Situated on the eastern slopes of the Northern Cascades, Lake Wenatchee State Park is an ideal weekend getaway for families or groups of friends. Like many valleys in this part of the Cascade Mountains, the basin that is now Lake Wenatchee was carved out by a massive glacier during the last ice age, around 15,000 years ago. Today, this 2,480-acre lake is fed by surrounding glaciers and snowmelt by way of several tributaries, including Little Wenatchee River and White River.
The park is bisected by the outflowing Wenatchee River, creating north and south sections with their own campgrounds and shore access. The south campground and day use area has more extensive amenities, including playgrounds, horseback riding, a boat ramp, horseshoes, and even a general store. The north campground is slightly less developed, though it does have its own small playground, access to more hiking trails and plenty of beach to play on.
During the warmer months, wade or paddle over to Emerald Island from the beach, take a guided horseback tour through the woods, hike the 8 miles of trails in the park, or play volleyball on the beach. In the colder months, try your hand at winter camping and take advantage of the north loop and south loop snowshoe and cross-country skiing trails.