Lake Cascade

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Lake Cascade

Idaho

(208) 382-4258

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Overview

Lake Cascade which is formed by Cascade Dam is part of the Boise Project. Managed by the Bureau of Reclamation, this 44 square mile (28,300-acre) lake offers 86 miles of shoreline. The most popular Reclamation recreational reservoir in Idaho, Cascade's annual visitation exceeds 300,000 people. Boating, fishing, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and swimming are the major recreation activities at Lake Cascade. Cascade's fish species include rainbow and brown trout, coho and kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, bullhead catfish, and yellow perch. The Idaho state record coho salmon (5 lb. 8 oz., 24 1/2 inches) was taken from Lake Cascade in 1992. Season open year-round. Site offers: restrooms (Carbarton and Poison Creek restrooms open during winter), boat ramps and docks, marina, campgrounds at Blue Heron (12-units), Buttercup (30-units), Cabarton (12-units), Crown Point (38-units), Huckleberry (33-units), Poison Creek (20-units), Sugarloaf (42-units), Van Wyck Park (22-units), Curlew (25-tent sites), West Mountain North (18-units), and West Mountain South (25-units), parking, picnic tables, swimming, dump station, fuel, and disability facilities.

Map of Lake Cascade

Latitude, Longitude: 44.532307, -116.055354

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Activities

  • Boating

    Popular for all types of boating, prevailing winds on the water make it especially well suited for sailing and windsurfing.

  • Bicycling

    Lake Cascada is home to many biking trails.

  • Camping

    Campgrounds' names and sizes are: Blue Heron (12-units), Buttercup (30-units), Cabarton (12-units), Crown Point (38-units), Huckleberry (33-units), Poison Creek (20-units), Sugarloaf (42-units), Van Wyck Park (22-units), Curlew (25-tent sites), West Mountain North (18-units), and West Mountain South (25-units).

  • Fishing

    Cascade's fish species include rainbow and brown trout, coho and kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, bullhead catfish, and yellow perch. The Idaho state record coho salmon (5 lb. 8 oz., 24 1/2 inches) was taken from Lake Cascade in 1992. Season open year-round.

  • Hiking

    With 4,450 acres hikers often enjoy paths ranging in difficulty. Birdwatching is another popular pasttime in these parts.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is permitted on horseback riding trails.

  • Hunting

    Contact park regarding hunting rules and regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports include all types of boating, windsurfing, and fishing.

  • Winter Sports

    From ice fishing, to snowmobiling, to cross country skiing , to snowshoeing there is an array of wintersports waiting for you.

Seasonality/Weather

Open all year around.

Directions

Driving

Directions: The lake is west of Cascade, 70 miles north of Boise on Idaho State Route 55. Once in Cascade, turn left toward the reservoir.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(208) 382-4258

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