Lake Wenatchee State Park
Climb a mountain, ride a horse or try stand up paddling. Settle into your camp chair and soak your feet in an alpine lake. Kick back with a book, teach the kids to swim – or do it all – at Lake Wenatchee State Park.
Lake Wenatchee is a Northwest icon, a clear blue lake surrounded by mountains. Though its shallow lagoon is perfect for pint-sized swimmers, the 5-mile-long lake is 244 feet deep at its greatest depth and is a popular destination for boaters and windsurfers. Beginning kayakers and standup paddlers can rent boats and boards at the lake and navigate the calmer waters near the shore.
Take a guided trail ride on a gentle horse, or hike through a highland forest. Bring your bike for the miles of bike trails, or hike up Dirtyface Peak on adjacent Forest Service land, a 9-mile trail boasting 3,950 feet of elevation gain and stupendous views.
Camping is available year round at Lake Wenatchee. In winter, experience the challenge of snow camping with heated restrooms and warming shelters. Whether you prefer powder or sunshine, Lake Wenatchee offers ample opportunity to try new things. Not only will you have a blast on vacation, you'll come back with some serious bragging rights. Select the video tab below to view the promotional video and see everything Lake Wenatchee has to offer.
Lake Wenatchee State Park is a 492-acre camping park with 12,623 feet of waterfront on glacier-fed Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee River. Located 16 miles from the Bavarian theme town of Leavenworth, the park is a natural wildlife area, and visitors should be aware of the presence of bears and other natural dangers.
Lake Wenatchee Sno-Park
In winter, Lake Wenatchee is transformed. With the season's ample, powdery snows the lakeside trails, gentle hills and nearby Nason Ridge and Chiwawa Sno-Parks become a premier, non-motorized winter playground with Switzerland-like views.
Opportunities include more than 30 miles of groomed cross-country and skate ski trails, a groomed sled hill, 10 miles of marked snowshoe trails, and winter camping with heated restrooms and showers.
In the Lake Wenatchee South Park area you’ll find winter camping, the sledding hill and groomed ski trails. Snowshoe trails begin on the Lake Wenatchee shore and tie into routes across the Kahler Glen Golf and Ski resort all the way to the top of Nason Ridge. Ski and snowshoe trails range in skill level from beginner to advanced.
Set up your tent next to a fire ring on the shore of the lake where the views are stunning! Practice winter snow camping skills with the comfort and security a clean, heated restroom and cleared roadways.
Bring your pup! Chiwawa Sno-Park offers the unique opportunity to ski or snowshoe with your dogs after 10 a.m.
Come enjoy the snow! But don’t forget the Special Groomed Sno-Park permit for your vehicle. Discover Passes are not valid during the Winter Recreation season.
- View updated trail grooming report
- Want to receive the daily grooming report? Contact the park at (509) 763-3101.
- Picnic area
Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities.
Picnic & day-use facilities
The park offers two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus 54 unsheltered picnic tables. Picnic tables are available first come, first served.
One kitchen shelter is reservable and accommodates 20 to 50 people and includes six picnic tables and four cooking grills. Water, fire pits and restrooms are nearby.
The second kitchen shelter is available first come, first served. It accommodates eight to 12 people and includes one picnic table, a fireplace and two cooking grills.
- 5 miles of horse trails
- 7 miles of biking trails
- 8 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
- 16 feet of dock
- Fishing (freshwater)
- Personal watercraft use
- Watercraft launch
- White-water kayaking
Winter activities & features
- Cross-country skiing
- Dog sledding
Other activities & features
- Beach exploration
- Bird Watching
- Fire circles
- Mountain biking
- Volleyball field
- Wildlife viewing
During summer months, both Junior Ranger programs and various evening programs are held. See park booth for information on schedules and updates. During winter months, the park features a 1.1-mile interpretive snowshoe trail.
- Mountain climbing and rock climbing available in surrounding area.
- As the park is in bear country, coolers must be stowed.
- The park has playground equipment.
- The area receives an average of 150 inches of snow during the winter months and offers groomed sledding hills and more than 25 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, as well as marked snowshoe trails, and winter camping. For current snow conditions and grooming reports visit online.
- A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Printable park brochure (PDF).
Located in Chelan County on Lake Wenatchee, the park has one watercraft launch and 16 feet of dock for handling purposes. Boat rentals are available. Launching a boat at a state park requires one of the following:
- An annual launch permit (Natural Investment Permit); or
- An annual Discover Pass and a daily launch permit; or
- A one-day Discover Pass and a daily launch permit. A daily watercraft launching permit for $7 and a trailer dumping permit for $5 is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.
A life jacket loaner station is located at the boat launch, courtesy of the Local Fire and Rescue Fire Fighter Association. The life jacket loaner station is to give all visitors, especially children, access to life jackets for the duration of their time in or on the water. In Washington State, children are required to wear life jackets at all times when underway in a vessel under 19 feet in length.
Latitude: 47º 48' 36.72" N (47.8102)
Longitude: 120º 43' 32.52" W (-120.7257)
The park has 155 standard campsites, 42 partial-hookup sites, one dump station, seven restrooms and 16 showers. In addition, the park provides two ADA campsites. Call (509) 763-3101 for more information.
The south campground (sites 1 - 100) has parking pads 30 to 40 feet in length, with only two pull-through sites. Larger RVs and fifth-wheelers should use the north campground (sites 101 - 197) which includes 42 large pull-through utility sites. Maximum tents allowed are one family tent or up to two 2-3 man tents. Maximum vehicles allowed are two per site, additional vehicles may park in overflow areas.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
The park offers a group camp that accommodates 20 to 80 people. Only tent camping is allowed in the group camp. Fees vary with size of the group.
Reservations & fees
Services & supplies
A park concession offers firewood, propane and white gas, plus an assortment of camping goods, food, and snacks. A horse concession provides one and two-hour guided rides. No public stables are available. Collection of firewood within the park is prohibited. Firewood is available for purchase in the park and at local retailers.
- Horse Stable
- Park store
- White gas
- Auto repair
- Boat rental
- Horse rental
- Overnight accommodations
- Pay phone
- Postal service
- Recreational equipment
- White gas