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Dhana on Lake Chelan, WA   Total Page Hits: 231

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State: Washington

Date Modified: 07/11/2017 10:50 PM

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For those that live in the Pacific Northwest, Lake Chelan is a great cruising destination.

The lake is approximately 50 nautical miles long. As you travel from Chelan (bottom of the lake) to Stehekin (top of the lake), the scenery changes from a semi-arid climate to a fjord like environment with steep cliffs, deep depths, and snow capped mountain peaks. The water is crystal clear and clean and can even be warm in the late summer months (August and September).

As you travel up the lake, there are many forest service maintained camp grounds with docks that are only accessible from a boat. Each set of docks is about 5-10 miles apart such that you can spend several days cruising up lake and back down stopping at a dock each night.

Winds are usually light or strong...not much in between. Sections of the lake can see extensive chop and swell when the winds pick up. You must always be aware of the docks and campgrounds that provide protection from up lake or down lake winds and plan accordingly.

Once you get past 25 miles, things get very isolated with no cell phone reception or phone service.

Dhana just completed an 80 mile round trip from Manson, WA to Stehekin, WA and back. Spectacular trip with many wonderful views and relaxing moments.

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