Canoeing in Stehekin

The name "Stehekin" is based on a Salishan word meaning "the way through." The Stehekin Valley has long served as a passageway for travelers, linking Washington’s interior wilderness to the rugged Cascade Mountains. Today Stehekin offers vistors an escape from the hustle of the modern day world. Nestled at the headwaters of Lake Chelan, the third deepest lake in America, the Stehekin community lives life a little slower.

Connected to the outside world only by foot, boat or plane, the voyage to Stehekin is part of your experience and once you’ve arrived a variety of historical, cultural, and outdoor activities will connect you with the majestic surroundings. Stehekin serves as a hub to explore the 61,949-acre Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and a gateway to the rest of the North Cascades National Park Complex, Stephen Mather Wilderness, and adjacent National Forest Wilderness Areas.

For more information, please visit the links below or contact the Golden West Visitor Center at 509-699-2080, ext 14.

Things to Know
Getting to Stehekin

There are limited services during the off-season (October-May). The Golden West Visitor Center is closed and there is no shuttle. The park is open year-round with recreation opportunities - hiking, fishing, boating (fall and spring) and ski or snowshoe and wildlife viewing (winter).


Cultural History of Lake Chelan
Deep Waters - An auto or boat tour of the people and places of Lake Chelan

Buckner Orchard
The Buckner Orchard is home to the annual apple Harvest Festival in October each year. Visit the orchard and homestead on your next visit to to Stehekin.

Last updated: July 24, 2017

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Mailing Address:

810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284


(360) 854-7200

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