What to do in Lake Cascade State Park

*Note: All information presented is non-seasonal, as per the wishes of the State of Idaho.

Lake Cascade is nestled in the majestic mountains of central Idaho about 75 miles north of Boise on State Highway 55. Popular for all types of boating, prevailing winds on the water make it especially well-suited for sailing and windsurfing. Rainbow trout, Coho salmon, and small mouth bass and perch can be caught from the shore or by boat in the summer or through the ice in the winter.

You will find 300 tent and RV campsites scattered around the reservoir. The campgrounds each feature restroom facilities and domestic water. Other amenities vary.

Cascade features two group camp areas, Snowbank and Poison Creek. These sites are open grassy areas with few trees, but they offer great seclusion for small to medium-sized groups. Contact the park for information.

Osprey Point is the secluded, yet accessible, site of our three group yurts. Rent the two that share a common deck to sleep from 16-20. A third yurt nearby adds optional sleeping for 10. A few Tents and RV's can also be accommodated in the camp are. Yurts feature wood stoves for heat, propane lighting, a propane stove for cooking, beds and other furniture. You won't find a better view on the lake!

The North Fork of the Payette River, with its world-class kayaking rapids, flows to the south of Cascade. A challenging nine-hole golf course graces the southeast shore of the reservoir. During the winter 800 miles of groomed snowmobile trails are available in the area.

Park units are located at various sites around the lake. Follow the signs from State Highway 55 at five different road intersections from Cascade to Donnelly. Additional signs, when necessary, will direct you to the park units.

The climate in Idaho varies with the elevation. The bottom of Hell's Canyon, Boise and other locations at low elevations receive hot summer weather. Temperatures at these elevations often reach 90 degrees or more during the summer months. At the same time the mountains will get mild temperatures with cool nights. Winters are just as extreme with the mountains experiencing extreme conditions and temperatures. An average of 500 inches of snow falls on the Idaho highlands. Temperatures are known to dip below zero degrees F on many winter nights. The lower elevations enjoy a more mild winter season with less precipitation than the mountains. The sun is a constant throughout the year. Be sure to wear sunscreen and layered clothing in Idaho's unpredictable weather.

P.O. Box 709
Cascade, ID 83611

Phone: 208-382-6544

Fax: 208-382-4071

Email: cas@idpr.state.id.us
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