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In one of the most beautiful and secluded valleys in the Pacific Northwest, Stehekin was homesteaded by hardy souls in the late 19th century. It's not really a town but rather a small community at the north end of Lake Chelan. There's no road; access is by boat or floatplane or on foot. A few facilities serve about 200 summer visitors. Year-round residents enjoy a wilderness lifestyle—there are barely two dozen cars in the whole valley, outside communication is iffy, especially in winter, and supplies arrive once or twice a week by boat.
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