How to Stay Cool During Lake Chelan Summers

by | Aug 23, 2022 | Things to Do

Lake Chelan during a hot day

If you’ve recently spent time in Lake Chelan or have kept up with the weather, you’ll know that summers can get quite hot! Now, it seems like everyone’s trying anything they can to beat the heat. 

To make life a lot cooler, here are a few suggestions on how to stay cool in Lake Chelan during summertime.

Chill Out on the Lake

Aerial view of Lake Chelan lake during a beautiful sunny day

What’s big, blue, and great to visit during a hot summer day?

You guessed it. Spending a beautiful afternoon in the cool waters of Lake Chelan. Try one of these great activities the next time you spend the day on the lake:


Cruising around the lake with a boat is a great way to find some great spots on the water to drop the anchor and experience refreshing swims in the crystal blue water. After checking in at Mountain View Lodge, head down the road to Manson Bay Marina, launch your boat and cool off out on the lake water. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for stops at restaurants like Lakeview Drive-In for a meal.

Plenty of boat rental spots along the lake make it easy for you and the family to beat the heat on the lake. Here are a few options to choose from:

Jet skiing

Riding a jet ski on the lake is another great activity that will make you forget the heat. With a jet ski, you have the option of feeling the wind on your face as you cruise the lake while enjoying the scenery. You can also give the throttle a little more juice to feel the speed as you hurtle through the water.


Test your balance by grabbing a paddleboard and hitting the water. You can paddle while standing up or while kneeling. The only requirement is to have fun and chill out on the lake!

Cold Refreshments

A hand holding a milkshake

Beat the heat by sipping on a cold refreshment to take your mind off the heat. There’s no shortage of cold refreshments around Lake Chelan. Plus, they come in many forms!

One spot that we think you’ll enjoy is Tropical Sno, right in the heart of downtown Manson. So if you love downtown Manson and feeling the heat, look for a little shack that looks like a giant snow cone with red on top and enjoy!

If you’re more in the mood for an iced coffee, an ice-cold beer, or a chilled glass of wine, there are plenty of wonderful spots to kick back and enjoy a cool beverage. Here are a few great locations within walking distance of The Lodge:

Chill Out at the Waterpark

Family friendly lazy river at a water park with Lake Chelan in the background

We couldn’t finish our recommendations without telling you about Slidewaters Water Park! This waterpark has everything you need to forget all about the heat and focus on the fun! Enjoy a variety of 19 different ride attractions along with numerous features at this water paradise, including:

  • A lazy river so you can go with the flow
  • A zero-depth beach area to splash around in
  • A variety of slides if you feel like going fast
  • Tube rides for the real thrill-seekers
  • A sandy area to play volleyball
  • Food areas, beer & wine, specialty coffee, and other luscious drinks

We also left the best for last!

People surfing on a controlled wave at Lakeside Surf in Lake Chelan

Once you’re done sliding around the park, head to the Lakeside Surf area. Enjoy their state-of-the-art citywave® wave pool for some safe and controlled surfing in the world’s largest wave pool! The staff is quite welcoming and friendly! They make it fun and easy for you to find your balance and show off your newfound wave-riding skills! Specialty coffees, beer & wine, and a great Taco Bar are also available at Lakeside Surf.

Chill at The Lodge

Pool area at Mountain View Lodge and Resort

We hope that these recommendations have given you some great ideas for using the summer heat to your advantage during your next trip.

If you’re looking to reserve a room at a cool place with a pool to relax in after a long day of fun, look no further!

We love meeting new travelers and welcoming back seasonal travelers as well! If you need assistance planning your trip, call us at (509) 687-9505. Also, ask us about some of the deals and packages we currently offer, as we always add new deals!