We think Lake Chelan is a very special place. Sure, we may be a bit biased since we live and operate a hotel here. But given the choice, we wouldn’t want our hotel to be anywhere else in the world. If you ask other Lake Chelan business owners, they’d probably agree. There’s just something magical and amazing about this lake.
The name, “Chelan” comes from the Salish Indian word “Tsi-Laan,” which means “deep water.” The name is appropriate considering Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the country and the 24th deepest lake in the world. The lake is fed year-round from streams that originate deep in the Cascade Mountains, making it ideal for fishing and swimming. It is consistently ranked one of the most pristine bodies of water in the country.
Activities and Recreation on Lake Chelan
You can’t visit Lake Chelan and not enjoy the crystal blue waters. With so many fun activities, everyone is sure to find one, or many, they love to do. Explore all the ways you can “make a splash” on Lake Chelan!
Myths and Legends
Lake Chelan is a 55 mile-long, glacier-fed lake. It is very narrow; just 1.5 miles at its widest and 1,486 feet at its deepest point. Its depths have conjured legends of lake monsters, including Ogopogo. Native American legends dating back hundreds of years claim Ogopogo devoured all the animals in the land, which left them without food. The people called upon the the Splendid Spirit, who threw down a large stone to kill Ogopogo. Instead of killing the monster, the stone created a huge crater surrounded by mountains that filled with water. Ogopogo then became a sea creature who took refuge in the deep waters, now named Lake Chelan.
Some claim to have seen the lake monster with their own eyes, but don’t worry! As far as we know, Ogopogo has not bothered anyone for many, many years.