Cascade Idaho – Gateway To Valley County
Cascade is located in Long Valley in the central Idaho mountains between the beautiful North Fork of the Payette River (known for its world class kayaking) and Cascade Lake. The Cascade area offers year-round outdoor sports and recreation for everyone, popular for all types of boating, the prevailing winds on the lake make it an excellent location for sailing and wind-surfing. Rainbow trout, Coho salmon and perch can be caught at Cascade Lake from shore or by boat in the summer or through the ice in winter. The numerous rivers, streams and mountain lakes in the surrounding 50 mile area offer a variety of fishing opportunities. For the hearty winter sports enthusiast, the area offers 800 miles of groomed snow-mobile trails and 27 km of groomed Nordic Ski trails. Annual events in Cascade include:
- Thunder Mountain Days (July 4)
- Valley County Fair and Rodeo ( 1st week in August)
- Winter Jamboree (February)
A beautiful and challenging nine hole golf course graces the shores of Cascade Lake. The City maintains a park in town with tennis court, playground & pavilion. The City also hosts several invitational softball tournaments at its sports park which includes two baseball diamonds, a football field, picnic area, playground & concession stand. Hunting, camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, rafting and photography are just a few of the outdoor recreational opportunities available. Cascade is the gateway to the Frank Church Wilderness Area. Back country ranches are accessible from the Cascade Airport, with approximately 4700 ft of paved and lighted runway. Cascade is home to approximately 1,050 permanent residents and it is the county seat for Valley County. Valley County and the U.S. Forest Service are the Largest employers. The Cascade School District is a small rural school with approximately 259 student K-12 and 50 staff members. There are seven churches of various denominations serving Cascade, and a Senior Citizen Center. Medical needs are met by the Valley County Hospital that is staffed by two full-time doctors. Clean air and friendly people make Valley County the ideal place to live.
Four Season Living
Describes the year/round setting that we all so enjoy. Summers are mild with temperatures in the 75-95’s with cool nights through August. Fall brings turning of the leaves, squirrels gathering nuts and the notice that it is time to cut firewood. Winter snows begin with a skiff in October & November with generally a white Christmas of one foot plus in the Valley floor and three feet plus on the High Mountains. Spring runoff signals the beginning growth of wildflowers, pastures, trees and wildlife
Recreation – Tourism
Clean Air, lakes, trees, awesome scenery, pristine mountains, and camping describes just some of the values we enjoy in the Cascade Area. Summertime golfing, whitewater rafting, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, parasailing, hobycat, rock climbing, camping, sightseeing, backpacking and picnics to mountain lakes, photography, canoeing, horseback riding, bird watching in the summer to downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, hot tubing, snow shoeing, trapping, inner tubing down snow-covered hills, snowmobile racing, sightseeing, ice sculptures and frosty the snowman.
Hunting & Fishing
Wild Game Animals plentifully abound throughout the region and include: Rocky Mountain Elk, deer, moose, bear, bobcat, mountain lion, coyotes, foxes, blue grouse, wolf and ruffed grouse. Other animals include. squirrels, chipmunks, osprey, bald eagles, pelicans, ducks, geese, swans, ground squirrels. Rifle hunting season, black-powder, archery, and shotgun seasons start in the fall with cow elk as a draw application, with bull elk, buck, and doe as a general season. Fishing species in the area includes: trout, perch, Tiger Muskie, bass, white fish, bull trout, rainbow, dolly varden, coho, brown, steelhead. and salmon. Ice fishing on Lake Cascade is very popular.
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