Lake Chelan Facts

  • Lake Chelan is the deepest Gorge in North America
  • Lake Chelan is the third deepest fresh water lake in the United States
  • The population of Chelan is 3,500 - 4,000
  • The primary industries are tourism and agriculture
  • The Lake was formed by glaciers of 11,000 years ago
  • The name Chelan is from an old Indian word meaning "Deep Notch"
  • Lake Chelan is in a sun belt and receives up to 300 days of sun each year
  • There is road to only the first 20 miles of 55 mile long Lake Chelan
  • The surface of the Lake is 1,000 feet above sea level
  • At the deepest point the Lake is 386 feet below sea level