Little of the park was commercially logged. Commercial timber cutting began on westside, low-elevation forests in the 1860's. Rafts of logs were transported down Lake Chelan primarily for use as apple crates.
Did You Know?
In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.