Stehekin is a small unincorporated community in Chelan County, Washington. It is part of Wenatchee–East Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located at the northwest end of Lake Chelan, it lies just south of the North Cascades National Park. It is within Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, a unit administered by the National Park Service. Stehekin has about 75 permanent residents, though its population swells during the summer with vacationers and seasonal workers. The name „Stehekin“ comes from a Native American word meaning „the way through.“
There is no road access to Stehekin, though roughly 22 miles of road exist there. It is reachable by passenger ferry (the Lady of the Lake), by private boat from Chelan, by foot over Cascade Pass, by floatplane, or by small aircraft via a turf airstrip open from June through September. The vehicles in Stehekin have been barged there on Lake Chelan.
Stehekin has a highly unusual type of a continental climate that follows a hot-summer mediterranean (csa) precipitation pattern with the heavy winter snowfall being a major exception to a typical mediterranean climate. Summers are warmed by its inland location and the seasonal aridity rendering in frequent hot days. By contrast winter falls to temperatures far cooler than those encountered at the coast, but are still moderate compared to areas further east in North America’s interior.