Lake Wenatchee State Park

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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. Enjoy a sled hill, and explore the area's 30-plus miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails (view updated trail grooming report). 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.

Park features

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.

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ada amenities/facilities

  • Campground
  • Picnic area
  • Restroom

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
  • Boating
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Kiteboarding
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Sailboarding
  • Swimming
  • Watercraft launch
  • Waterskiing
  • White-water kayaking
  • Windsurfing

Winter activities & features

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Dog sledding
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling

Other activities & features

  • Amphitheater
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird Watching
  • Fire circles
  • Golf
  • Mountain biking
  • Volleyball field
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive opportunities
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.

Additional information

  • 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).