Essentials in Chelan
Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce (102 E. Johnson Ave., Chelan, WA, 98816. 509/682–3503 or 800/424–3536. www.lakechelan.com.)
Purple Point Information Center. Rangers here offer guidance on hiking and camping and information about the national parks and recreation areas. This is a good place to pick up permits and passes. Maps and concise displays explain the complicated ecology of the valley, which encompasses in its length virtually every ecosystem in the Northwest. Hours vary in spring and fall. Stehekin Valley Rd., ¼ mile north of Stehekin Landing, Stehekin, WA, 98852. 360/856–5700. Mid-Mar.–mid-Oct., daily 8:30–5.