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Sailing on Lake Chelan

Does anyone have experience/knowledge about sailing on Lake Chelan?

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Re: Sailing on Lake Chelan

long skinny lake, no wind in AM, and sometimes too much in pm as the different air temps tween the upper arm in the middle of the cascades is cooler than the east end along the columbia. IIRC it is one of, if not the longest natural lakes in the US, Fairly narrow too.

The east end from what I recall from another that used to live there, has a YC and a bit of a racing seen for maybe 6 months of the year. Winter is a no go. Not sure that the lake freezes over per say, but it is generally speaking, below freezing from about mid nov until late march IIRC. I might be a bit longer than actual by a month or so on either end, depending upon different weather patterns etc.


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Re: Sailing on Lake Chelan

Marty pretty much nailed it. The lake can get rough, in a hurry when the winds come roaring down from Stehekin. The ski boats head for the docks when they see the wind coming. The lake gets pretty skinny the further up lake you go, if you like tacking it could be just what you're looking for:-)) Oh, the water is COLD. Beautiful place though.

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