The trail system will also link to the existing waterfront park with its dock, boat launching and camping facilities. In fact, the Chelan PUD is now developing plans for a multi-million dollar facelift of this waterfront park and its facilities which will also contribute to the town’s “livability index”. These two projects will help transform this “sleepy” town into a major recreation center and truly a great place to live.

Ideal Location

But the one thing that also makes this small, quiet, rural community such an ideal place to live is its central location. You’re right on 31-mile long Lake Entiat with all it has to offer in the way of fishing, water skiing, boating, sailing and jet-skiing. You’re just 15 minutes from all the shopping, restaurants and entertainment in Wenatchee. Just 15 minutes up to Lake Chelan and its many recreation opportunities and walking town center. Just 15 minutes up to the new golf course at Bear Mountain Ranch. And in just 15 minutes you can be up into the heart of the Entiat River Valley, flanked on one side by the Entiat Mountains and on the other side by the Chelan Mountains with peaks reaching 9000 feet and above. Here there are plenty of places to go hiking, fly-fishing, hunting, bird watching, snow mobiling, bike riding and much more.

In future articles, we’ll explore each of these recreation opportunities in more detail. If you have some favorite recreation spots of your own, please share!

Robert Yount is a landscape architect and planner with over 30 years of experience designing recreation properties including Bear Mountain Ranch, Clos Chevalle and Hawk’s Meadow all located in Chelan, Washington. His current project, Sun Mesa Preserve, is a planned community near Entiat, Wa featuring large lots, 90% open space, clubhouse, pool and miles of private trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

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