Getting to Holden

Remote Location

An Exceptional Journey

Holden Village is located in north-central Washington in a remote wilderness area on the north end of Lake Chelan.

The town of Chelan, Washington is the closest community (an approximately 4-hour drive from Sea-Tac airport in good weather), but no roads connect Chelan directly to the Village.

The only way to get to Holden Village is to take a scenic two-to-four-hour boat ride on Lake Chelan (or for the adventurous, to hike in!). 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.

Transportation Options

Getting to Holden Village

Depending on your starting location, you’ll join one of the following parts of the multi-stage journey:

Holden Village location in Washington State by Elizabeth Person
Lady of the Lake Boat and Holden Village Bus at Lucerne
  1. Travel to  the Boat Dock 


If you are traveling in your own car or renting one from an airport, you will travel to either:

Lake Chelan Boat Company Dock 

1418 W Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Field’s Point Landing

South Lakeshore Drive (Hwy 971), Chelan, WA 98816 

Most Holden Village visitors prefer to park at Field’s Point, which is supervised by Holden Village staff members and includes restrooms 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, get a parking permit, and park your car. 

If you are traveling with a group, please consider carpooling! 

Use your favorite map app for directions to the dock or your lodging in Chelan or Wenatchee if you will stay the night before. Since the boat to Holden leaves early in the morning, most people arrive in Chelan or Wenatchee and find overnight lodging a day prior to their arrival in the Village. The Holden Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable accommodations with Holden-style hospitality three miles uplake from Field’s Point Landing.  

  1. Pay for Parking 


Rates for Parking at Fields Point Landing

  • 1-4 nights $7 per night 
  • 5-7 nights  $35.00 total 

Please email fieldspoint@www.holdenvillage.org for a complete list of rates or if you wish to park a coach bus rental at Fields Point. 

All Holden Village volunteers and employees receive free parking. 

  1. Travel via Ferry Boat 


Please book your own boat tickets with
Lady of the Lake. Note that Holden transport does not meet the boat every day that the boat operates, so please be sure to plan your visit according to Holden transport dates.

  • June 11 – September 4, 2022: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • September 5th, 2022 – January 1, 2023: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday


Holden Village transport schedule aligns with the Lady of the Lake (slow boat) on days when it runs, and with the Lady Express the other days. We are only running one transport a day. View
Lady of the Lake website for schedule details.

Please clearly label all of your luggage with your name and destination, Holden Village. Holden Village luggage tags are available in the Fields Point Concessions office.

If not traveling by boat, the only other way to get to Holden Village is to hike. Popular routes into Holden include passing over Spider Gap from the Phelps Creek Trailhead, over Cloudy Pass from the Pacific Crest Trail/Darrington/Stehekin areas, or over Hilgard Pass from Stehekin.

Although there are a few steps involved, traveling by public transportation can be a rewarding and convenient way to access Holden Village.

  1. Travel to Washington State 


By Train 

  • Amtrak to Wenatchee Columbia Station  
    • 1 hour from Chelan

By Air 

  • Seattle/Tacoma Airport (SEA) 
    • 4 hours from Chelan
    • Then take bus or shuttle to Wenatchee Columbia Station 
  • Spokane Airport (GEG)  
    • 3 hours from Chelan
    • Then take bus to Wenatchee Columbia Station 
  • Wenatchee Pangborn Memorial Airport (GET) 
    • 1 hour from Chelan
    •  Take Taxi or Rideshare to Wenatchee Columbia Station or Lake Chelan Boat Company Dock

  1. Travel to Wenatchee or Chelan, WA 


If you fly into Seattle or Spokane, you’ll need to travel to the Wenatchee Columbia Station in Wenatchee. 

By Bus/Shuttle 

  • Wenatchee Valley Shuttleshuttle van/bus service operating between the Seattle airport and Wenatchee Columbia Station 
  • Trailways – regional bus service connecting Seattle and Wenatchee Columbia Station  
  • Greyhound regional bus service connecting Seattle and Wenatchee or Spokane and Wenatchee Columbia station 

Once you travel to Wenatchee Columbia Station via bus, train, or plane, you’ll then need to get to Chelan.

By Bus 

  • LINK Bus – provides local bus service between Wenatchee Columbia Station and Chelan. Take Route 21 from Wenatchee directly to the Lake Chelan Boat Company Dock. Because LINK is largely a commuter service, bus times are more frequent on weekdays and during working hours, so be sure to check the schedule while making travel plans. If you are traveling with a large group they ask to be notified in advance.  


By Taxi or Rideshare App 

  • Lake Chelan Cab Company (Manson, 509-687-TAXI)
  • AAA Taxi Service (East Wenatchee, 509-886-4222)
  • A Cab & Carrier (Wenatchee, 509-886-4222)
  • Apple Valley Tours (Chelan, 509-682-3686)
  • AC Checker Taxi (Wenatchee, 509-664-8294)
  1. Travel to  the Boat Dock


If you are taking public transport for your journey, you’ll most likely travel to dock in Chelan.   

Lake Chelan Boat Company Dock 

1418 W Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Since the boat to Holden leaves early in the morning, most people arrive in Chelan or Wenatchee and find overnight lodging a day prior to their arrival in the Village. 

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.

  1. Travel via Ferry Boat 


Please book your own boat tickets with
Lady of the Lake. Note that Holden transport does not meet the boat every day that the boat operates, so please be sure to plan your visit according to Holden transport dates.

  • June 11 – September 4, 2022: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • September 5th, 2022 – January 1, 2023: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday


Holden Village transport schedule aligns with the Lady of the Lake (slow boat) on days when it runs, and with the Lady Express the other days. We are only running one transport a day. View
Lady of the Lake website for schedule details.

Please clearly label all of your luggage with your name and destination, Holden Village. Holden Village luggage tags are available in the Fields Point Concessions office.

Check mountain pass information and Washington State travel alerts before winter travel to Holden.

Please note that all transportation services listed above operate independently of Holden Village. Be sure to check out transportation links in advance and make reservations when necessary. Reference herein to any specific commercial products or services does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Holden Village