5 Spots to Get Great Pictures in Lake Chelan

by | Sep 6, 2022 | Things to Do

Beautiful view of Lake Chelan and the mountains during golden hour

When you think of Lake Chelan, beautiful views are probably at the top of your list. So it’s no surprise that Lake Chelan is the perfect destination for capturing breathtaking pictures for anyone in the area. 

To assist you and your camera with getting those stunning shots, check out our top 5 recommended spots to get great pictures in Lake Chelan.

(Important Note: Remember that the best time to capture those “Golden Hour” shots will vary daily as the date changes. So be sure to check out this helpful guide that will assist you in being in the right place at the right time!)

1. Chelan Riverview Park

Chelan Riverwalk Park

First up on our list is Historic Downtown Chelan’s Riverwalk Park. This spot will have you filling up your entire SD card in no time with all the photo opportunities it offers. In addition, Riverwalk Park has memories waiting for you with views of the Columbia River and surrounding hills, an amphitheater, charming walking trails, and ample places to sit and enjoy the weather.

Remember to visit this spot early in the morning or close to sunset, so you don’t miss the Golden Hour. This will provide you with the best natural lighting for your photos.

2. Downtown Manson 

Downtown Manson

If you’re looking for a great photo opportunity, take a 2-minute walk down the road from The Lodge to Downtown Manson. 

This quaint town will provide you with a wide spectrum of perfect shots. Capture Downtown Manson during a beautiful sunset or wait until it’s dark, set your camera up for a long exposure shot, and get an amazing image of the town, preserved storefronts, the Manson Hills, and the stars.

3. Earthlight

Beautiful shot of a sunrise beyond the mountain range at Earthlight

For this next spot, you’ll want to wake up extra early and arrive during the golden hour of sunrise. It will be absolutely worth it. This hiking spot will provide you with the grandest of photo opportunities you could ask for. 

Nestled in the mountains of Orondo is the beautiful campsite, Earthlight. This beautiful location is home to some of the most breathtaking views of the Entiat Mountains and Columbia River.

Luckily, since this spot is a campsite, you can grab a camping spot and capture the greatest photos of the sunrise, the sunset, and the stars at night. 

4. Manson Bay Park

Manson Bay Park during the day

Manson Bay Park is another fantastic spot to bring the camera and get some terrific images of Lake Chelan. Walk just 10 minutes down the road from The Lodge towards the far end of Downtown Manson, and you’ll reach your photo vantage point. 

This beautiful spot is the perfect location to capture the best landscape shots of the mountain range, the lake, and the houses along the hillside. 

If you have a tripod, this would also make for the perfect spot to capture a long exposure shot of the stars at night. 

5. Chelan Falls Park

Chelan Falls Park

Celan Falls park is the perfect location to get great images. This spot allows you to capture landscape shots, sunrises, sunsets, and candid shots with the family and provides a great background for portrait shots.

Be sure to venture over to the shoreline, where you will have the best vantage point of the train bridge with the river and mountain range in the background. 

Picture Perfect Stay at The Lodge

Mountain View Lodge and resort front office during a sunny day

Bring your best camera and all your gear during your next picture-perfect vacation in Lake Chelan, so you don’t miss out on any of these amazing locations. Be sure to reserve your stay with us at The Lodge and take advantage of our deals and packages so you can make the most out of your stay!