Seasons in the Valley

The Lake Chelan Valley offers an array of attractions: picturesque hills, a pristine 50.5 mile-long clear lake ideal for boating and water sports, abundant sunshine with over 300 days of sun each year, top-tier golf courses, a renowned wine-tasting locale with 30+ wineries, diverse shopping, dining and music, and the beauty of all four distinct seasons.

Explore iconic Chelan and immerse yourself in a multitude of adventures. From boating and fishing to cycling or paragliding, the options are endless. Discover more about exciting local activities on our Area Attractions page.

In the summertime, Chelan boasts gorgeous weather, clear blue skies, warm temperatures, beautiful Lake Chelan, and inviting downtown shops and restaurants ready for exploration. Make the most of the countless offerings in our valley. During fire season, you can use these links to find more information about fires1 and information about smoke...
Multiple festivals are set for the spring and fall seasons, providing an ideal opportunity to escape and enjoy the charms of the Lake Chelan valley. Embrace February's love-themed festivities during Red Wine and Chocolate, featuring artisan wine and chocolate pairings over two weekends, or immerse yourself in Lake Chelan Crush during two weekends in October.

Embark on a hike up Chelan Butte to Elephant's Head to enjoy spring wildflowers and breathtaking vistas, explore the Chelan County PUD Reach 1 Trail by the Chelan River gorge, or venture along other valley trails. Find more information about hiking and biking on our Area Attractions page.

Chelan winters offer a quieter environment, making it an ideal time to gather with family or friends for a weekend getaway or a week-long retreat. Embrace the comfort of cozy movies and board games, enjoy sledding at the golf course or bowling, or indulge in catered meals – the possibilities are endless!

Echo Valley is one of the best areas for winter activities, conveniently located just 9 miles from downtown Chelan. Here you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding/tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. For snowmobiling, explore the six area snow parks, or venture farther to ski at Mission Ridge (Wenatchee) or Steven's Pass (Highway 2).