1Chelan County doesn't have a lot of communities,
nor is it the most populated county in the State of Washington. However, it is
located right in the center of the state with easy access from the west side or
the east side. With a rich culture and history you'll want to explore every
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Chelan County is located on the East Slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range in Central Washington State and boast of nearly 300 days of sunshine a year.
Chelan and Douglas counties are on the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains and are separated by the Columbia River. Chelan and Douglas counties have a very diverse geographic area that includes mountains and lakes and flat areas next to the Columbia River. The varied terrain supports the two major industries in the area, tourism and agriculture.
Douglas County is close to the geographic center of the state. Douglas County was created in 1883, named after U.S. Senator Steven Douglas of Illinois who was the chairman of the U.S. Commission on Territories when the Territory of Washington was created. Waterville is the county seat.
"Chelan" derives from a Chelan Indian word meaning "deep water," likely a reference to 55-mile-long Lake Chelan, the third deepest lake in the country, at 1,486 ft (453 m). Boasting all four seasons, Chelan County makes a recreation paradise for all ages! Whether you enjoy snow skiing or water skiing, mountain climbing or trail hiking, golfing or fishing, we have it all! Our location and weather makes Chelan County the playground of the Pacific Northwest.
The legislature created Chelan County in 1899, carving it out of Okanogan and Kittitas counties. Wenatchee is its county seat.
Chelan County ranks third in the state in land area while Douglas County ranks 17th. Both counties are sparsely populated as measured by persons per square mile.
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