This Lake Wenatchee Village sign that sits very near Lake Wenatchee State Park is just one of many interesting vintage signs in the area that show a little of the wear and tear of North Central Washington life.
Lake Wenatchee sits high up in the Cascade Mountains and is one of the top outdoor recreation destinations in the region. You can go there and participate in all kinds of activities. You can also go there and just enjoy some great chances at relaxation too. Whatever you do in the Lake Wenatchee area, you’ll be doing it in one of the best outdoor areas the state of Washington has to offer.
The gem of the Lake Wenatchee area is, of course, Lake Wenatchee. This beautiful alpine lake stretches for a few miles and is big enough to entertain swimmers, kayakers, boaters, water skiiers, and anglers. There is one island in the lake, Emerald Island, which sits on the eastern end of the lake right where water leaves and forms the Wenatchee River.
On the eastern end of the Lake is Lake Wenatchee State Park. This beautiful state park has sections on both the north and south shores of the Wenatchee River. You can go there and go camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and more. Whether you spend your time down on the sandy beach or up in the trees, you can join the many thousands of families who have gone their for decades for fun in the beautiful outdoors.
Just outside of the state park is the Nason Creek Campground. It and Glacier View Campground on the southwestern shoreline of the lake are the two main national forest campgrounds in the area. You can also find camping options up the White River Valley to the west of Lake Wenatchee, at nearby Fish Lake, up the Chiwawa River Valley, and in the nearby Tumwater Canyon. If camping is what you want to do, the Lake Wenatchee Area is a great place to head towards.
The Lake Wenatchee Area is also home to several very small communities. Right outside the state park sits a few small businesses, including a grocery store, espresso stand, and restaurants. South from the state park and back on Highway 2 is Coles Corner, home to a convenience store and gas station, as well as the 59er Diner and the Squirrel Tree Inn. Further east on Highway 2 is Leavenworth, a Bavarian themed community that is a haven for tourists. Back down the Chumstick Highway, known as the back way to Leavenworth from Lake Wenatchee, is the small town of Plain which is home to more businesses including a popular stop for ice cream cones. There are also a lot of opportunities to rent vacation homes and cabins in these small communities. Lake Wenatchee is a great place to go to experience the outdoors but there are also plenty of chances to visit small communities too.
The Lake Wenatchee Area is also popular because of what it is located near. You can visit or even stay at or near the lake but still be within an easy drive of several other great attractions. The city of Wenatchee and the popular Rocky Reach Dam are just less than an hour to the east. The previously mentioned Leavenworth has a lot to offer, along with the adjacent Icicle Valley, and it is just a half hour away to the east. To the west on Highway 2 is the summit of Stevens Pass, home to downhill skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. There’s plenty to do in the Lake Wenatchee area, but you’ll find there’s pleny to do in the area around it too.
The Lake Wenatchee Area is a great place to visit for a day trip, for a weekend, or even for an extended stay. When you go there you’ll find some great options for accommodations, activities, attractions, and more. Don’t forget though to just sit and enjoy it for a little while because that is one of the best experiences that the Lake Wenatchee Area has to offer.
The Wenatchee River is one of the major rivers in the North Central Washington region. It flows out of Lake Wenatchee and provides a lot of benefits to the visitors and residents of the area. From kayaking to fishing, and so much more, there is a lot to enjoy about this scenic mountain river. Here are five fun facts about the very popular Wenatchee River.
-From where it leaves at Lake Wenatchee to where it empties into the Columbia River, the Wenatchee River travels a total of 53 miles.
-The Wenatchee River flows through seven communities: Plain, Leavenworth, Peshastin, Dryden, Cashmere, Monitor, and Wenatchee.
-Prior to 1899, the Wenatchee River served as the border between Kittitas County and Okanogan County. It was at that time that Chelan County was created out of those two counties.
-The Wenatchee River is home to two dams. The Tumwater Canyon Dam west of Leavenworth and the Dryden Dam just outside the town of Dryden.
-From the time it meets the Wenatchee River on the west end of Tumwater Canyon to the point where the river empties into the Columbia River, Highway 2 crosses the Wenatchee River five times.
Lake Wenatchee is a fun destination where everyone can go to go camping, boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and more. This photo shows the beach area at the lake, a great place for kids and adults.
This photo looks up from the Wenatchee River back into Lake Wenatchee where the river starts from. That small island’s official name is Emerald Island and many people visiting Lake Wenatchee State Park boat and float out there to explore it.
The Plain Grocery Store not only serves the locals that live there, but also those who vacation in the area. This includes the campers from Lake Wenatchee State Park just a few miles away. Plain is a fun and interesting community and offers a peaceful atmosphere.
Plain is a small community located on what locals know as the Chumstick Highway, or the back way from Leavenworth to Lake Wenatchee. This route is a popular scenic drive and also serves as a detour when something goes wrong on US Highway 2 in the Tumwater Canyon. Here is a photo of the Winton Schoolhouse located on the west end of town.
Located near the headwaters of the Wenatchee River and near the entrance to Lake Wenatchee State Park is Lake Wenatchee Village and Parkside Grocery. This is a very fun area to visit and features lots of possibilities for those who like outdoor recreation.
Lake Wenatchee is a fun place to visit in the middle of a beautiful forest. That forest and the many vacation homes and small communities there are protected by among other things, the Lake Wenatchee Fire Department shown here.