Year Round Fun!
In fall, the big trout are biting, hunting season begins, and local residents and visitors alike look forward to the seasons first snowfall. Usually by Thanksgiving snow is on the ground; snowmobilers and skiers are breaking out their equipment. As winter comes into fullness the lake freezes over and the ice fishing for the big trout and perch begins. Miles of trails greet the avid snow enthusiast regardless of their preferred means of transportation for reaching nearby mountain peaks. While high above the valley, visitors can stop at natural hot springs and take in the stunning views.
Lake Cascade State Park is nestled in the majestic mountains of central Idaho just outside Donnelly on State Highway 55. This large park provides diverse and exciting recreational opportunities throughout all four seasons. Popular for all types of boating, prevailing winds on the water make it especially well suited for sailing and windsurfing. Rainbow trout, Coho salmon, and small mouth bass and perch can be caught from the shore or by boat in the summer or through the ice in the winter.
Boise National Forest
The Boise National Forest is just to the east of Donnelly and measures some 2,612,000 acres. Elevations here range from 2,600 to 9,800 feet. Most of the land lies within the Idaho Batholith, a large and highly erodable geologic formation. The Boise and Payette Rivers; South and Middle Fork drainages of the Salmon River all flow through this wonderful forest. Conifer forest covers most of the Boise National Forest. Tree species including ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, grand fir, subalpine fir, western larch and whitebark pine all make up the lush natural environment here. Shrubs and grasses grow in the non-forested areas. Wildflowers splash color in both forests and shrub-land. The Forest contains large expanses of summer range for big game species like mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk and trout are native to most streams and lakes.
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