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Lake Cascade

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Bureau of Reclamation
Snake River Area Office-West
214 Broadway Avenue
Boise, ID 83702



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. Reservoir acre feet and total reservoir capacity and cubic feet/second release rates for rivers below Boise & Payette River Basins reservoirs and select river locations are updated daily and graphically provided. 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.


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Basic 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.

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