Holden Village is located in north central Washington in a remote wilderness area. The Town of Chelan, Washington is the closest community, but no roads connect it to the Village. Travel to Holden includes a scenic two-to-four-hour boat ride on Lake Chelan (a "must do" trip according to National Geographic), boarding either in the town of Chelan or at Fields Point Landing (16 miles uplake from Chelan).
An 11-mile ride (40 minutes) in a Holden vehicle completes the journey to the Village. Holden transportation meets the boat only when pre-registered visitors are on board or leaving.
Lake Chelan Boat Company Info
For most of the year, the Lake Chelan Boat Company has two boats, the Lady Express and Lady II, that can transport visitors to Holden. Please be sure to check the boat schedule and fare information with the Lake Chelan Boat Company (www.ladyofthelake.com or 1-888-682-4584). Please note that credit cards are accepted year-round at the Chelan office of the boat company and, during summer months only, at Fields Point Landing. Unfortunately, The Lake Chelan Boat Company, cannot accept credit cards on or at the boat.
Check the boat schedule and Holden Village Bus Transport Schedule (below) for important dates for planning arrivals to and departures from Holden Village.
Holden Village made the decision not to follow the boat company in their new schedule due to the concerns of travel in our remote location during the winter months. Adding another day of travel on the road to Holden Village means additional exposure to avalanche risk. It also means increased costs to the Village in terms of staffing, vehicle maintenance, and fuel to keep the road plowed and provide the bus transport. And finally, minimizing our transport days in the winter ensures our guests can experience the quiet of the valley without the disruption of heavy equipment activity.
Going forward, Holden Village will not always match the boat schedule as we determine how to provide the best experience for our guests and staff while also considering the financial and safety concerns of operating a village in a remote setting.
Public Transportation to Chelan
Air, bus, and train services connect Wenatchee with Spokane and Seattle. From there, bus transportation (LINK bus) is available from Wenatchee to Chelan. Please note that all transportation services listed below operate independently of Holden Village and do not necessarily advise the Village of schedule or fee changes. Be sure to check out transportation links in advance and make reservations when necessary.
If not traveling by boat, the only other way to get to Holden Village is to hike. As of February 2017, all previously closed U.S. Forest Service trails leading into Holden are now open. However, several trails suffered extreme fire damage, making them difficult to find, and in some places dangerous to travel due to post-fire hazards. A complete list of trails and conditions are kept up to date by the Chelan Ranger District. Holden welcomes Thru Hikers to make a stay in the Village part of their route and register with Holden to reserve a room in advance. There is also a U.S. Forest Service campground with limited space about a mile by trail from the Village. If you are interested in catching a ride on Holden's daily transport (without staying in Village lodging), please fill out this form to reserve a seat on the bus ahead of time in order to guarantee we have room.
Paid parking is available at the Lake Chelan Boat Company dock and at Field’s Point Landing. Most Holden Village visitors prefer to park at Field’s Point, which is supervised by Holden Village staff members and includes rest rooms and limited concessions. Plan to arrive 30 to 40 minutes before the boat departure time so you will have time to take your luggage to the dock and park and lock your car. Volunteer staff may request a Field’s Point parking permit from the staffing office prior to arrival. Check the ride share info on the Web site if you are able to offer a ride.
Winter Caution: check Cascade Pass information here before winter travel to Holden.
Amtrak stops in Wenatchee, 35 miles from Chelan. Visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-872-7245 for schedules and tickets. To get from the Wenatchee train station to Chelan without a car, check the schedule for the LINK bus, which picks up from Columbia Station where the train stops in Wenatchee.
There is regional bus service from Spokane and Seattle to Wenatchee with connections to Chelan. For information about the Trailways bus service, visit www.trailways.com or call 1-800-366-3830. For Greyhound, visit www.greyhound.com or call 1-800-231-2222 for tickets and information.
The Wenatchee Valley Shuttle is a van shuttle service that operates between the Seattle airport, Wenatchee, and the Spokane airport. The shuttle drops passengers at Columbia Station in Wenatchee adjacent to the LINK bus and Amtrak stops. Visit www.wenatcheevalleyshuttle.com for tickets and more information. If travelling with children please note that, in accordance with Washington State Law, the shuttle requires age-appropriate car seats for all children under 8 years old.
The LINK local bus company operates between Wenatchee and Chelan. Visit www.linktransit.com or call 509-662-1155 for schedules, fares, and information about luggage restrictions. If you are traveling with a large group they ask to be notified in advance. They will drop you directly at the boat dock if you ask. Because LINK is largely a commuter bus service for those living in the Wenatchee/Chelan area, bus times are more frequent on weekdays and during working hours, so be sure to check the schedule while making travel plans. Please also note that the bus does not stop at the B&B or Field's Point.
If you are flying into Seattle, United Express and Horizon Airlines both have connecting flights from Seattle to Wenatchee. There is no public transportation from the Wenatchee airport into Wenatchee or Chelan. Hotels often have shuttles, and taxi service is also available. There is also a van shuttle service, wenatcheevalleyshuttle.com, between both the SeaTac and Spokane airports and Wenatchee.
The following carriers provide service between Wenatchee and Chelan: Lake Chelan Cab Company (Manson, 509-687-TAXI); AAA Taxi Service (East Wenatchee, 509-886-4222); A Cab & Carrier (Wenatchee, 509-886-4222) or Apple Valley Tours (Chelan, 509-682-3686).
Since the boat to Holden leaves early in the morning, most people arrive in Chelan or Wenatchee a day prior to their arrival in the Village. (Some hotels/motels may give a discount for Holden staff during off-peak times). Please inquire prior to making reservations. Click here for lodging options in and around Chelan, which are numerous. Wenatchee is 35 miles away from Chelan. Here is a listing of Wenatchee Valley hotels and motels. Some hotels in Chelan may provide a ride to the Chelan boat dock in the morning for those without a car. Inquire with the hotel upon reservation.
Holden Village Bed & Breakfast: Just three miles uplake from Field’s Point Landing, the Holden Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable accommodations with Holden-style hospitality. The B&B information phone number is 509-687-9695. B&B staff cannot provide shuttle service to/from the B&B, and the B&B is not accessible by public transportation.
The Lake Chelan Boat Company requires that all items be clearly labeled with your name and destination, Holden Village. Please refer to the Lady of the Lake website for baggage weight and size restrictions. Large and/or heavy items may be subject to extra fees.
Travel Delay: If you miss a travel connection and will not be arriving on your confirmed date of arrival, please notify us in one of the following ways:
Email Holden Village: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Holden B&B: (509) 687-9695
Holden Village is not responsible for costs incurred due to missed travel connections.
Plan to arrive at the Lake Chelan Boat Company or at Field’s Point Landing about 30-40 minutes before the boat departure time to take your luggage to the dock, to park and lock your car and to pay for parking. Parking is available at the Lake Chelan Boat Company in Chelan, but the least expensive long-term parking option is available at Field’s Point Landing. The Field’s Point parking lot is run by Holden Village and includes restrooms and a telephone (calling cards only). It takes about an hour to drive from Wenatchee to Field’s Point Landing in good weather. Fields Point now accepts credit cards as well as checks and cash.
Rates for Parking at Fields Point Landing:
|0-3 Daytime Hours Free||3-12 Daytime Hours 5.00|
|1 night 7.00||2 nights 14.00|
|3 nights 21.00||4 nights 28.00|
|5-7 nights 35.00||8 nights 42.00|
|9 nights 49.00||10 nights 56.00|
|11 nights 63.00||12 nights 70.00|
|13-30 nights 75.00||90 days 90.00|
|120 days 120.00||180 days 180.00|
|1 year 210.00||Bus Per Day Cost 25.00|
|Opening Gate 20.00|