Boating
It doesn’t take much boat-driving experience to rent Bayliners, pontoon boats, or other easy-riding vessels that can tow water-skiers or just serve as a floating beer cooler.

Rentals start at $60 per hour, shorelineofchelan.com

 

 

Jet Skiing
The water version of motorcycles are so popular, they create a kind of ubiquitous roar over the lake on summer weekends.

Rentals start at $40 per hour, jetskisahoy.com



Fishing
There’s no Loch Ness–style monster in Chelan, but the water does harbor lake trout and some kokanee, or landlocked sockeye salmon, in its depths; outfitter Terry Allan has guided anglers that caught record-size lake trout.

Trips start at $100,  fishlakechelan.com



Ziplining
It takes mere seconds to speed down the 880-foot line Tunnel Zip Lines calls the Gallows, which starts with a trap door and ends with a flight over orchards and vineyards.

$60, tunnelziplines.com

 

Electric Biking
Anyone over 18 can rent an electric bike that requires minimal pedaling, but guided three-hour tours include stops at swimming holes, a fish hatchery, and a winery.

Rentals start at $40 per hour, tours $70, chelanelectricbikes.com

 


Parasailing

Picture water-skiing, but replace the skis with a parachute as you’re towed behind a speedboat, ascending 300 feet into the air.

$80, chelanparasail.com

  


Hiking
The butte that abuts downtown Chelan has trail and jeep tracks that offer lake views (and rattlesnakes), but the three-mile path to the Chelan Dam that leaves from the town’s boat launch includes geologic and historic placards. 

lakechelan.com/hiking-trails

  


Skiing
In winter, the rope tows and Poma lift at Echo Valley will thrill downhill beginners, and a tubing hill and lodge fireplace make the most of a modest mountain less than 10 miles from the lakeshore.

Tubing $10, lifts $25, echovalley.org



Published: August 2013

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