Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park

4.2
#8 of 10 in Nature in North Cascades National Park
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is a U.S. National Recreation Area (NRA) located about 35mi south of the Canada–US border in Chelan County, Washington. It encompasses an area of 61958acre including the northern end of Lake Chelan and the surrounding area of the Stehekin Valley and the Stehekin River. The area is managed by the U.S. National Park Service as part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex.
Lake Chelan NRA is adjacent to the North Cascades National Park South Unit. There are no roads that lead into Lake Chelan NRA. The recreation area and Stehekin, a small town located within the park with fewer than 100 permanent residents, are accessible only by floatplane or passenger ferry from the south end of Lake Chelan near the town of Chelan, Washington. The area can also be accessed by hiking trails through the Cascade Range during the summer months. During the summer, an off-road bus service operated by the NPS carries weary hikers to the town from the Pacific Crest Trail.
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  • Drove through this beautiful area while doing the North Cascades Scenic loop drive. Just stunning. Beautiful properties along the lake and nearby farming areas.  more »
  • 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 weeke...  more »
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  • Beautiful place
  • Amazing area! So pretty and relaxing. Be careful outside of the summer season as most things are closed. You cannot drive here nor will you have any internet or cell reception. A great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Rent some bikes and go see Rainbow falls. Take a hike and enjoy the views. Relax on the lakeshore and watch the sunset.

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