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Wood Carving Pavilion

“Summer Camp for Grownups”

Come visit us at The Carving Pavilion. We have everything you need to get started…just bring your enthusiasm & we will find you the perfect project! Projects start at $20.00.

The Craft Studio:

Meet with our resident artist Linda Johnson who has taught classes at Arrowhead RV Park for several years. She can teach you to paint, do a silk scarf or make a silver pendant. Also working is BJ Ray who does projects for all ages with beads, bangles and things that dangle.

The Art Yurt:

Please see resident Watercolorist Trish Hooper at the office where her artwork is displayed. Set up a time to visit in The Art Yurt to schedule an individual lesson on basic watercolor techniques with paints, crayons, or pencils. Learn how to paint on a glass jar, aluminum can or on wood. She also offers children free art activities.

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River and Lake Fishing

For anglers, Idaho is truly a land of opportunity and variety. From alpine peaks to lowland deserts and valleys, a dazzling array of waters await discovery; 26,000 miles of streams and rivers, more than 3,000 natural lakes, and a quarter-million acres of ponds and reservoirs. Inhabiting those waters are 42 gamefish species, from giant white sturgeon to wild trout, catfish to kokanee, and smallmouth bass to salmon and steelhead. Fishing trips can be as simple as a short walk to the Arrowhead RV Payette River green belt, a walk under the bridge to Fischer Pond or as challenging as a wilderness float trip.

Twice a year the waters literally writhe with thousands of steelhead and salmon that have travelled from the ocean to spawn in the South Fork of the Salmon River and Johnson Creek near Yellow Pine.

Lake Cascade offers nearly 50 miles of clean, sandy shores perfect for swimming, hiking, and bank fishing with restrooms, boat ramps and good access backroads which completely encircle its fish-filled waters. Anglers catch Perch, Coho, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Tiger Muskie from shore or boat during the summer, or through the ice on Lake Cascade in winter.

Due to the wide range in elevation, the Payette River has a variety of fish and fish habitats. From its mouth upstream to Black Canyon Dam, the river supports a mixed fishery for cold water and warm water species. Mountain whitefish make up the bulk of game fish in this section of river, with smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout, and brown trout making significant contributions. Upstream from Black Canyon Dam, the gradient of the river increases with cold water species increasing in abundance. In unaltered sections of the Payette such as the Cabarton reach, the North Fork is very productive for salmon.

Free Fishing Day - Idaho's Free Fishing Day is an annual event held the second Saturday every June with the closest location at Fischers Pond right across the street from Arrowhead! All anglers, residents and nonresidents, can celebrate the day by fishing Idaho's waters without a license. If you've never been fishing, Free Fishing Day is also a great day to learn. Fish and Game personnel and volunteers set up several free events at local fishing waters throughout the state to help first-timers discover the joys of fishing. There are a limited number of loaner rods and reels available to practice with but if you have your own equipment you are encouraged to bring it.

You must have a valid Idaho fishing license and follow all Idaho State fishing laws at all times. Visit the Cascade Ranger Station in town for maps and additional information. Visit Tom at Tackle Tom's in town for your bait and tackle needs. Don’t forget we have a fish cleaning house right here at Arrowhead RV!

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World Class Whitewater

The Payette River is famous for its whitewater. Experts call the North Fork Class V run one of the most challenging river reaches in North America, if not the world. Kayaking on the lower North Fork from Smith's Ferry to Banks is world-class, easily viewed from state highway #55. The North Fork's flow rate is controlled through the Cascade Dam providing relatively warm water from the shallow Cascade Reservoir. To the east of Banks, the South Fork's Canyon, west of Lowman, is a challenging Class IV run for rafting. Along this trip is a 40-foot Class VI waterfall (Big Falls), which is portaged. The North Fork and South Fork merge at Banks to form the Payette River, providing a float trip with numerous Class III rapids.

Rafting and kayaking on the rivers is a terrific summer sport and there are companies that will take you and your group out or you can go on your own. Visit the front office or our Rec Room for local info on whitewater adventures. If you go out on your own, be sure you know the class for the stretch you plan to take as we have Class 1-5 throughout our area. The whitewater adventure season normally runs from late spring to early fall dictated by the level of river flow. Depending on water flow the section from Arrowhead RV Park to Cabarton offers a long and much milder float which is particularly good for wildlife viewing.

Hiking, Biking and OHV Trails

There are literally thousands of miles of wonderful trails throughout the Lake Cascade Recreation Area for hiking, biking and OHV at all ability levels. Some of the favorite destinations on these back trails are high hidden mountain lakes and lookout towers. Many trails are open to ATV’s and dirt bikes, but remember to grab your OHV trail maps from the Ranger Station on Main St and always check the trail signs on the way in. Click here for the online Idaho Trail Mapping Program

and be sure to follow all local and state OHV laws at all times.

Boating, Floating and Sailing

The majority of the water sports take place on Lake Cascade. Boating, water-skiing and jet-skiing are very popular. Several regattas are held during the summer and there are excellent facilities for launching your boat.

Forest Foraging

A favorite “sport” for locals and visitors alike is “morel mushroom hunting”. Once the weather warms up, usually around the end of May, there is a short window of opportunity to pick these delicacies and become gourmet chefs for our friends and family. Use a mesh bag so as you carry your find through the woods, you drop spores along the way for next years’ crop. Be educated about what you are picking because there are poisonous mushrooms out there as well.

Huckleberries...officially our state fruit! A minor but delightful resource of the Boise and Payette Forests are the abundant yield of wild mountain huckleberries. Huckleberry time is the signal for many people to pack their troubles and duffle and hike to the hills on berry-picking expeditions.

Tamarack Zipline Tour

Explore the mountain in a unique, thrilling, action-packed zip line tour. Experience the rush and listen to the cable zing as we guide you over 4,425 feet of incredible terrain. We’ll send you down 6 different zip lines and suspension bridges…over creeks, canyons, and forest…as you come to rest on a platform high above the ground in a majestic ponderosa pine. Your experienced guides will narrate your journey with information about plants and animals native to the Payette River Mountains and the general history of the area. (208) 325-1006. Click here for web information.

Thunder Mountain Days 4th of July Parade

Cascade’s Fourth of July Celebration, Thunder Mountain Days, is our biggest weekend full of family fun! Starts July 4th with a Buckaroo Breakfast, followed by a parade down Main Street, barbecue, live music and fireworks over Lake Cascade at dusk.

Valley County Fair & Rodeo

The Valley County Fair and Rodeo will feature an outstanding variety of exhibits and entertainment including junior and senior rodeos. Local residents will display their talents in gardening, cooking arts and crafts. The Idaho Cowboys Association Rodeo will include bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, calf roping, breakaway roping and barrel racing. The Valley County Junior Rodeo will include pole bending, barrel racing, goat-tail tying, calf riding, breakaway roping, steer rising and team roping. There will be contests throughout the weekend as well as live entertainment along with the annual 4-H Livestock Auction. Valley County Fair & Rodeo starts the first week in August about a mile down the road from Arrowhead in downtown Cascade. Click here for web information.

4 Summit Challenge

The Four Summit Challenge is held in July and the course covers the two mountain passes along Warm Lake Road. This challenging course attracts cyclists from a wide variety of locations and includes up to 650 riders. The ride starts at the American Legion Hall in downtown Cascade and proceeds down Main Street to Warm Lake Road. From there, riders choose to ride between 1-4 summits. The ride includes Big Creek Summit and Warm Lake Summit descending to Landmark. At Landmark, or a summit of choice, these extremists turn around and backtrack, once again returning to their starting point. This challenging, fully-supported ride consists of four mileage options covering one, two, three, or four mountain summits, respectively. For those looking for a low key, leisurely outing, there is the option to sign up for the Family Fun Ride. Web information Click Here.

The Gravel Grinder

The Gravel Grinder is a long-distance mountain bike ride starting in Cascade and continuing over U.S. Forest Service roads through the Boise and Payette National Forests. Starting in downtown Cascade, continues down Cabarton Road to West Mtn. Road connecting to Forest Service roads on West Mountain. The 76 mile route takes riders through breathtaking terrain with views of the Wallowa Mountain range and Indian and Long Valleys. For those individuals that want to do a shorter distance, there are 35 mile and 57 mile options. Warning! This ride is not for the faint of heart. It is intended for experienced mountain bike riders. There will be 2,000′ vertical climbs and 12% grades along the route. Click here for Web Information.

Payette River Flyer Train Ride

The Payette River Flyer adventure offers a unique journey into some of the best scenery in Southwest Idaho along the North Fork Payette River. Adventurers can relax and enjoy the pristine scenery with glimpses of native Idaho wildlife along the way. Adventurers will travel in our Budd Rail Diesel Car built in 1956 with pickup locations at Smiths Ferry and the Ashley Inn on the north end of Cascade. (208) 331-1184. More information of the Web, Click Here.

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