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Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking

Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, Washington

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  • A boat anchored offshore on Lake Wenatchee. Clark Mountain (8,602') is barely visible through the haze from the nearby fires.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Paddling up the Little Wenatchee River. Wenatchee Ridge is in the background.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking up the Little Wenatchee River. Nason Ridge is in the background.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Downed trees accross the river made this an excellent turnaround point for the excursion up the Little Wenatchee River.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Breaking for lunch on a nice beach just downstream of the river blockage.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Crusing down a swift section of the Little Wenatchee River.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Dirtyface Mountian looms over the Little Wenatchee River.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Continuing down the Little Wenatchee River.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking down the Little Wenatchee River. Haze from the nearby Carlton Complex Fires is visible.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Clouds, smoke, and haze make for a dramatic skyscape over Lake Wenatchee.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • An unexpected rainshower appears. Nasen Ridge is in the background.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking on Lake Wenatchee.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • The rainstorm moves up the Little Wenatchee River. Mount Mastiff (6,741') is to the left of the kayaker and Labyrinth Mountain (6,376') is to the right.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking southbound on Lake Wenatchee.- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • Daylight peeks though the clouds to the west over Labyrinth Mountain (6,376').- Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
  • - Lake Wenatchee Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Two rivers to explore. Plenty of camping. Fishing.
Cons: 
Remote. Lots of boat traffic. Hidden logs in river sections.
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Region:
Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Day Use/Boat Launch
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Glacially-carved and glacially-fed, Lake Wenatchee has an impressive geological pedigree, and the dynamic mountains and ridges that surround the lake won't let you forget it. During the early migrations of Native Americans, many tribes would stop and hunt for clams and fish along the shore of Lake Wenatchee to stock food supplies for their rendezvous with other tribes along the Washington coast. Today, the lake is still known for its fishing and clamming as well as more modern activities like water skiing and windsurfing.

There are several launch sites along the shore. The largest is located at the south campground on the eastern side of the lake, and there is another at the smaller Glacier View Campground on the southwestern side of the lake. The Little Wenatchee River flows in from the west and provides a fun, windy, river excursion. Fed by glacial runoff from Glacier Peak, White River feeds Lake Wenatchee from the northwest corner of the lake. Surrounding mountains include Nason Ridge to the south, Wenatchee Ridge between the rivers to the west, and Dirtyface Mountain just north of the lake.

 

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