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May 2024 Update

All campgrounds and day use areas are open for the season. Full hook-up ( water, electric and sewer) are available at Poison Creek  and specific sites at  Ridgeview. See details at “Find a Campsite” on our site.

  • Blue Heron Campground and Boat Ramp area will close intermittently through June of 2024 as part of the Blue Heron Repaving Project. Following excavation work, the Blue Heron Unit will reopen with new pavement and additional parking.
    • Blue Heron is scheduled to be closed Monday through Thursday to all traffic and use within the park unit.
    • Blue Heron Campground and Boat Ramp will be open Friday through Sunday to camping, day use, and boat launch access. (Alternatives include Van Wyck, Sugarloaf, Boulder Creek, Buttercup, and Poison Creek boat ramps.)
  • This is a tentative schedule for the month of June with project completion expected prior to the 4th of July weekend. We appreciate your patience during the project. Updates will be provided here and on the park’s Facebook page. Please call Lake Cascade State Park for additional information at (208) 382-6544.

The Idaho Mountain Amateur Radio Society will have its annual ARRL Field Day from June 20th through the 24th at Curlew Campground. Camping will be closed for the event, but the public is welcome to stop by and learn about amateur radio on Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd and 23rd.

Osprey Point Yurts are available year-round and can be made by calling 1-888-922-6743 or by visiting www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov.

For information about the Lake Cascade Marina, click here or visit the tab below.

Park Reservations
By phone: 1-888-9-CAMPID or 1-888-922-6743

Open House on Proposed Marina: April 2, 2024

 

The meeting will solicit public input on the proposal for up to 200 boat slips, onsite fuel sales and a boat rental and retail facility. It will occur from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post #60 at 105. E. Mill St., Cascade, ID 83611.

Representatives of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR), the federal Bureau of Reclamation, and Tamarack Resort will answer questions about the proposal and the review process. The marina is being considered by Reclamation under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The public comment period runs until April 17, 2024, and only comments submitted in writing via the BOR website or mailed or hand delivered to bureau will be considered (info below).

Additional information:

Background

The Idaho Park and Recreation Board approved an agreement with Tamarack Resort to develop a marina on Lake Cascade at Poison Creek at its November 8, 2023 meeting.

A National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review will begin in the winter of 2023/2024, and successful completion of the process is a requirement for the project to be built. Tamarack proposed a marina of up to 200 slips, which will sell fuel and have other services.

The federal Bureau of Reclamation will lead the review process, which will include public outreach and an opportunity for Reclamation to receive input on the proposal. No comments will be accepted until the process is underway, which ensures all input becomes part of the official record.

The 20-year agreement between IDPR and Tamarack is contingent upon the Reclamation review and approval. Click here to see the details.

The Tamarack proposal was one of two accepted by the IDPR Board in December 2021 after a request for proposals. Following the approval of the Tamarack agreement, department staff checked with the second company, Lake Cascade Sport and Marine, which had submitted a proposal for a Van Wyck marina. The company has notified IDPR that it has formerly withdrawn its proposal, and IDPR will consider potential options for this area.

More Background: Concepts Accepted in December 2021

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation originally considered two proposals to provide future marinas on Lake Cascade. The department issued a “Letter of Intent” to two entities that responded to a 2021 request for proposals — Tamarack Resort and Lake Cascade Sport and Marine.

At this point, the parties are negotiating to determine if the proposals have the potential to be viable projects worth pursuing. For the proposals to move forward, IDPR will require detailed conceptual plans to be submitted, which will then be reviewed and will only move forward if found to be desirable.

Ultimately, the proposals must be submitted to the federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to undergo the full federal review process, which would offer a chance for interested parties to provide comment.

The proposals were presented to the Idaho Park and Recreation Board at the December 1, 2021 meeting:

History

For more than 30 years, support for marinas on Lake Cascade has been building. In 1991, BOR completed a Lake Cascade Resource Management Plan, which was updated in 2002 and indicated community interest in facilities. In 2004, the Lake Cascade Marina Preliminary Study was completed, which again assessed the viability of marina services on the lake. IDPR, BOR, citizens and businesses and developers worked cooperatively on the study.

Finally, in 2016, Lake Cascade State Park and the department participated in the Cascade Community Review. One of the review’s outcomes was renewed support for development of marina services on the lake.

The department issued a request for proposals for marina services in late 2021, which netted the Tamarack proposal involving the park’s Poison Creek unit and the Lake Cascade Sport and Marine proposal involving the Van Wyck unit.

For more information email inquiry@idpr.idaho.gov or call 208-514-2254.

Current Conditions

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Address: 100 Kelly's Parkway (P.O. BOX 709)
Cascade, ID 83611
Phone: (208) 382-6544
Hours of Operation: Day-use locations within state parks are open from 7 am to 10 pm, per Idaho state code 26.01.20 (5). Day-use hours may change based on park manager discretion.

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