Lake Chelan is a long, narrow lake in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. The lake is also a popular destination for boaters, with a variety of rental companies and marinas to choose from. Lake Chelan is a great place to rent a boat because of its diverse scenery and activities. The northern end of the lake is narrower and more secluded, with towering mountains and pine forests on either side. The southern end of the lake is wider and more open, with beaches, vineyards, and orchards.

GetMyBoat boat operators must follow all local laws and regulations when operating their boats. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Meeting all vessel and captain requirements
  • Commercial Insurance Policy
  • Obtaining the necessary passes and permits
  • Using the correct docks and boating areas for commercial activities
  • Complying with all other legal requirements, including those set by local facilities
  • Registering their boats properly


Watercraft operators must have insurance in place that covers their vessels for rentals or charters. GetMyBoat does not offer insurance directly, but we can recommend our partner Boat Charter Insurance.

Captain License:

If required, you can get your captain's license quickly and easily by taking USCG-approved online courses from the Mariners Learning System. Use the promo code GETMYBOAT10 to save 10% on all courses.

Pick Up / Drop Off Locations

Boat operators utilizing federal docks within Lake Chelan must exhibit a valid "Lake Chelan Federal Dock Site Permit." The permit options include a season pass priced at $75 or a daily pass priced at $10.

List of Federal Docks

25 Mile Creek State Park Store
Kelly’s Ace Hardware
Lake Chelan State Park
Manson Parks & Recreation District
Reeds Marine, 225 E. Wapato Way
North Cascades Lodge
Hooked on Toys

Motor Vessel Safety Checklist

Boat rental companies in Washington must go over a safety checklist with all customers before they rent out a motorboat or vessel with an engine of 15 horsepower or more.

State of Washington Boat Rental Article

Contact the Boating Program at, To obtain copies of the motor vessel rental safety checklist.

Additional Resources

Registration - Washington State Department of Licensing

Seattle Water and Boating

Boating Regulations