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Lake Cascade Snapshot

Location
75 miles N of Boise, ID
293 miles S of Spokane, WA
418 miles NW of Salt Lake City, UT 

Current Local Weather Conditions
NOAA / National Weather Service

Acreage
500

Elevation
4,828

Open
Year-round 

Park office hours

Daily 8 am.-4:30 pm.  (As staffing permits)

Overnight
164 standard, 83 serviced (7 ADA), 32 primitive, 2 group camps (1 group yurt area, with 3 yurts and group camping at Snowbank)

Amenities
Showers at Poison Creek and Ridgeview, dump station at Van Wyck and West Mountain, firewood, seasonal (non-motorized) boat rental, First Time Adventure Program

Boating
Ramps, handling docks, life jacket loaner station at Blue Heron, Van Wyck, Sugarloaf, Boulder Creek, Buttercup, Poison Creek

Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, cycle, swim, horseshoes, motorized and non-motorized boats, sailing, windsurfing, fish, water sports

Local Events
Cascade Chamber of Commerce, Calendar

Group
Shelters at Big Sage and Poison Creek, camping at Snowbank, yurts at Osprey Point

Winter
Ice fishing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing

Trails
Hike, bike, Nordic

Water Trails
Check out the Payette River Basin Water Trails  (link is external)

Wildlife
Rainbow trout, Coho salmon, smallmouth bass, perch, deer, elk, fox, bear, cougar, water fowl, eagle, hawk, owl, song birds, badger, raccoon, skunk

Learn
Junior Ranger programs, summer workshops, First Time Adventure Program

Nearby
Whitewater Park, public pool and fitness center, whitewater rafting, golf, alpine Nordic ski, snowmobiling, recreational vehicle trails

Rent or purchase

Kayak and stand-up-paddleboard rental available at Van Wyck Boat Ramp. Check with office for availability.

WiFi 
Yes, at the Ridgeview and Poison Creek campgrounds.

GPS coordinates
44.5240 / 116.0510

 

Lake Cascade offers two group camping opportunities, including Snowbank group camp and Osprey Point group yurts, 279 individual campsites in 10 developed campgrounds (with power, sewer, and water at Poison Creek and Ridgeview)two dispersed camping areas with primitive camping, several day use areas, and 6 boat launch ramps.

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Welcome to Lake Cascade State Park

 

Windsurfers and boat sails crisscross Lake Cascade when the afternoon winds kick up.  Fishers catch rainbow trout, Coho salmon or small mouth bass all year long and hikers or mountain bikers traverse a variety of trails within and beyond the park.  Whether you're a beginner or an expert, the nearby North Fork of the Payette River offers world-class white water adventure.  

Lake Cascade has as many camping options as it does recreational opportunities with hundreds of campsites ranging from primitive to fully serviced hook-ups.  The sites are located along 86 miles of shoreline with beautiful views of Lake Cascade and the North Fork Mountain Range.
Visit the Bureau of Reclamation website for current water levels. 

Lake Cascade Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

$20-$45 per night 

Standard camp site

$12-$21 per night

Group camp

$50-$55 for up to 20 campers $3 per person additional up to 75 campers max.

Group Yurts

$175-$193 per night, sleep a max. of 30 people

Fees do not include sales tax

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 


Unique Overnight Stays

Osprey Point Group Yurt Camp

Located on the west side of the lake. There are three large yurts in a common area.  Two are on one deck and the third is on a separate deck.   This camp is designed to accommodate groups up to 30 people.

Available sleeping

  • Bluebird Yurt (20’) has 1 single/single bunk bed, 1single/double bunk bed, & 1 double futon couch-bed. Sleeps (7)
  • Appaloosa Yurt (24’) has 1 single/single bunk bed, 2 single/double bunk beds, & 2 double futon couch-beds. Sleeps (12)
  • Syringa Yurt (24’) has 3 single/double bunk beds, & 1 double futon couch-bed. Sleeps (11)

Each yurt has a cook table, a dining table, and folding chairs, a two burner Coleman cook stove and two Coleman lanterns.  Renters need to supply their own propane canisters. We recommend 1 canister each appliance per day.  The lanterns must have the short fat canisters, not the tall ones.  (A stove with both burners on will burn for 1-4.5 hours on one canister; a lantern on full will burn 7 hours.) (Plastic mattress covers are available upon request)

You will need to bring:

  • Food/Drinks/Condiments
  • Paper towels
  • Cooking/Eating Utensils
  • Dishcloths/Soap
  • Pots/Pans/Dishes
  • Personal Items
  • Bedding/Pillows
  • Flashlight
  • Insect/Sun protection
  • Matches/Etc.              

Amenities

Composting vault (ADA) toilets are available. No shower facilities.  Drinking water is available at the outside faucet on the eastside of the well house.  Picnic tables are available outside and a large fire ring is between the decks (except in the winter).  Showers are at Poison Creek campground when water is available for $3.00 per shower/person.

No Electricity or Telephones. Some cell phones may work, but you will want to check yours before counting on it.

Renters are responsible for light cleaning.

A broom and dustpan are provided.  Sheets and/or plastic mattress covers need to be removed and placed in designated spot.

Each yurt has a wood burning stove.

Firewood is available to purchase for $8.00 per level wheelbarrow load. The stoves will accommodate wood up to 12” long.

Longer pieces of wood do not fit correctly in the fire box and can break the glass in the stove door.

Reminders

Please dispose of your gray water (dish water) in the handicap toilet.

All vehicles must stay in the parking area.

Day use hours are 7am to 10 pm.  

NO SMOKING INSIDE THE YURTS.

NO PETS are allowed.

Check-out / 12:00 pm

Check-in / 3:00 pm

Fee Schedule

Please call our Call Center at 1-888-922-6743 for Reservations.

(6% Idaho state sales tax required on all fees.)

  • $25.00 reservation fee (nonrefundable and does not apply to rental fees)
  • $175-$193 per night for the 3 yurts.
  • Children under 3 yrs. N/C
  • All motorized vehicles require a (MVEF) fee of $5.00 daily or an Idaho State Parks Passport Sticker or IDPR Annual Pass.
  • For an additional charge of $10.60/night per RV or tent you may also have up to five (5) camping units. 8 people per site.
  • Firewood is $8.00 per level wheelbarrow load.

 

       

Snowbank Group Area

Located on the southeast side of the lake. Offers a semi-secluded camping experience. This camp is designed to accommodate groups of up to 75 people. Children under 3 are exempt.

There is a 25 space parking lot for vehicles and RVs (trucks with trailers use two spots). All vehicles must stay in the designated parking area.

There is an adjacent grassy area for walk-in tent camping. This area has partial shade.

Amenities

There are 16 picnic tables, 16 fire grills and a 5’ ground fire ring for group gatherings. Central water and vault toilets are available.

There are no hook-ups or electricity. No shower facilities. Showers are available at Ridgeview campground for $3.00 per shower/per person.

Firewood is available to purchase for $5.00 per bundle (nearest location is Blue Heron).

Reminders

Please dispose of your gray water (dish water) in the vault toilet.

All vehicles must stay in the parking area.

Day use hours are 7am to 10 pm.  

Check-out / 1:00 pm

Check-in / 2:00 pm

Fee Schedule

Please call our Call Center at 1-888-922-6743 for Reservations.

(6% Idaho state sales tax required on all fees.)

  • $25.00 reservation fee (nonrefundable and does not apply to rental fees)
  • $53-60 per night for up to 20 people
  • $3.00 per person/per night for each person over the initial 20 people
  • $10.00 cancelation or reservation modification fee
  • Children under 3 yrs. N/C
  • All motorized vehicles require a (MVEF) fee of $5.00 daily or an Idaho State Parks Passport Sticker or IDPR Annual Pass.

      

   

 



The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 


Idaho's First Time Adventure Program

Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, bike, fish or engage in paddle sports, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

          

Participating State Parks

Castle Rocks State Park

Castle Rocks State Park offers an introductory fishing program for all ages.  Equipment is available. Contact the park directly to participate: (208)824-5519

Hells Gate State Park
Hells Gate State Park offers several first time programs including instruction on camping, bicycling and bird watching. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)799-5015.

Lake Cascade State Park
Lake Cascade State Park offers introductory programs for both first time campers and paddlers. Camping and paddling equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)382-6544.

Lucky Peak State Park
Lucky Peak State Park offers an introductory outdoor recreation skills programs specific to fishing, camping and dutch oven cooking. Equipment is available at the park for use. Contact the park directly for details (208)334-2432.

Lake Walcott State Park
Lake Walcott State Park offers a first time fishing program for all ages. Instruction provided and equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)436-1258.

Massacre Rocks State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park offers an intensive water sports safety programs for all ages and skill levels including first time canoeing and kayaking classes. Vessels and safety equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)548-2672.

Priest Lake State Park
Priest Lake State Park offers several first time adventure programs including first time camping, dutch oven cooking, snow shoeing and water sports. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)443-2200.  

Winchester Lake State Park

Winchester Lake State Park offers a first time fishing program, complete with an end-of-year tournament, for all ages. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)924-7563.

 

First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by:

 


Calling All Explorers Ages 6-12!

We invite you to be an official Idaho State Park Junior Ranger. We need you to help keep Idaho's State Parks beautiful and protect the plants and animals that live here. Simply pick up a Junior Ranger Guide and earn stamps and prizes for completing fun activities.

You'll Get To...

  • Take a HIKE
  • IDENTIFY special plants and animals
  • Help keep your campsite and the park clean
  • Go to an interpretive program to hear PARK STORIES
  • Learn to be SAFE in parks and on trails, rivers and lakes.

Get Started...

  1. Pick up the Junior Ranger Guide
  2. Collect stamps for each completed activity from a staff person or campground host.
  3. Complete four out of six options for activities to be awarded recognition 
  4. On your first park visit earn the Junior Ranger badge, your second visit the patch, and a third visit a certificate signed by Scout!

Parents and Guardians:

Our goal is to help your children have fun in the outdoors while learning about state parks and making connections to the natural world. Please feel free to join your
children in the Junior Ranger activities. We think you'll have a great time too!

Participating Parks:

Castle Rocks State Park
City of Rocks National Reserve *
Farragut State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Dworshak State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Ponderosa State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Three Island Crossing State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Harriman State Park *
Heyburn State Park
Henrys Lake State Park
Land of Yankee Fork State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Round Lake State Park
Thousand Springs State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
Eagle Island State Park
Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *


This list includes Idaho State Parks that offer the Junior Ranger program from Memorial Day through September.

*These parks offer Junior Ranger programs year-round.


Big Sage Shelter

$75.00 per day / 75 people maximum

$100.00 Cleaning/Damage deposit

Size of Shelter:  20’ wide X 30’ long

One fire ring that is 5’ across

12 tables: feet long

Electricity available – 4 outlets

Water available

Large charcoal grill available upon request

Poison Creek Shelter

$75.00 per day / 75 people maximum

$100.00 Cleaning/Damage deposit 

Size of Shelter: 22’ wide X 36’ long   

One fire ring that is 5’ across 

12 tables: feet long  

Electricity available – 4 outlets

Water available

 

    General Information:

    • 6% Idaho state sales tax required on all fees.
    • Shelter reservation fee of $25.00 is Non-Refundable (does not apply to shelter fee).
    • Reservation fee, use fees and cleaning/damage deposit must be paid at the time of the reservation.
    • Cleaning Deposit refundable based on cleanliness of shelter and use area.
    • All motor vehicles entering the park must pay the $5.00 entrance fee or display a valid Idaho State Parks Passport.
    • Parking is limited.
    • If you wish to have acoustical music, approval must be obtained from park staff prior to your gathering.
    • Shelter hours are from 9:00am to 10:00pm.
    • Pets must be on a leashed at all times and owners are responsible for pet clean up.
    • Reserved area is limited to the immediate outdoor area surrounding the shelter reserved. Exclusive use of waterfront/beach is no included or permitted.
    • All decorations must have prior approval.
    • Tent stakes, spikes or ground anchors are not permitted.
    • The person making this reservation is responsible for informing all group members, caterers, rental companies and etc. of the above information.
    • Groups arriving at the park without a reservation may use the group shelters (provided they are not reserved by another group), subject to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation rules. Hours and cleanup rules apply.

    Downloads

    Boat Rental Rates
    Boat Rental Agreement
    Day-Use Shelter Reservation Request / Day-Use Shelter Use Contract
    Alcohol Permit
    Group Use Permit

      Lake Cascade Snapshot

      Location
      75 miles N of Boise, ID
      293 miles S of Spokane, WA
      418 miles NW of Salt Lake City, UT 

      Current Local Weather Conditions
      NOAA / National Weather Service

      Acreage
      500

      Elevation
      4,828

      Open
      Year-round 

      Park office hours

      Daily 8 am.-4:30 pm.  (As staffing permits)

      Overnight
      164 standard, 83 serviced (7 ADA), 32 primitive, 2 group camps (1 group yurt area, with 3 yurts and group camping at Snowbank)

      Amenities
      Showers at Poison Creek and Ridgeview, dump station at Van Wyck and West Mountain, firewood, seasonal (non-motorized) boat rental, First Time Adventure Program

      Boating
      Ramps, handling docks, life jacket loaner station at Blue Heron, Van Wyck, Sugarloaf, Boulder Creek, Buttercup, Poison Creek

      Activities
      Camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, cycle, swim, horseshoes, motorized and non-motorized boats, sailing, windsurfing, fish, water sports

      Local Events
      Cascade Chamber of Commerce, Calendar

      Group
      Shelters at Big Sage and Poison Creek, camping at Snowbank, yurts at Osprey Point

      Winter
      Ice fishing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing

      Trails
      Hike, bike, Nordic

      Water Trails
      Check out the Payette River Basin Water Trails  (link is external)

      Wildlife
      Rainbow trout, Coho salmon, smallmouth bass, perch, deer, elk, fox, bear, cougar, water fowl, eagle, hawk, owl, song birds, badger, raccoon, skunk

      Learn
      Junior Ranger programs, summer workshops, First Time Adventure Program

      Nearby
      Whitewater Park, public pool and fitness center, whitewater rafting, golf, alpine Nordic ski, snowmobiling, recreational vehicle trails

      Rent or purchase

      Kayak and stand-up-paddleboard rental available at Van Wyck Boat Ramp. Check with office for availability.

      WiFi 
      Yes, at the Ridgeview and Poison Creek campgrounds.

      GPS coordinates
      44.5240 / 116.0510

       

      Lake Cascade offers two group camping opportunities, including Snowbank group camp and Osprey Point group yurts, 279 individual campsites in 10 developed campgrounds (with power, sewer, and water at Poison Creek and Ridgeview)two dispersed camping areas with primitive camping, several day use areas, and 6 boat launch ramps.

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      Welcome to Lake Cascade State Park

       

      Windsurfers and boat sails crisscross Lake Cascade when the afternoon winds kick up.  Fishers catch rainbow trout, Coho salmon or small mouth bass all year long and hikers or mountain bikers traverse a variety of trails within and beyond the park.  Whether you're a beginner or an expert, the nearby North Fork of the Payette River offers world-class white water adventure.  

      Lake Cascade has as many camping options as it does recreational opportunities with hundreds of campsites ranging from primitive to fully serviced hook-ups.  The sites are located along 86 miles of shoreline with beautiful views of Lake Cascade and the North Fork Mountain Range.
      Visit the Bureau of Reclamation website for current water levels. 

      Lake Cascade Fees

       

      Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

      $5 per vehicle

      Serviced camp site

      $20-$45 per night 

      Standard camp site

      $12-$21 per night

      Group camp

      $50-$55 for up to 20 campers $3 per person additional up to 75 campers max.

      Group Yurts

      $175-$193 per night, sleep a max. of 30 people

      Fees do not include sales tax

       

       

         
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         

       

      Unique Overnight Stays

      Osprey Point Group Yurt Camp

      Located on the west side of the lake. There are three large yurts in a common area.  Two are on one deck and the third is on a separate deck.   This camp is designed to accommodate groups up to 30 people.

      Available sleeping

      • Bluebird Yurt (20’) has 1 single/single bunk bed, 1single/double bunk bed, & 1 double futon couch-bed. Sleeps (7)
      • Appaloosa Yurt (24’) has 1 single/single bunk bed, 2 single/double bunk beds, & 2 double futon couch-beds. Sleeps (12)
      • Syringa Yurt (24’) has 3 single/double bunk beds, & 1 double futon couch-bed. Sleeps (11)

      Each yurt has a cook table, a dining table, and folding chairs, a two burner Coleman cook stove and two Coleman lanterns.  Renters need to supply their own propane canisters. We recommend 1 canister each appliance per day.  The lanterns must have the short fat canisters, not the tall ones.  (A stove with both burners on will burn for 1-4.5 hours on one canister; a lantern on full will burn 7 hours.) (Plastic mattress covers are available upon request)

      You will need to bring:

      • Food/Drinks/Condiments
      • Paper towels
      • Cooking/Eating Utensils
      • Dishcloths/Soap
      • Pots/Pans/Dishes
      • Personal Items
      • Bedding/Pillows
      • Flashlight
      • Insect/Sun protection
      • Matches/Etc.              

      Amenities

      Composting vault (ADA) toilets are available. No shower facilities.  Drinking water is available at the outside faucet on the eastside of the well house.  Picnic tables are available outside and a large fire ring is between the decks (except in the winter).  Showers are at Poison Creek campground when water is available for $3.00 per shower/person.

      No Electricity or Telephones. Some cell phones may work, but you will want to check yours before counting on it.

      Renters are responsible for light cleaning.

      A broom and dustpan are provided.  Sheets and/or plastic mattress covers need to be removed and placed in designated spot.

      Each yurt has a wood burning stove.

      Firewood is available to purchase for $8.00 per level wheelbarrow load. The stoves will accommodate wood up to 12” long.

      Longer pieces of wood do not fit correctly in the fire box and can break the glass in the stove door.

      Reminders

      Please dispose of your gray water (dish water) in the handicap toilet.

      All vehicles must stay in the parking area.

      Day use hours are 7am to 10 pm.  

      NO SMOKING INSIDE THE YURTS.

      NO PETS are allowed.

      Check-out / 12:00 pm

      Check-in / 3:00 pm

      Fee Schedule

      Please call our Call Center at 1-888-922-6743 for Reservations.

      (6% Idaho state sales tax required on all fees.)

      • $25.00 reservation fee (nonrefundable and does not apply to rental fees)
      • $175-$193 per night for the 3 yurts.
      • Children under 3 yrs. N/C
      • All motorized vehicles require a (MVEF) fee of $5.00 daily or an Idaho State Parks Passport Sticker or IDPR Annual Pass.
      • For an additional charge of $10.60/night per RV or tent you may also have up to five (5) camping units. 8 people per site.
      • Firewood is $8.00 per level wheelbarrow load.

       

             

      Snowbank Group Area

      Located on the southeast side of the lake. Offers a semi-secluded camping experience. This camp is designed to accommodate groups of up to 75 people. Children under 3 are exempt.

      There is a 25 space parking lot for vehicles and RVs (trucks with trailers use two spots). All vehicles must stay in the designated parking area.

      There is an adjacent grassy area for walk-in tent camping. This area has partial shade.

      Amenities

      There are 16 picnic tables, 16 fire grills and a 5’ ground fire ring for group gatherings. Central water and vault toilets are available.

      There are no hook-ups or electricity. No shower facilities. Showers are available at Ridgeview campground for $3.00 per shower/per person.

      Firewood is available to purchase for $5.00 per bundle (nearest location is Blue Heron).

      Reminders

      Please dispose of your gray water (dish water) in the vault toilet.

      All vehicles must stay in the parking area.

      Day use hours are 7am to 10 pm.  

      Check-out / 1:00 pm

      Check-in / 2:00 pm

      Fee Schedule

      Please call our Call Center at 1-888-922-6743 for Reservations.

      (6% Idaho state sales tax required on all fees.)

      • $25.00 reservation fee (nonrefundable and does not apply to rental fees)
      • $53-60 per night for up to 20 people
      • $3.00 per person/per night for each person over the initial 20 people
      • $10.00 cancelation or reservation modification fee
      • Children under 3 yrs. N/C
      • All motorized vehicles require a (MVEF) fee of $5.00 daily or an Idaho State Parks Passport Sticker or IDPR Annual Pass.

            

         

       

      The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

      The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

      When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

      Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

       

      What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

      • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
      • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
      • Your favorite boat launches
      • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

      Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

      Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

      Out of State Guests

      Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

       

      Idaho's First Time Adventure Program

      Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, bike, fish or engage in paddle sports, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

                

      Participating State Parks

      Castle Rocks State Park

      Castle Rocks State Park offers an introductory fishing program for all ages.  Equipment is available. Contact the park directly to participate: (208)824-5519

      Hells Gate State Park
      Hells Gate State Park offers several first time programs including instruction on camping, bicycling and bird watching. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)799-5015.

      Lake Cascade State Park
      Lake Cascade State Park offers introductory programs for both first time campers and paddlers. Camping and paddling equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)382-6544.

      Lucky Peak State Park
      Lucky Peak State Park offers an introductory outdoor recreation skills programs specific to fishing, camping and dutch oven cooking. Equipment is available at the park for use. Contact the park directly for details (208)334-2432.

      Lake Walcott State Park
      Lake Walcott State Park offers a first time fishing program for all ages. Instruction provided and equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)436-1258.

      Massacre Rocks State Park
      Massacre Rocks State Park offers an intensive water sports safety programs for all ages and skill levels including first time canoeing and kayaking classes. Vessels and safety equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)548-2672.

      Priest Lake State Park
      Priest Lake State Park offers several first time adventure programs including first time camping, dutch oven cooking, snow shoeing and water sports. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)443-2200.  

      Winchester Lake State Park

      Winchester Lake State Park offers a first time fishing program, complete with an end-of-year tournament, for all ages. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)924-7563.

       

      First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by:

       

      Calling All Explorers Ages 6-12!

      We invite you to be an official Idaho State Park Junior Ranger. We need you to help keep Idaho's State Parks beautiful and protect the plants and animals that live here. Simply pick up a Junior Ranger Guide and earn stamps and prizes for completing fun activities.

      You'll Get To...

      • Take a HIKE
      • IDENTIFY special plants and animals
      • Help keep your campsite and the park clean
      • Go to an interpretive program to hear PARK STORIES
      • Learn to be SAFE in parks and on trails, rivers and lakes.

      Get Started...

      1. Pick up the Junior Ranger Guide
      2. Collect stamps for each completed activity from a staff person or campground host.
      3. Complete four out of six options for activities to be awarded recognition 
      4. On your first park visit earn the Junior Ranger badge, your second visit the patch, and a third visit a certificate signed by Scout!

      Parents and Guardians:

      Our goal is to help your children have fun in the outdoors while learning about state parks and making connections to the natural world. Please feel free to join your
      children in the Junior Ranger activities. We think you'll have a great time too!

      Participating Parks:

      Castle Rocks State Park
      City of Rocks National Reserve *
      Farragut State Park
      Lake Cascade State Park
      Dworshak State Park
      Hells Gate State Park
      Ponderosa State Park
      Priest Lake State Park
      Three Island Crossing State Park
      Bruneau Dunes State Park
      Harriman State Park *
      Heyburn State Park
      Henrys Lake State Park
      Land of Yankee Fork State Park
      Massacre Rocks State Park
      Round Lake State Park
      Thousand Springs State Park
      Lucky Peak State Park
      Lake Walcott State Park
      Winchester Lake State Park
      Eagle Island State Park
      Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
      Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *


      This list includes Idaho State Parks that offer the Junior Ranger program from Memorial Day through September.

      *These parks offer Junior Ranger programs year-round.

      Big Sage Shelter

      $75.00 per day / 75 people maximum

      $100.00 Cleaning/Damage deposit

      Size of Shelter:  20’ wide X 30’ long

      One fire ring that is 5’ across

      12 tables: feet long

      Electricity available – 4 outlets

      Water available

      Large charcoal grill available upon request

      Poison Creek Shelter

      $75.00 per day / 75 people maximum

      $100.00 Cleaning/Damage deposit 

      Size of Shelter: 22’ wide X 36’ long   

      One fire ring that is 5’ across 

      12 tables: feet long  

      Electricity available – 4 outlets

      Water available

       

        General Information:

        • 6% Idaho state sales tax required on all fees.
        • Shelter reservation fee of $25.00 is Non-Refundable (does not apply to shelter fee).
        • Reservation fee, use fees and cleaning/damage deposit must be paid at the time of the reservation.
        • Cleaning Deposit refundable based on cleanliness of shelter and use area.
        • All motor vehicles entering the park must pay the $5.00 entrance fee or display a valid Idaho State Parks Passport.
        • Parking is limited.
        • If you wish to have acoustical music, approval must be obtained from park staff prior to your gathering.
        • Shelter hours are from 9:00am to 10:00pm.
        • Pets must be on a leashed at all times and owners are responsible for pet clean up.
        • Reserved area is limited to the immediate outdoor area surrounding the shelter reserved. Exclusive use of waterfront/beach is no included or permitted.
        • All decorations must have prior approval.
        • Tent stakes, spikes or ground anchors are not permitted.
        • The person making this reservation is responsible for informing all group members, caterers, rental companies and etc. of the above information.
        • Groups arriving at the park without a reservation may use the group shelters (provided they are not reserved by another group), subject to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation rules. Hours and cleanup rules apply.

        Downloads

        Boat Rental Rates
        Boat Rental Agreement
        Day-Use Shelter Reservation Request / Day-Use Shelter Use Contract
        Alcohol Permit
        Group Use Permit