A Base for Area Activities--- Imagine having the opportunity of taking advantage of any of the following:
try adrenaline inducing challenges or more sedate forms of recreation, our area has it all;
Pristine Mountains with lakes, about 50, streams and rushing rivers, around 150 within a 50 mile radius, for your Kayaking, Fishing or Rafting adventure;
Take pleasure in Nordic skiing, Snowshoeing, or Snowmobiling in the winter as all are within easy reach from Cascade and The Retreat;
Utilize the miles of Trails for Backpacking, Hiking, Running, Riding, Cycling Mountain biking, and/or exploring;
More Trails--- over 2600 miles in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness or more than 208 miles in Idaho in the Hells Canyon Wilderness which are available for exploration ;
Cascade Lake just six miles north has a Scenic Loop drive around the 17 mile long by about 4 mile wide lake which has 100 miles of shoreline for water activities at your disposal;
Water Skiing, Windsurfing, Sailing, Fishing, Lake Tours, and Ice Fishing in the winter are found at Cascade, Payette and Warm Lakes to be used for your entertainment;
Snow Tubing and Sledding, Curling, Ice Skating and Sleigh Rides are also popular winter activities which provide enticement for individual, group or family activities;
Anderson Creek Trail head is the beginning of miles of snowmobiling on the West Mountains;snowmobiling and The Lake Cascade Recreation Area is rated as one of the top 10 'PLACES TO SNOWMOBILE' in the Northwest by SnowWest Magazine--
Scenic Drives which are abundant and provide 'heart-stopping' beauty with abundant wildflowers to hone your photography skills as well as mushrooms and berry picking;
The Gem State is ideal for rock hounds--imagine finding an Idaho garnet; and
Yellow Pine (population 40) is a good starting point to explore ghost towns and the back country and getting there provides miles of incredible scenery whether you go take the paved South Fork of the Salmon River road or by the more rustic Johnson Creek summit one.
Tamarack and Brundage Resort and Ski Areas
McCall Winter Festival and Ice Skating arena,
packing or trail riding services,
back country charted flights,
four golf courses in the area,
Kelly's Whitewater Park for watching or participating in kayaking, stretches about 1800' down the Payette with four man-made rapids as well as a short slalom channel
Cascade River Walk on the banks of the Payette on the east side of Cascade from North end to South end of Cascade or Crown Point Trail thru the woods along Payette Lake for Running, Biking or Hiking in summer or Skiing and Snowshoeing in the winter.
Elk feeding tours, and
Gold Fork Plunge are some of the amenities.
Many activities take place throughout the year:
fishing derbies and tournaments,
arts and craft fairs,
Cinco De Mayo celebrations,
3-summit- bike challenge,
Harmonica and Bluegrass Festivals,
snowmobile runs and Winter Jamboree Snowmobile Event, and
Forest Service and commercial hot springs.
Check with us or The Cascade Chamber of Commerce for more information.