Washington State’s Lake Chelan is located in the North Cascades National Forest. Surrounded by mountains, forest and acres of vineyards, and boasting 300 days of sunshine per year, Lake Chelan is one of the most beautiful vacation spots in the region.
Lake Chelan, Washington: The current water temperature 48.2 °FThe temperature is too cold to swim
Water temperatures vary greatly throughout the year in Lake Chelan with a low of 41F in January and February which rises to approximately 50F in May. Seasonal highs of around 72.5 in late July, through August and September. Sailing conditions are perfect and jet skis and scuba diving gear can be easily hired locally. The Manson vineyards at the northern end of Lake Chelan make for a great day trip and kids will adore the Slidewaters water slides in Chelan.
In winter the nearby skiing is world class, while anglers flock to Lake Chelan in spring and autumn for the abundance of cold water fish species.
14 Days Weather Forecast for Lake Chelan
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Best Time to Visit Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan is accessible from anywhere in the world with flights to Seattle International Airport(SEA) or Spokane International Airport(GEG). The drive to Lake Chelan is a scenic road trip and the lake lies on US Highway 97. However, there are excellent Amtrak rail links from Seattle and Spokane to nearby Wenatchee where local transport is readily available to the town of Chelan.
May to late September are the busiest times, and swimming, sailing and sightseeing are the big attractions, while cycling and hiking in the spectacular surrounding countryside are also popular. Fed by glaciers, Washington State’s biggest lake is 50.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. At 1486ft deep, Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the US and 26th deepest in the world.
During summer, temperatures are approximately 71F in May to 78F in June and September, with annual highs of 86-87F in July and August earning Lake Chelan its name as Washington’s summer playground.
Activities around Lake Chelan
With gorgeous beaches and warm waters in summer you’ll enjoy a relaxing break, but be sure to fetch sunscreen to avoid burning from sunlight reflected by the lake. Bring waterproof clothing in spring or autumn as weather in the Lake Chelan area can change quickly and layers are often the best option.
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