Motors Allowed?
Easy / Class A
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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.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Day Use/Boat Launch


Two rivers to explore. Plenty of camping. Fishing.


Remote. Lots of boat traffic. Hidden logs in river sections.


Campgrounds + Campsites

Site characteristics: Water


Portage required



Nearby Adventures

Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, Washington
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, Washington
Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, Washington
Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, Washington


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