Things to Do in Manson, Washington
When visiting the Chelan Valley you’ll have an array for every visitor! With over 30 wineries in the area, Lake Chelan has wine tasting experiences for a serious connoisseur or for someone who just enjoys wine. From limousine tours to the annual Crush Festival, you are assured a fabulous time and a variety of fabulous local wines. Check out some of the wineries and vineyards here!
- Water Sports–
Wapato Point Resort is located within minutes of Lake Chelan, and is the perfect place to do some water activities! Lake Chelan is over 50 miles of pristine blue water! Some favorite activities you can do include: Boating — Bring Your Own or Rent, Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving, Canoe & Kayak, and Water Skiing and Wakeboarding.
Fourteen major trails with starting points for 250 miles of maintained summer trails. Trails in the back-country include over 60 miles of varied terrain north and south of Lake Chelan. These trails are open to motorcycles, horses, mountain bikers and hikers. The Chelan Ranger District contains 422,000 acres!
- Thrills and Tours–
With a beautiful scenery, there are so many different outdoor tours where you can enjoy the stunning views of Lake Chelan, the Columbia River and surrounding mountains! Some activities include: Skydiving, Bike Tours, Helicopter Rides, Parasailing, Hang Gliding and Para Gliding!
With over 70 acres of terrain, the snow activities are endless! There’s great family fun at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area, with sledding and tubing in addition to skiing and snowboarding! Further up the road you have great cross country skiing at Echo Ridge, with miles of groomed. With 170 miles of well-marked, groomed trails, snowmobilers agree that the spectacular scenery makes the Lake Chelan area ideal!
What To Pack
Packing for this destination in the winter time is fairly easy. Bring lots of warm things, like, so many warm things. If you are skiing, it’s a good idea to bring things to layer, so you can remove items if it gets warmer. Obviously, don’t forget the skis, snowboards and other gear related to shredding snow. In the summertime, travelers should make sure they bring comfortable clothes that can help them relax! If you will be hiking, make sure that you bring boots and bug spray! Even in the hottest summer months the temperature can get down at night, so it’s a good idea to bring long pants and sweatshirts/coats to make sure you are comfortable. Other than that, travelers may want to bring along some clothes for a night out on the town as some of the restaurants are quite nice.
There are a couple different ways you can get around Manson, Washington. There are shuttle services, taxis and even chauffeurs. Some people will actually rent a limousine for special occasions. For more information, visit Transportation Services. Or, if you plan on renting a car, check out this article on our Sundance Vacations Blog for some tips on how you could save money.
- January- Lake Chelan Winterfest
- February- Red Wine & Chocolate
- March- Lake Chelan Taste of the Irish
- May- Spring Barrel Tasting in Lake Chelan
- August- Lake Chelan Rodeo
- October- Lake Chelan Wedding Show
|Transportation to Destination||Amount of Time|
|Manson Bay Park||2 Minutes|
|Drive to Echo Valley Ski Area||20 Minutes|
|Drive to Seattle||3 Hours 22 Minutes|
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- The name Chelan is a Salish Indian word (“Tsi-Laan”) meaning “Deep Water.”
- At 1,486 feet deep, Lake Chelan is one of the deepest lakes in the world.
- There are around 100 glaciers that drain into the lake, located on the surrounding mountain peaks.
- There are over 300 days of sunshine in Chelan annually.
- The Chelan population is normally around 4,000 people, but it can grow to 25,000 people during the summer months.