Plan a Visit

Visitors to Stehekin will find an outstanding variety of visitor services available throughout the valley. Many of the these services exist because Congress affirmed the following when creating the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area in 1968:

“Many of the yearlong residents of the Stehekin Valley are descendants of the original homesteaders. Some 1700 acres, mostly on the valley floor are in private ownership, and in the past several decades a number of summer homes have been built … The lake … will serve as the primary access for park and recreation visitors approaching from the southeast. The village and the lower valley, therefore, will have considerable use, and development to accommodate these visitors will be necessary. … All of these factors were important in the committee’s decision to create a 62,000 acre recreation area here, instead of giving the area national park status.” Senate Report 700 accompanying PL 90-544