The image of Lake Wenatchee is iconic – a clear blue, glacier- and snow-fed lake surrounded by the stunning Cascade Mountain Range in the state of Washington. The lake is sunny and warm during the summer with a shallow lagoon – perfect for pint-sized swimmers!
Ready to take a dip this summer? Check out our list of tips for a fun-filled day at the lake:
Is Lake Wenatchee safe to swim in?
Lake Wenatchee has a shallow roped off area designated for swimming on the south side of the state park. At times the wind can pick up causing choppy water, but it is usually calmest close to the shore.
How deep is the lake?
The 5-mile-long lake is 244 feet deep at its greatest depth and is a popular spot for windsurfers and boaters.
Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle-boarding
The calmer shores are a great place to grab a paddle and explore this scenic lake. The south side of the park is the easiest place to launch with parking closest to the water. Looking to rent equipment? Lake Wenatchee Adventures offers kayak and SUP rentals daily from 10-6:30 during the summer. They are located at the south entrance near the swimming beach.
Getting to the lake
Lake Wenatchee State Park is located 16 miles from Leavenworth. From US Highway 2, take a turn at Cole’s Corner north on State Route 207. The official swimming beach is located in the day-use area on the south side of the park. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, you can also access the water on the north side beach, where there is a lovely sandy beach.
Is a pass required?
Lake Wenatchee State Park requires a Discover Pass in spring, summer and fall. The day pass is $10/annual pass $30, and provides you access to millions of acres of state recreation lands in Washington. Remember when you purchase the pass you are helping keep the state’s numerous outdoor recreation sites open and accessible to the public. Leashed pups are welcome to join in on the fun, too!
Stock up for supplies before hitting the lake at Lake Wenatchee Park Store.
This general store trys to remember what you forgot! They sell a wide range of beverages, ice, snacks, ice cream, sand toys, beach towels, and so much more! They are open Monday – Thursday 11-6, Friday 11-7, Saturday 10-8, and Sunday 11-4, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.
Ready to hit Lake Wenatchee this summer?
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