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Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

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Traverse the remote majestic surroundings of the far Northwest and be overcome by the magnitude and tranquility of true wilderness.
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Connect with nature in the heart of the North Cascades. Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is 61,949-acres worth of outdoor playground and natural habitat.

Connect with nature in the heart of the North Cascades. Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is 61,949-acres worth of outdoor playground and natural habitat.

“Wilderness touches the heart, mind, and soul of each individual in a way known only to himself.” — Michael Frome 

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Discover Lake Chelan National Recreation Area—one of the nation's deepest lakes at a depth of 1,500 ft. The average width is less than two miles, but Lake Chelan extends 50 miles into the Cascade Mountains. 

Here, the beautiful Stehekin Valley, with a portion of fjord-like Lake Chelan, adjoins North Cascades National Park. Lake Chelan National Recreation Area rests in a glacially carved trough in the Cascades Range and offers boating, fishing, and lakeshore camping, as well as the remote community of Stehekin. 

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