Summer Activities, Recreation, Sports in Leavenworth Washington

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Paddleboard Leavenworth! It really is easier than it looks…Paddleboarding is a great exercise and fun for the whole family!

Paddle Board Rentals:

Osprey Rafting Company

Inner Tube Leavenworth on the Wenatchee

Phone: 509-548-TUBE
Das Sonnenhaus Bldg. Plaza
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Cool off in style and enjoy the lazy, late summer water levels of the Wenatchee River!  – Affordable self guided deluxe float tube rentals for the entire family.  You’ll float by the Leavenworth Golf Club, Enchantment Park, Blackbird Island and the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth down to Barn Beach.

Open late June through early September, weather and safe water levels permitting.  During hot weather and holiday weeks there may be extended hours.

River rafting and kayaking in Washington on the Wenatchee River in Leavenworth

White Water River Rafting or Family Floats

The Wenatchee River Valley offers diverse scenery and excellent Class III whitewater rafting. Begin your trip in an alpine setting of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir near the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. Marvel at how the valley becomes increasingly arid and is near desert as it reaches the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Irrigation in the valley is the source of abundant water for the apple and pear orchards that line the river. We run almost 20 miles of river that is characterized by what we call pool and drop water: great rapids like Boulder Bend, Rock n’ Roll, and Drunkards Drop which mellow into easy stretches of gentle water.

There are White Water Rafting and Leisurely summer river floats available.

Read the Story of “Three Rafting Ladies

Check Latest River Conditions

Osprey Rafting Company

Located in Leavenworth at the corner of Highway 2 and Icicle Road right across Icicle Road from the Icicle Village Resort and Icicle Inn. After a day on the Wenatchee River enjoy a great build-a-burger bar at Huck’s Landing and sit by the fire roasting marshmallows. Offering High Adventure Class IV to Family Floats, River Tubing, Kayaking and Scenic Floats. Specializing in Wenatchee River Rafting. See video below.

Phone: 800.743.6269 or 509.548-6800 Osprey Rafting

Blue Sky Outfitters

Located at 900 Front Street, Ste. B, next to the Cold Stone Creamery. Blue Sky Outfitters offers trips daily, with all-inclusive Whitewater Rafting and Whitewater & Wine Adventures on the exciting Wenatchee River. The whole family will love our full day trips that are packed with Whitewater Fun and includes our Blue Sky Top Sirloin BBQ with all the fixings. Blue Sky also offers Wine Tours and Snowshoeing & Wine packages. Phone (800) 228-7238 or (509) 548-1455. Leavenworths premier outfitter since 1982. Blue Sky Outfitters. Blue Sky Outfitters

Orion Expeditions River Rafting

Proving daily unhurried river trips on rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Phone: 800.553.7466 Orion River Rafting

Alpine Adventures and Alpine River Runners

Located out of Gold Bar, Alpine Adventures offers whitewater rafting, kayaking, scenic floats. They include lunch on the river or a BBQ. Phone: 800.723.8386

River Recreation

Located in Monitor, WA. Proving rafting trips on rivers throughout Washington. Phone: 800.464.5899. River Recreation

River Riders

Located in Leavenworth area. Phone 800.448.7238 River Riders

Kayaking the Icicle Creek in Leavenworth

The Icicle Canyon attracts white water kayakers from all over Washington and other states. The experienced boater can embrace the challenges of maneuvering through the hazardous obstacles on Icicle Creek.

Icicle Creek Kayaking – Leavenworth Wa from Skipow Visuals

Kayak and Raft Rentals and Dory Floats at Osprey

Osprey Rafting across the street from the Icicle Junction offers inflatable kayaks, and rafts for rent. Spend the day rafting or kayaking a river. For wildlife you might see osprey, beavers, deer, and much more. Located next door to the Icicle Village Resort! Check out some great rafting footage at www.zpop.tv/goneraftin

Mountain Bike and Rafting Adventures

Have you been wanting to check out the local Leavenworth adventure scene? This summer Bicycle Adventures has teamed up with Icicle Village Resort and Osprey Rafting with all-inclusive guided adventure tour designed to thrill you! Check out this 4 day package of riding and rafting at bicycleadventures.com. Tour dates in 2012 are July 15, August 12, September 9, and September 16.

Golfing in Central Washington and the Leavenworth area in Washington State

Leavenworth Golf Club

The Leavenworth Golf Course was awarded a four-star rating by Golf Digest in 2007… Ranking the course as one of the best places to play golf in America in 2006! Par 71 course with 5699 yardage.

The Leavenworth Golf Club is a public facility located a mile west of the Inn on Icicle Road. They do host a few Club tournaments during the year that will close the course for a portion of the day.

Groups from 12 – 32 players may book their tee times as early as January.  If you are interested in a group event, please contact the Leavenworth Golf Course Pro Shop for more information at 509-548-7267 or leavenworthgc@yahoo.com.

They are well known for specializing in company events and look forward to hosting any group event.

To schedule a lesson contact the Pro Shop at 509-548-7267 or leavenworthgc@yahoo.com.

The Leavenworth Golf Course is a Par 71 course, 5,711 Yards Long with a rating of 67 and a slope rating of 116.

Leavenworth Golf Course
Phone: 509-548-7267

Kahler Glen Golf Course

See summer Golf packages or call 800-961-0162 to reserve your getaway now.

Kahler Glen Golf Course is located adjacent to the beautiful Lake Wenatchee State Park and Recreation area.  Enjoy the beauty and serenity of a unique mountain golf course. 18 Holes, Par 70, 6005 Yards.

“Leave your driver at home!”

“Come and enjoy our scenic mountain course for a relaxing round of golf. Spring (with snow capped mountain tops) and Fall (when the birch leaves are changing colors) are great times to play golf at Kahler Glen. Although our course isn’t considered long (5800 yards), water, bunkers, and trees create many challenging holes. Our signature (#4) and finishing (#18) holes are both par 5s that can be reached in two. You must hit a good drive and play your second shot over water that protects both greens. The longest hole (#9) is 605 yards. So far, I know of only one person that has reached the green in two. The shortest hole (#5) is 125 yards par 3 that looks deceptively easy. But watch out, double bogeys are common on this hole. This small green is protected by a pot bunker located right front and then it drops off on the left and back sides requiring an accurate tee shot. The #15 hole is one of our more beautiful holes. This downhill par 3 looks like your ball should funnel right to the hole. We have two dog leg (#14 & #17) par 4s. You can play aggressively and cut the corner (requires accurate tee shot and you will not see where the ball lands) or play to the corner for a longer second shot. A great way to play this scenic course is to contact the golf professional at the course for a playing lesson.”  – Joe Turnery, Golf Professional

Directions: From Leavenworth: take U.S. Hwy. #2 west about 15 miles to State Hwy. 207 at Cole’s Corner (about mile marker 85). Turn right on Hwy. 207. Go 3.5 miles then turn left on Cedar Brae. Take Cdear Brae .25 miles then turn left, just before entering Lake Wenatchee State Park. Continue .25 miles then turn left again at the Kahler Glen Resort sign. Watch for our signs. For lodging continue straight to the Rental Office. For the Pro Shop and Restaurant take the next left.

Three Lakes Golf Club

Three Lakes Golf Club is located in Central Washington 4 miles from Wenatchee overlooking the Columbia River to the East, and bordered by the Cascade Mountains to the West.  While Three Lakes Golf Club has a large membership. They are always open to the public. Par 69 course with 5362 yardage.

Three Lakes Golf Club
(509) 663-5448.
2695 Golf Drive
Malaga, Washington 98828

Mount Cashmere Golf Course

Mt. Cashmere Golf Course
509-782-1207

This nine-hole course winds through fruit orchards over looking enchanting views of the Cascade Mountains. A driving range and putting green provide everything you need for a satisfying nine holes.  Features 2,485 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36.

Mount Cashmere Golf Course
6404 Kimber Road
Cashmere, WA 98815
For reservations call: 509-782-1207

Desert Canyon

Desert Canyon is Washington State’s number one rated public golf course featuring 18 hole golf course and 18 hole championship putting course. Par 72 course with 6144 yardage. (40 miles from Leavenworth)

Daily play can call up to 7 days in advance.  All tee times must be held with a credit card.  Cancellations or reduction in the number of players must be made at least 24 hours in advance of tee time.  If cancellations or reduction in the number of players are not made outside 24 hours the credit card will be charged for the original number of players booked.

Daily play can also book up to 30 days in advance with pre-payment at the time the reservation is booked.  Cancellations or reduction in the number of players must be made at least eight days before tee time to receive refund.  All cancellations or reduction in the number of players made inside seven days will receive rain check.  Cancellations or reduction in the number of players made inside 24 hours will not receive rain check.

Desert Canyon Golf Resort
1201 Desert Canyon Blvd.
Orondo, WA 98843
Phone: (509) 784-1111
Toll Free: (800) 258-4173
Fax: (509) 784-2701

Highlander at Raven Ridge

The Highlander Golf Club is a classic Highlands Scottish golf course true to the land and heritage of Scottish links style golf. The club, open to the public, truly sits atop a cliff edge nearly 900 feet above the famed Columbia River as it winds its way through canyons and gorges to the Pacific Ocean nearly 450 river miles to the West. Located just 150 miles from Seattle and 170 miles from Spokane, the Highlander Golf Club sits midway across Washington State on the Eastern slopes of the Cascade mountain range in one of the World’s leading apple producing regions. Par 72 course with 6466 yardage.

“The Highlander at Raven Ridge is a classic Scottish Highlands course true to the land and heritage of Scottish links-style golf,” said builder Jim Haley. “The Highlander at Raven Ridge is a perfect match to the type of inland or Highlands golf that is perched upon the cliff tops looking down at the lochs found in Scotland. The name now matches the traditional courses it was designed after”.

Highlander Golf Club at Raven Ridge
2920 8th Street SE
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
email: info@highlandergolfclub.com
http://www.highlandergolfclub.com/
Phone: (509) 884-4653

Bear Mountain Ranch Golf Course

Par 72 course with 6249 yardage.

Phone: 509-682-8200
www.bearmt.com

Colockum Ridge Golf Course

Par 71 course with 6000 yardage.

Phone: 509-787-6206
www.colockumridgegolf.com

Crescent Bar Golf Course

Par 35 course with 3034 yardage.

Phone: 509-787-1511
www.crescentbarresort.com

Lake Chelan Golf Course

Par 72 course with 6430 yardage.

Phone: 509-682-8026
www.lakechelangolf.com

Sunserra Golf Course

Par 27 Course with 1125 yardage

Phone: 509-787-4156
www.sunserragolf.com

Wenatchee Golf and Country Club

Par 72 course with 6395 yardage.

Phone: 509-884-7105
www.wenatcheegolfclub.org

Miniature Golf

Icicle Junction Activities Center

Bavarian theme 18-hole miniature golf.  Course is complete with waterfalls, waterwheel, miniature buildings and FUN!

Icicle Junction Miniature Golf
800-558-2438 or 509-548-2400
565 Hwy. 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Enzian Falls Championship Putting Course

Professionally designed 18-hole championship putting course. You will find Enzian Falls on the right hand side of Highway 2 as you stroll into the village from the Icicle Village Resort.

Enzian Falls Championship Putting Course
590 Hwy. 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Downhill Biking in Washington at Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass Bike Park is preparing for the 2014 summer season.  Currently the mountain features four trails, intermediate excavated trail “Rock Crusher”, advanced single track “Slingshot Wookie”,  “Advanced Jump Trail”, and intermediate single track “Lichen it”.  You can see live temps here.  open a large trail map.

Other Summer activities at Stevens Pass:

DISC GOLF
Stevens Pass offers 18 holes of exhilarating disc golf play split between two 9 hole courses.

HIKING
Enjoy a serene downhill jaunt on our Cowboy Mountain Nature Trail and the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail.

SCENIC CHAIRLIFT RIDES
Enjoy a fun and scenic ride up the Hogsback chairlift and take in the peace and serenity that is the Cascade Mountains.

Mountain Biking and Bike Trails Around Leavenworth In Washington State

Mountain Bike and Rafting Adventures

Have you been wanting to check out the local Leavenworth adventure scene? This summer Bicycle Adventures has teamed up with Icicle Village Resort and Osprey Rafting with all-inclusive guided adventure tour designed to thrill you! Check out this 4 day package of riding and rafting at bicycleadventures.com.

Arlberg Sports Haus

509.548.5615
1207 Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826

May 16 Birdfest Event: Birding by Mountain Bike.

Join Audubon member Karen Haire and Christine Munley, owner of Das Rad Haus, on an afternoon ride on pine-studded ridge tops, looking and listening for birds.  Shuttle to the top and fly down by bike.  Local bike shops are offering discounted bike rentals and mechanical support.  Helmets required.  Meet at the Gazebo. Transportation is provided by Das Rad Haus.  Pre-registration is required and group limit is 8.  See more at www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com.

Open April – November. Bicycle specialty shop.  Rentals, repair and sales.  Local maps, trails and knowledge for Leavenworth and the surrounding area including Devils Gulch and Wenatchee. Check them out.

Der Sportsmann

509.548.5623
837 Front St.
Leavenworth, WA 98826

An outdoor specialty shop which can fill your needs for hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, skiing, and clothing. They also have a bicycle & ski rental/repair shop which is open 7 days a week.

Leavenworth Trails Advocacy

TRAIL Washingtoninfo@trailwashington.org
PO Box 472
Leavenworth, WA 98826
www.trailwashington.org

According to data published by the USFS and the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, in the Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee Ranger Districts there is: 1 horseback rider, 4 hikers, and 9 1/2 mountain bikers to each equal length of designated trail.*

Trail Washington is a local trail rights association in Leavenworth Washington.  It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, enhancement, and maintenance of mountain bike trails. The organization is driven by a philosophy of common sense and environmentalism and promotes the responsible use of public and private lands using established trail building standards that satisfy the diverse skill levels of all mountain bike riders for tourists and the local community.

If you enjoy riding in the Leavenworth area, please consider joining the Icicle Village Resort as members of TRAIL Washington.  A registration form is available at www.trailwashington.org.

*Please see references and further information on the TRAIL Washington website

Leavenworth Summer Series Rides

This summer, join Stevens Pass and TRAIL WA for a series of 4 mountain bike rides in the Leavenworth area followed by food, drinks, and good times. For more info see www.trailwashington.org.

Freund Loop: 8.5mi/1,500ft vertical/ smooth non-technical single track

Round Mountain: Experience the beauty of the Wenatchee Lake area on this high mountain ride. We’ll shuttle most of the uphill to a scenic vista where fast sweeping single track winds down the end of Nason Ridge.

Icicle Ridge: Best views of Leavenworth anywhere! We’ll leave directly from “South” restuarant for this ride. Push your limits to see how far up the ridge you can make it, or simply take it easy and turn back to town when you’ve had your fill.

Loop Dnuerf: Pronounced “d-nerf”, this non-technical/1,500ft vertical/ 8.5mi smooth single track may seem familiar but it’s definitely a totally different ride when approached this way…

Wenatchee National Forest

509.548.6977
600 Sherbourne
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Both the Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee (509-763-3103, 22960 State Hwy 207) Ranger Stations (the “Wenatchee River Ranger District”) can provide information on outdoor recreation and trailhead permits. Trail users will find about 2,500 miles of recreation trails available for hiking, horse use, trail biking, and mountain pedal bike use.

Bikers of all ages can choose from hundreds of miles of recreation trails and roads of varying length and difficulty on the Wenatchee National Forest. There are low-elevation trails in the sage-covered fringes of the forest (great for springtime rides), trails in the timbered zones, and high country trails traversing alpine terrain. Remember that wilderness areas are closed to bikes. Please see this page and look under Biking to see trails that are open to mountain biking in the area. Some of the more popular areas to ride are the Devils Gulch area (Leavenworth), Lower Chiwawa (Lake Wenatchee), Lake Creek (Entiat) and Echo Ridge Ski Area (Chelan).

Day users and overnight users parking at most other district trailheads are required to display the regional NW Forest Pass.  In Leavenworth passes are available at Der Sportsman, Icicle Quik Stop 76 gas station, Leavenworth Mountain Sports, Das Rad Haus, and Sleeping Lady Gift Shop.

Leavenworth Outfitters

Outdoor Center
21312 Highway 207
Leavenworth, WA  98826
509.763.3773  800.347.7934
Located by Lake Wenatchee about 20 minutes from the Icicle Inn

Mountain Bike the Majestic Cascades
Vans shuttle riders 20 miles into the mountains, and riders make the leisurely 4-5 hour cruise back down to the starting point.  Leavenworth Outfitters offer mountain bike rental/livery and guided tours, ranging from half day to full day adventures. Rides are easy and family friendly.  April through October.  Rental/Livery $45.00.  Minimum age 11 years.

Devil’s Gulch in Cashmere

Devil’s Gulch is one of Washington’s premier mountain bike destinations. Not for the faint of heart, this breathtaking 13 mile descent will satisfy even the most hardened mountain biker.  Mission Ridge Trail intersects Devil’s Gulch so stay to the left at the crossing to stay on Devil’s Gulch.  Many people shuttle to the top for an enjoyable downhill only ride.  Remember to take along extra water, especially in hot weather!

Directions to Devils Gulch:

From Leavenworth head east on Highway 2 to Cashmere.  Take the first exit and then drive straight on Division Street through the stop light.  The road will curve around a corner and become Pioneer Street.  Turn left onto Mission Creek Road and drive for a half mile.  Turn right across Mission Creek and then turn left back onto Mission Creek Road.  The road will turn to gravel after 7 miles.  On the gravel road, take the road that forks to the left (#7100) and follow it for 2.7 miles.  There is a parking area and trail head.  Remember that you will need a Forest Park Pass to park in the lots.  It may be purchased at Das Rad Haus in Leavenworth on your way out of town.  The trail ranges between fast downhill and steep climbs to grandiose views. The usual route is to head out on Devils Gulch Trail #1220 for the climb and loop back on Mission Ridge Trail #1201.  For those seeking a more gentle climb, you can follow the dirt road #7100 past the parking area and continue on your bike on #7100 for about 10 miles then turn right on road #9712 for about a mile and watch for the trailhead to Devils Gulch Trail #1220.  Either way you choose, bring lots of sunscreen and water.

Mountain biking Devils Gulch Trail is sinfully delicious
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 5, 2002

Other Washington State Mountain Bike Resources

Bellingham Washington Mountain Biking:

Special thanks to:

  • Kona Bikes for staying at the Icicle Inn while in town!
  • Transition Bikes for great mountain bike photos of Leavenworth!
  • IMBA Trail Care Crew for staying at the Aspen Suites at the Icicle Village Resort

Methow Valley Mountain Biking:

  • Methow Valley Sport Trail Association (mountain bike trails and maps for the Methow Valley around Highway 20, Mazama, Winthrop, Sun Mountain, Twisp, and Carlton.)
  • Lake Chelan Mountain Bike Festival, June 19-20, Echo Ridge, Lake Chelan. (509) 682-8683, www.roundandround.com.
  • Chelan Valley Cycling Club – It is their intention to give you the best information on bicycling and mountain biking in the Lake Chelan Valley that they can. www.bikelakechelan.com

More great resources for mountain biking in Washington:

Mountain biking in British Columbia:

Mountain Biking Interesting Articles:

Fishing and Hunting Around Leavenworth

A variety of fishing is available within a 20-mile radius of Leavenworth & the Wenatchee River; premier game fish (steelhead), trout fishing, high-mountain lakes. Other lakes include Lake Wenatchee & Fish Lake. The area also offers some of the state’s finest mule deer & elk hunting. Bird hunting is also available, contact the Dept. of Wildlife for schedules.

Fishing For Kids in Leavenworth

For kids there is a Trout Unlimited fishing pond available for children 15 and under to fish.  Opens in the spring (July 1, 2014).  The pond is located in Enchantment Park before you come to Blackbird Island as you walk from the Icicle Inn. Open printable Waterfront Park trail map here. The pond is 20 feet deep and it is stocked with trout by Trout Unlimited.

The pond is part of the Blackbird Island Fish Rearing Project which the Icicle Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited spearheaded with the assistance of City and State organizations.  For more information and check it’s status here.
Also check out the The Kids Fishing Day at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in June.

Fishing for Everyone in Leavenworth

Check out the “Fishin’ Magician” for information on North Central Washington fishing.

Check the regulations with the State Department of Fish & Wildlife before you fish here.

April

Fish Lake: This lake is less than 25 miles from the town of Leavenworth is a very popular destination for anglers from all over the state. Fish Lake has a reputation for providing excellent fishing for rainbow trout, but also has a good population of brown trout and yellow perch. The ice typically comes off the lake in the month of April and the fishing for holdover rainbow to 2 pounds and better is very good. The Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains the trout numbers here with frequent plants throughout the season. Fishing is good through the summer, including fishing for yellow perch and largemouth bass. Brown trout caught throughout the season, but fishing is best in the very early spring and fall. The Cove Resort on the lake also introduces enough large (5- to 7-pound) triploid rainbow to the lake to make things interesting. There are boats for rent at the Cove and the fishing from the dock here is also very good.

May

Icicle River: The Icicle River below the National Fish Hatchery in Leavenworth can open for spring salmon fishing as early as the middle of May. These bright, early season salmon range in size from 8 to 16 pounds, with larger fish a real possibility. Most are taken by boaters who drift the river and anchor in the holes that the fish stack up as the make their way upstream to the hatchery. There is some bank access available, too. Most fish are taken on herring rigged behind a Spin N Glo, or with eggs. The season usually runs through the end of July. Visitors are encouraged to visit the National Fish Hatchery on Icicle Road to learn about the migration of salmon to the area and see these large salmon being held prior to spawning. Due to the increase in the numbers of spring salmon returning to our area, a season can often be open for them on the Wenatchee River.

July

Columbia River: Less than 20 miles from the town of Leavenworth, the Columbia River opens to summer-run salmon fishing the first of July. Thousands of these make their way up the Columbia River to the mouth of the Okanogan River and are intercepted by anglers who fish this stretch of river. Most of the salmon weigh an average of 12 to 15 pounds, but fish pushing 40 pounds are taken every year. Fishing is done from boats and trolled Super Baits account for most of the salmon. There is some bank access near Wenatchee and further up stream. There are some effective lures used with success and later in the season bait-wrapped Flatfish are very attractive to the more aggressive salmon. The season runs through mid-October. Also open at the same time is fishing for sockeye salmon. The season runs through mid-October. In 2014 over 600,000 made their way up the Columbia River to our region

Icicle Creek: Just outside of the town of Leavenworth flows Icicle Creek, a beautiful boulder-strewn water that is loaded with small rainbow and cutthroat trout. It is an ideal fly fishery with plenty of access to scenic runs that are easy to wade. Dry fly anglers will be in heaven when they see the clear, cold waters of the Icicle. The cold-water trout in the creek are mostly 8 to 10 inches, but fish to 12 are possible. Runoff from the snowpack typically settles down enough to allow good fishing by mid-July.

High Lakes: The high country of Leavenworth is world-renowned for its scenic hiking, and there many lakes that contain rainbow and cutthroat trout waiting at the end of the trail. Colchuck Lake even offers fishing for high-mountain lake trout (mackinaw). To learn about these lakes and best fishing opportunities, visit the local Forest Service office here in town. Permits are now required to visit the high country and to park at trailheads and this office can provide with everything you need to visit this high mountain wonderland.

August-October

In early August Lake Wenatchee opens to fishing for sockeye salmon. The scenery is beautiful here and the sockeye are abundant. In 2014 over 90,000 made their way up the Tumwater Canyon and entered Lake Wenatchee.

Lakes and Streams: Fishing on the area lakes and streams continue to be excellent through these months. The salmon season that is already underway on the Columbia River will extend it’s boundaries to include the Wenatchee River summer run salmon season. Beginning the first of September, anglers can fish from Peshastin Creek to the Icicle Creek Bridge. The season will continues through October 15. Also watch for the opening for fall salmon fishing. In recent years the Wenatchee has also opened to fishing for coho salmon. In early to mid October the popular steelhead fishing season opens on the Wenatchee.

November

Wenatchee and Columbia rivers: The main stem Columbia River and tributaries including the Wenatchee are open for steelhead fishing and November is an excellent month. There is plenty of good access from the town of Wenatchee to Leavenworth. The season usually ends in March of the following year.

December

Wenatchee River: The Wenatchee River opens to angling for whitefish every year in the month of December. Anglers in the know can take these fish from several runs near the town of Leavenworth. The river is also open for steelhead so barbless hooks are required and only hatchery fish may be retained. Steelhead fishing on the Columbia River continues to approach its peak on the Columbia River. The season on steelhead on the Columbia remains open in most years through March 31st.

January-February

Fish Lake: In most years an ice cap that is safe enough to support angler’s forms on Fish Lake, and ice fishing is a popular winter sport here. Some of the best rainbow trout and perch fishing of the year takes place while hovering over a hole drilled through the ice. It is important to check on conditions before venturing out on the ice on any winter lake, Fish Lake included.

Fishing and Hunting Licenses

Fishing and hunting licenses in Leavenworth are available at Der Sportsman right across from the gazebo.

Der Sportsmann
837 Front Street
Leavenworth WA 98826
(509)548-5623
9 AM – 6 PM Mon – Sun
www.dersportsmann.com

Leavenworth Fishing Guides

Owned by Shane Magnuson, Upper Columbia Guide Service is a licensed business in the State of Washington.  They offer Guided trips on the Columbia River, Icicle River, Wenatchee River, Methow River, Lake Chelan, Columbia Basin Lakes, and Fish Lake.

They also guide for duck hunting November through January on the Columbia River.

Phone: (509) 630-5433
email: uppercolumbiaguide@yahoo.com
website: www.uppercolumbiaguide.com

Leavenworth Farmers Market

Washington’s Fun Farmers Market!

The 2014 market starts Thursday, June 5, from 4-8 PM, at Lion’s Club Park, in Leavenworth
Every Thursday from June to October
Time: 4pm until 8pm
Location: Lions Club Park, Between City Pool and City Hall on Hwy 2, Leavenworth
Website: www.leavenworthfarmersmarket.org
We look forward to seeing you!
Information: 509.548.5786

Come on out and meet your local farmers, artists, chefs, musicians, bakers & winemakers! Your community market has been grown with you in mind. “Der Bauernmarkt” (simply German for Farmers Market) .

Our vendors will bring to market fresh-picked veggies (we feature many certified organic veggies), herbs, fresh cut flowers, peanuts, garlic, raw goat’s milk, goat and sheep cheese, garden fresh salsa, jams, cider, farm-crafts, handmade soap, metal yard art, locally grown landscaping plants and a selection of healthy local plant and herb starts (think heirloom maters!) from our farmers, mostly organically grown for your own garden or containers. We are an earth-friendly market; please support this effort by remembering your bags.

This sunny marketplace would love to be your place to meet & make friends!

Please visit our market booth featuring farm profiles, “what’s fresh” e-newsletter and community membership sign-ups, Locals Thursday information and market T-shirts. Joining your community market is a great way to support local food and farms, a significant part of all sustainable local economies.

Leavenworth Geocaching

Explore Leavenworth Geocaches one by one!

Geocaching is a game that is played worldwide that involves hiding and seeking treasure.  Someone who is a geocacher will place a cache somewhere – it could be anywhere in the world – and then pinpoint the location of the cache using GPS technology.  They then share those coordinates along and clues online.  Anyone else who geocaches may then try to locate the same geocache.

The adventure works because of GPS.  Each GPS device (whether it is a dedicated receiver or an application on your smartphone) receives signals from GPS satellites.  At least three satellites signals must be read at a time to determine the general location of the cache by trilateration.  If there are signals from four satellites then a more accurate location including altitude and time, latitude and longitude may be found.

Come and  explore the beauty and wilderness of the area while geocaching in Leavenworth.  From caches found withing the Bavarian Village to geocaches found by rafting on the Wenatchee river, or hiking some of the great scenic trails around Leavenworth, you will find a fun and exciting outdoor activity.

Some great resources will help you start out on your geocaching adventure:

www.geocaching.com is the most comprehensive list of geocaching worldwide.

Some favorites:

Leavenworth Web Cam Cache

Lackey Geo-rafting Adventure on the Wenatchee River – Washington, United States by Moun10Bike on EveryTrail. Great photos to look at on a map showing the route!

You will also find geocaches at three Columbia River dams. Rocky Reach, Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee. The dams are introducing the D3 Tour Geocache Challenge to help families discover the hidden treasures of hydro-power. Rocky Reach Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, and is located 7 miles north of Wenatchee on Highway 97A. Visitor Center and Museum Hours are 9 AM – 4 PM daily.

If you are planning a trip around the Cascade Loop then the loop association recommends searching the following zip codes withing www.geocaching.com for a list of geocaches in each of these Washington cities.

  • Anacortes 98221
  • Burlington 98233
  • Cashmere 98815
  • Chelan 98816
  • Concrete 98237
  • Coupeville 98239
  • Everett 98204
  • La Conner 98257
  • Langley 98260
  • Leavenworth 98826
  • Manson 98831
  • Marblemount 98267
  • Mazama 98833
  • Monroe 98272
  • Mount Vernon 98273
  • Mukilteo 98275
  • Oak Harbor 98277
  • Pateros 98846
  • Sedro-Woolley 98284
  • Skykomish 98288
  • Snohomish 98291
  • Sultan 98294
  • Twisp 98856
  • Wenatchee 98801
  • Winthrop 98862

Geocaching is a great way to explore the outdoors and can be a wonderful family activity.  Groups and conferences will also use geocaching as a great team building tool that brings attendees together outdoors.

Scenic Hiking Around Leavenworth

Leavenworth Hiking Information

In Leavenworth you will find nearly 700 miles of Forest Service hiking trails.  As managed trails, you will need a pass at most National Forest Service trail-heads.  Passes are available in Leavenworth from the ranger office, at Der Sportsman in town across from the gazebo, and also at Leavenworth Mountain Sports across the street and east a couple of blocks from the Icicle Village Resort. Passes cost $5 for a day pass or $30 for an annual pass.

See updated trail information at Wenatchee River Ranger District – Trail / Campground / Road Reports

“Mild” Hiking and Walking Trails

Waterfront Park is one of Leavenworth’s best kept secrets. The trails wind along the Wenatchee River and through quiet riverbank forests. There are benches for sitting and interpretive signs to explain the natural and cultural history of the area. Throughout the park there are small beach inlets that are perfect for swimming on hot summer days. This is also a great birding site in the Spring or a place to spot salmon making their upstream journey in the Fall. The trail is accessible a block behind the Icicle Village Resort and will take you along the river, over Blackbird Island, and out in downtown Leavenworth. The trail is completely flat so you can just relax and enjoy the views.

Leavenworth Hiking Trails in the Mountains

Leavenworth is a base camp for a large number of hiking trails and routes from moderate to more extreme.

Icicle Ridge Trail goes one way, up. It can be hiked for as long or as short as you like. The natural turnaround point is two miles into the hike at a small flat spot on the ridge-top. This is a good spot to eat your lunch, enjoy the views and relax your aching thighs. The trail keeps going after this point but you have to go a long way to get better views. For those looking for views into the Leavenworth Valley, you can climb this trail for about a half mile and get a splendid overview into town. From the Icicle Inn follow Icicle Road for 1.4 miles and go right at the marked Icicle Ridge Trail. Take a quick left after turning off of Icicle Road and you’ll see a large parking area on your right.

Hiking the Enchantments

For information on hiking the Enchantments out of Leavenworth and for permitting please go to http://www.recreation.gov/entranceSearch.do

Find more excellent hikes on the Leavenworth Chamber site by clicking on Washington:

Trail Maps for Hiking, Biking, XC Skiing, Snowshoeing

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is located in the rugged Central Cascades Region of Washington state and is jointly administered by the Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests. It encompasses approximately 394,000 acres accessed by 47 trail-heads and 615 miles of trails. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail traverses the Wilderness from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass.

The name Alpine Lakes takes its origin from the nearly 700 small mountain lakes nestled like jewels among the high rocky peaks and timbered valleys of the region. Its breathtaking beauty and proximity adjacent to the Seattle metropolitan area makes the Alpine Lakes Wilderness one of the most popular natural areas in the Northwest. Over half of Washington state’s population live within a one-hour drive of the Wilderness.

You can learn more by calling the Leavenworth Ranger Station
at 509.548.6977, or learn more about the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and find a permit application here.

Native Plants of North Central Washington

The Native Plant Gallery

Forest Service Forestry and Botany Publications and Field Guides

Forested Plant Associations of the Colville National Forest

(available in parts or the complete document)

Wildlife Publications

Leavenworth Hiking News Stories

Rock Climbing Around Leavenworth

 “Leavenworth – The heart of Washington Rock Climbing. Hundreds of single- and multi-pitch routes and boulder problems on highly featured granite – all within a few minutes’ drive of a scenic, faux-Bavarian village.” – Rock & Ice, April/May 2001, Page 58

Rock Climbing Guides and Instruction

  • For Rock Climbing in the Leavenworth area please stop in at Der Sportsmann for local knowledge. Located at 837 Front Street. Phone: 509.548.5623
  • At Der Sportsmann you can pick up a copy of “Leavenworth Rock” Second Edition by Viktor Kramar, Copyright 2003. This is one of the best guides to rock climbing in the Leavenworth area complete with routes and pictures of climbs. Includes Lower Icicle Canyon, Lower Icicle To Rat Creek, 8-Mile Area, Bridge Creek Area, Tumwater Canyon, and Peshastin Pinnacles.

Northwest Mountain School

  • Northwest Mountain School and Leavenworth Rock Guides also offers basic, intermediate, and rock rescue courses. http://www.mountainschool.com/content/main/intro-to-outdoor-rock-climbing/ They may be contacted at 940 U.S. 2 Leavenworth, WA  509.548.5823.
  • From the Owner … We are IFMGA Licensed Guides and together we run rock climbing, alpine mountaineering, and ski mountaineering trips to the greatest mountain ranges on the planet. We are based in Leavenworth, WA and have guided for a combined 32 years.
    Our experience ranges from leading extended expeditions to South America, the Himalaya, Europe, Alaska, and Antarctica. Our programs are small, often customized, and led by AMGA certified Rock, Alpine and Ski guides. We have no ambition to be the largest guide service, but we intend to be one of the best.

Also see:

Boeing Alpine Society Rock Climbing (“Bobs recommended routes”) http://www.boealps.org/lworth.html – currently off-line

Attention Climbers:

  • Midnight & Noontime Rocks and Vicinity are closed to entry from April 1 to July 31 to protect nesting Raptors by order 36 CFR 261.53(a). Violations are punishable by fine and imprisonment.
  • Raptors have been observed on and between Midnight and Noontime Rocks. To protect these birds during the nesting period these rocks and area immediately above and between them is closed to all entry. During the nesting period, the site will be monitored and if conditions warrant, some restrictions may be lifted. – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests, Lake Wenatchee & Leavenworth Ranger Districts. For more information call 509.548.6977.

Leavenworth, Cashmere and Wenatchee Museums

Nutcracker Museum

In town visit the famous Nutcracker Museum with over 5,000 nutcrackers for you to view.  You will be intrigued with the tiny nutcracker in the walnut shell, and want to have your picture taken with Karl, the full sized carved beer drinker from Oberammergau
Located: 735 Front Street
Phone: 509.548.4573 or 800.892.3989

Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth

Visit the Upper Valley Museum the museum produces exhibits that will be of interest to the residents, students, and visitors of the greater Leavenworth area. Its the mission of the Upper Valley Historical Society to preserve and promote the heritage of the Upper Valley through valued partnerships and public support.
Located: 347 Division Street
Phone: 509.548.0728

Barn Beach Reserve

Barn Beach Reserve has replaced the Audubon Center and Upper Valley Museum in Leavenworth in the former Haus Lorelei Bed and Breakfast.  It will be home to an environmental learning center, an arts facility, and the Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth.  The Reserve and an adjacent city park combine to create a protected greenbelt of more than 50 acres including Blackbird Island.

Hours: By appointment until building renovation is completed.
Tours of the Reserve: Visitors may contact us for a tour of the Reserve:
509.548.7584 or 509.548.0181

Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth has exhibits in temporary quarters at Obertal Mall: 220 Ninth Street, Leavenworth, WA 98826, 509.548.0728

Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

24 miles-35km to Wenatchee Valleys best kept secret, a gem of a museum, Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. See the ingenuity of the original orchardist’s in developing harvest equipment, view a replica scale railway of the valley, experience early native American environments and a variety of traveling exhibits.

Located: 127 South Mission, Wenatchee
Phone: 509.664.3340

Pioneer Village and Cashmere Museum

10 miles to see log houses and buildings from over 100 years ago, and get an idea of how your great grandparents lived in a Pioneer Village! The Pioneer Village is constructed of twenty original pioneer structures dating back to the late 1800’s, complete with interior artifacts, to provide an accurate “snapshot” of life the way it was in simpler times. The Chelan County Historical Museum houses treasures of historical interest for young and old alike. The 13,000 square foot museum includes outstanding displays of Native American artifacts, natural history, and pioneer exhibits. www.cashmeremuseum.org/museum.html
Open March 1 – December 15 (Closed Thanksgiving Day) Every Day 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

Located: about 15 minutes from Leavenworth.
600 Cotlets Way, Cashmere
Phone: 509.782.3230.

Horseback Riding, Carriage, and Wagon Rides

Horseback Riding

Mountain Springs Lodge Horse Activities
Phone: 800.858.2276
Located in Plain about 20 minutes from Leavenworth.
19115 Chiwawa Loop Road

Mountain Springs is an activity partner with the Icicle Inn and offers Spring, Summer, and Fall horseback riding, and also hayrides through spectacular mountain scenery, followed by their famous BBQ.

Icicle Outfitters and Guides Day Trips
800.497.3912 Call today & go for a ride! Hourly guided trail rides are offered at two riding stables; in the Icicle Valley south of town and at Lake Wenatchee State Park. Ride for 2 miles all day.

Eagle Creek Ranch Horseback Rides
Explore miles of trails climbing gently through sunlit evergreen forests to alpine meadows and spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks of the Cascades.

Carriage Rides

Leavenworth Carriage Company 509.421.0679
9th and Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Carriage rides available year around in downtown area. Wagon and sleigh rides for all occasions: dinner rides, engagements, weddings, reunions, sightseeing by reservation.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Mountain Springs Lodge Horse Activities
Phone: 800.858.2276
Located in Plain about 20 minutes from Leavenworth.
19115 Chiwawa Loop Road

Mountain Springs is an activity partner with the Icicle Inn and offers Spring, Summer, and Fall horseback riding, and also hayrides through spectacular mountain scenery, followed by their famous BBQ.

Red-Tail Canyon Farm
11780 Freund Canyon Road, Leavenworth, WA, 98826
509.548.4512
800.678.4512

Take an old-fashioned sleigh ride…snuggle under blankets. Warm yourself by a cozy fire…sip a cup of hot cocoa…all the things memories are made of. Easy 2 miles from town.

ATV Excursions and Rentals – Cle Elum

FULL DAY ATV ADVENTURE

Where Eastern Washington high desert terrain meets the lovely snow capped vistas of the northern Cascade Take a ride into the wild on well maintained trails, through beautiful pine forests populated with elk, deer, and if you’re lucky, the occasional bob cat, before opening out to breathtaking, panoramic views of the oposing and snow-capped Mount Stewart.

Pricing

Single Person ATV

  • $160 per person for 2 hpurs
  • One Person

UTV’s – Small Jeep Like Vehicle

  • $250 for 2 hours
  • Two People ( 2-seater side-by-side )

All guided trips include:

  • ATV
  • Professional Guides
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Instruction of ATV Operation
  • Post ride light refreshments

*There is a 4-person minimum to facilitate a tour.

For more information you can contact them at:

MotorToys
71 Airport Road
Cle Elum, WA 98922
509-674-6807
info@motortoysofcleelum.com
Spring Flowers

Art in the Park

Exhibits by renowned professional & amateur artisans are on display in the city park Thursday through Sunday beginning with Maifest & continuing summer & fall.

www.villageartinthepark.com

Shopping

Stroll though our European village and enjoy the Bavarian architecture and unique shops, coffee roasters, and restaurants. (1/2 mile or .8km)

Please see Chamber of Commerce site : Shopping

Ohme Gardens

The Ohme family began an incredible project in 1929 which today has become a garden featured in many national and international publications.

Never intending it to become a tourist attraction, “we just wanted to build a nice backyard”. Neither botanists nor landscape architects, the gardens’ guiding force has always been purely intuitive, and realization largely trial and error. There was never a written plan, ever, they simply carried out what they envisioned, depending on their inborn sense of beauty and proportion to create a garden completely in keeping with its inspiring vista. Their aim was never a development of a formal flower garden, but of informal, natural alpine beauty. The gardens have been on the cover of many magazines and written about in many books – Gardening America, Gardens-Architectural Digest, and American Gardens to name a few. The garden is currently managed through an agreement with Chelan Country and is self-supporting. www.ohmegardens.com

Located: 21 miles from Leavenworth
3327 Ohme Road, Wenatchee
Phone: (509) 662-5785

Admission: Adults $7.00 Students 7-17 years of age $3.50 Children 6 years of age & under Free

Rocky Reach Dam

A highlight of any visit to the Rocky Reach Visitor Center is the opportunity for a close-up view of fish passing through the fish way. The fish viewing room, with five windows located on the west side of the fish ladder, allows visitors to watch salmon, steelhead, trout and other species continue their upstream migration to spawning areas. Salmon and steelhead are seasonal visitors. The best months of the year to see Chinook salmon are May and August. Sockeye salmon are most visible during July, and it’s September for steelhead. “Look a salmon in the eye” in the fish viewing room, located downstairs in the Visitor Center at Rocky Reach Dam. www.chelanpud.org Choose “Visitor Center” near bottom.

Location: 23 miles from Leavenworth

For information contact: Bonnie Brawley Visitor Services Supervisor P.O. Box 1231 Wenatchee, WA 98807-1231 (509) 663-7522

VISITOR FACILITIES The Visitor Center and other facilities are open daily at 8 a.m. from mid-February through the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Parking and admission are free. Reservations for Rocky Reach picnic shelters can be made beginning Feb. 15 by calling (509) 663-7522.

Lake Chelan

60 miles-96km to beautiful Lake Chelan for water sports and activities. Step aboard the “Lady of the Lake” and cruise spectacular waters.
Phone: 509.682.4584

Enjoy Banjo Creek Farms, a working family farm 4 miles up-lake of Manson in the Chelan Valley.  They have a barnyard of animals and an antique furniture store, soap factory, and more.  Plan on joining them for their “Cowboy BBQ Evening” with dinner and music!
Phone: 509-687-0708

Lake Chelan is only an hour from Leavenworth and makes a great day trip.  You may also consider staying overnight as part of a multi-day vacation.

Casino

60 miles-96km to Mill Bay Casino near Lake Chelan – cards, roulette, slot machines and restaurant.

Mill Bay Casino
455 Wapato Lake Road
Manson, Washington 98831

800-648-2946

Wildflowers

The Central Washington Native Plant Gallery is a great resource for the flowers that grow in Central Washington and around Leavenworth.  From mid-May through April you will find the hills and valleys covered with color.

Chelan County plant lists from the Washington State Native Plant Society: www.wnps.org

The Burke Museum Field Guide for Washington State plants:Burke Herbarium

Useful information and field guide from the Forest Service:

Field Guide for Forested Plant Associations of the Wenatchee National Forest

Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest Common-plant-guide.pdf (4.3 mb file)

Washington Apple Commission

The Washington Apple Commission Visitors Center in Wenatchee and Washington’s Fruit Place Visitors Center in Yakima, offer an in-depth look at the state’s largest agricultural industry. More than 3,500 Washington tree fruit growers, from the Canadian border to the Oregon border, produce billions of pounds of fruit, including apples, cherries, and soft fruits such as peaches. In apple production alone, Washington is by far the national leader, providing more than half the fresh apples eaten in America.
We invite you to learn how so much fruit from so many growers reaches American households in top condition. Tour groups are welcome, so pack some lunches, load up the gang and head for the Washington Apple Commission Visitors Center, or Washington’s Fruit Place Visitors Center, and spend a beautiful day in Fruit Country.www.bestapples.com

22 miles from Leavenworth

Blossom Driving Tours

Blossom Time in Leavenworth and Cashmere begins around Mid April and goes through around Mid – May

The Valley’s are alive with the blossoming of our fruit Orchards. Take a driving tour and enjoy the magnificent views that our valleys provide.  See Spring Tours for more information

Pet Friendly Shopping!

A Paw Above is a great place to find unique gifts and treats for your dog or cat including apparel, snacks, and more!

See www.apawabove.us for more information

Visit Washington Farms and Agricultural Tours

Cascade Foothills Farmland Association

From the Beginning of April to the End of May North Central Washington comes alive with color.

The beautiful blossoms of apples, pears, apricots, cherries, peaches, and more can be seen from Leavenworth to Chelan and beyond.

This is a beautiful time of the year to plan a day trip or weekend getaway, and experience the beauty of the area. While you are here, be sure to visit the many fruit stands, farms, and wineries that are working hard to bring you the fresh fruit and vegetables, value added products, and home town services, that are the heart and soul of rural living.

The Cascade Foothills Farmland Association announces the release of its first Ag-Tourism Driving Map with Fruit Stands, Wineries, Retail Outlets, and more!

Call 509-548-6784 or e-mail info@visitwashingtonfarms.com for a copy today!

Real Estate and Relocation to Leavenworth

Condos for Sale in Leavenworth

Learn more about living in Leavenworth here on the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce website.

If you’re looking to buy other property or a home in Leavenworth and the surrounding area consider visiting with our friends at www.teamhess.com.