Chelan Seaplanes closes its doors after lease termination



After receiving a lease termination notice from Sunset Marina LLC, Chelan Seaplanes is ending its service on Lake Chelan indefinitely after 30 plus years on the property.

The seaplane service received a notice of the termination in September, said Scott McKellar of Sunset Marina, adding that it was “unfortunate news.”

The new marina is set to break ground this winter, and with condominiums planned for the property the seaplane service lost its space.

Chelan Seaplanes has been in operation since 2009 on Lake Chelan after taking over service from Chelan Airways, which brought chartered passengers on Lake Chelan starting in 1945.

Chelan Seaplanes started a petition to submit to the city of Chelan and the Port of Chelan County to help the service find a permanent home for future operations on Lake Chelan.

The petition aims to have 1,000 signatures, with 590 so far since it opened on Dec. 1. The petition can be found at here.