The remote beauty of the North Cascades is a draw for many travelers, and there’s no better place to experience it than in Stehekin. Stehekin is a remote village located on the very northeast edge of Lake Chelan, and it is only accessible by boat, seaplane, or on foot. The name comes from a Native American word meaning, “the way through.” This is a quiet destination for those who love to camp, fish, hike, and relax.

If you’re looking to “rough it” overnight or for a few days, there are campsites and rustic cabins available. More information on lodging at Stehekin can be found at If roughing it isn’t really your thing but you’d still like to visit, your best bet is to take the Lady of the Lake ferry. The ferry departs from Chelan and makes daily trips to Stehekin, docking for about 3 hours. Be warned though – once you see how beautiful the area is, three hours might not feel like enough time to take it all in.

Lake Chelan, Stehekin, WA.

What to do in Stehekin

Stehekin is one of those rare places where you can truly experience the land as it was hundreds of years ago. Except for its 75 permanent residents, a few shops, historic buildings, and restaurants, Stehekin is pure nature. It’s not somewhere you go if you want to shop or enjoy gourmet dining. The best activities are the ones that take you away from the rest of the world and back to the tranquility of your natural surroundings. Some of the things you can do in Stehekin are listed below. For more information on each activity, please visit

  • Bicycle Tours
  • Bus Tours
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • River Rafting