. Crystal clear water and very clean. The bathroom facilities are very basic - no soap - and you have to pay to shower - which is standard. Next time we will make sure we have a site closer to the beach and/or kids playground. We really enjoyed this campground!
July 8 4th of July at Lake Chelan by Kristin Graham
Our family spent our first 4th of July at Lake Chelan (2009). The lake is beautiful as always but more importantly to us, the camp hosts and staff were exceptionally wonderful! For such a busy weekend, everyone working the park was so kind and courteous. Thank you for a great camping experience.
July 1 One of a kind
I have been taking my kids camping there for 15 years. Now they are 21, 20, 16 and still look forward to it each year, they have promised me that we will continue this annual trip even when they have to roll me in, Its beautiful!
June 20 Lake Chelan
We absolutly LOVE Lake Chelan! We have been camping there for 5 years!!! It is a great place for family bonding, my husband, and 3 kids adore the lake so much!!! I highly reccomend Lake Chelan!!!
June 10 i love this camping site by meraj
i love everything about this place well mostly everything, its always fully book everytime we try to book our camping here, but other than that this is the most amazing place
May 12 Labor Day Weekend 2008 by Greg and Debi Bell
This is the best camping.Very quite and peaceful. We brought our boat it was nice. Thank You for a great weekend!!
July 28 AMAZING
WE HAD ONE OF THE BEST TIMES EVER! MY FIRST TIME IN CHELAN AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND MORE THAN I EVEN EXPECTED.


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Directions
Located nine miles west of Chelan, Wash.

Northbound from Wenatchee : On U.S. Hwy. 97A, drive nine miles north of Entiat and turn left onto SR 971. Continue seven miles until highway ends at South Lakeshore Road. Turn right, then immediately turn left into park entrance.

Southbound from Chelan : Take Hwy. 97A south. Three miles south of Chelan, turn right on South Lakeshore Rd. Proceed six miles on Lakeshore Rd., and turn right into Lake Chelan State Park.

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