10 Facts About Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan is the largest lake in Washington, and we’re proud to call it home. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the country. But whether you’re a first-time visitor or a native, there’s always something new to learn about Chelan.

“Chelan” comes from a Salish word, “Tsi-Laan,” which translates to “deep water.”

Spring is in full swing at Lake Chelan 💫

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Chelan’s population is estimated at fewer than 4,000 people.

Most of the surrounding watershed area is publicly owned. Some estimates put that number at almost 90%.

Fishing is so popular here that several new species have been introduced to the lake. Native species include various trout and suckers, while non-native species include salmon (and several other types of trout!).

The Chelan area is rich with wildflowers. Varieties include the Yellow Bell, Desert Buttercup, Glacier Lilies, Spring Beauties, Trillium, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Lupine, and Indian Paintbrush. They bloom as early as March, and as late as mid-June.

A trout pulled from Lake Chelan set the record for largest fish caught in Washington.

It’s the third-deepest lake in the U.S. “Deep water” indeed.

Most of the water that enters the lake flows in from the Stehekin River and Railroad Creek.

Beyond the water? Chelan’s Ruby Theatre is the state’s oldest continuously operating theater. Now that’s a pretty fun fact, in our opinion.

Lakeside Lodge and Suites is located right on the waterfront — the perfect Lake Chelan resort for your next visit.

Will we see you soon? Learn more about our Chelan lodging and accommodations here, and some fun outdoor activities you can look forward to here. Find us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the (Cascade) Loop!

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