So Many Things to See…
The Lake Cascade Recreation Area has so many forms of recreational pursuits in the area, you will have a hard time seeing and doing everything available to you. You may not get as much adrenaline pumping through you as you would in some of our other area adventures, but don’t miss out on these local attractions!
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List of Cascade Attractions
Natural Hot Springs
Many natural hot springs are dotted throughout the area. Gold Fork Hot Springs is a developed facility in a beautiful natural setting and is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.
Founded in 1906 as a support community for the nearby gold camps of Thunder Mountain and Stibnite, a trip to Yellow Pine will take you back to a simpler time. With a year-round population that fluctuates around 65, this small community hosts one of the largest harmonica contests in the nation. While there, check out Idaho’s most unique 18-hole wilderness golf course and search out the ghost mining towns of Cinnabar and Thunder Mountain. Be sure to take your camera or phone.
Totem Poles at Arrowhead RV Park
Located at the southern edge of Cascade, Arrowhead RV Park has at least 50 carved totem poles that are placed throughout the park. The craftsmanship in the creation of these poles are amazing and will fascinate those who are fortunate enough to see them. The park is private so you need to call ahead to arrange your visit.
Steelhead and Chinook Salmon Spawns
Twice a year the waters literally writhe with thousands of steelhead and salmon that have travelled from the ocean to spawn in the South Fork of the Salmon River and Johnson Creek near Yellow Pine.
Cascade River Walk
Enjoy the scenery, bird life and occasional wildlife as you stroll along the banks of the Payette River as it takes a gentle curve around Cascade. You can start your walk either at the Fisher Pond Park by the sports park located at the southeast end of Cascade or behind the Ashley Inn at the opposite side of town. You may consider walking in both directions. For those not wishing to do the full two-mile walk, you can shorten your walk by accessing The Strand at Kelly’s Whitewater Park.
Kelly’s Whitewater Park
Located just east of Cascade, directly off Hwy. 55, as you come into town, Kelly’s is the first of its kind in Idaho, attracting canoers, kayakers, rafters and tubers for both competitions leisurely play. The park stretches 1,800 feet down from the Payette River as it flows past the site of the old Boise-Cascade Mill. The park is also home to a 2,660 square foot Welcome Center that overlooks the river and mountains. It is a gallery like setting that showcases a different theme each year and is also home to the John Borbonus War Memorial, the only one if it’s kind in the country.
Cascade Aquatic & Recreation Center
Come visit Cascade’s year-round heated pools and fitness center! The pools are geothermally heated through a heat plate exchange system. The fitness center is equipped with weight training equipment and cardio machines.
The resort is located in a beautiful setting overlooking Lake Cascade and offers a lot of recreational opportunities that include golf, hiking, biking, downhill skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding.
25 miles from Cascade, Warm Lake is a beautiful deep natural lake very popular for camping, fishing and hiking. You can’t beat Warm Lake for lake-fishing which is stocked with trout. The area is renowned for wildlife viewing, especially moose. Fully developed facilities include a Lodge and numerous campsites.
Designated for its natural beauty and abundance of wildlife, Highway 55 follows the North Fork of the Payette River all the way to the Lake Cascade Recreation Area. The historic Rainbow Bridge, built in 1933 and located just north of Smiths Ferry, is Idaho’s largest single-span concrete arch structure.
The Roxy Theatre
Restored to its 1940’s glory, this art deco theatre is a local historical landmark and is well worth paying the cost of admission just to see the theatre.
Come Visit Yellow Pine, Idaho a little Back Country Town tucked in Idaho’s West Central Mountains 60 miles North East of Cascade, Idaho. Come enjoy the beautiful wildlife and Back Country scenery on a Trail Ride or Summer Pack Trip!