cascade idahoWe’re rapidly approaching the much-anticipated summertime lake season here in Cascade Idaho, one of the best-kept secrets in the Mountain West. And luckily for you, The Ashley Inn’s elegant Cascade Idaho lodging is less than a mile from seemingly neverending water activities on breathtaking Lake Cascade, including fishing, kayaking, jet skiing, canoeing, and wakeboarding! Lake Cascade is the fourth largest body of water in Idaho as it covers approximately 47 square miles, so you’ll rarely ever motor or paddle past another vessel if you venture far enough into these calm waters. We’ve compiled three of the most popular things to do in Cascade Idaho during the summertime to enhance your upcoming stay at our charming Cascade hotel.


Lake Cascade is known for its “jumbo” two-pound perch, but you may also cross paths with brook trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, tiger muskies, silver salmon, sockeye salmon, and several other species. For more information on stocking, limits, and possible catches, please visit Idaho Fish & Game’s detailed website. There’s nothing more relaxing than drifting along the calm water on a warm summer day on peaceful Lake Cascade; and there’s nothing more exciting than that first bite of the year, especially if it’s a whopper tiger muskie or a feisty silver salmon!

cascade idahoJet Skiing

For those who need a boat, jet ski, or kayak rental, we recommend stopping by Intermountain Power Sport Rentals, home to the area’s largest collection of watercrafts. If you’re planning on exploring Lake Cascade’s serene beauty, you’ll want to consider a half-day, self-guided jet skiing excursion. There are several uninhabited islands, tranquil inlets, and jaw-dropping mountain views within minutes of downtown Cascade Idaho. The northern edge of Lake Cascade features several wide river forks near Donnelly, including the well-known Gold Fork.


Kayak rentals from Intermountain Power Sport Rentals start at just $40. While The Ashley Inn has teamed up with Water’s Edge RV Park to provide all guests with complimentary kayak and canoe access to the Payette River, many travelers also wish to explore Lake Cascade to observe the mountains, forestry, and islands. Kayaking is a particularly rewarding summertime activity because it not only utilizes nearly a dozen core muscles, but it allows a large group of paddlers to “spread their wings.”

Deluxe Cascade Idaho Hotels

The Ashley Inn is one of the only year-round luxury hotels in Cascade Idaho, making us a popular getaway for couples, groups, and families. We successfully combine the historic charm of a bed-and-breakfast, the lavish amenities of a four-star hotel, and the personalized service of a top-rated destination resort. Many of our luxury suites have modern fireplaces, old-world charm, two-person Jacuzzi tubs, marble-clad bathrooms, and mountain views! Give us a call today at 1-208-382-5621 to book a well-deserved summertime escape to Cascade Idaho, one of the last remaining hidden gems in the Mountain West!