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Lake Cascade State Park offers plenty of winter waypoints Idaho Statesman ( Published: February 7, 2013)

By Pete Zimowsky — pzimowsky@idahostatesman.com

It doesn’t get any easier to enjoy winter than at Lake Cascade State Park.People often bypass Cascade as they head toward recreation destinations to the north, but a short detour off Idaho 55 gives snowmobilers, ice anglers, sledders, cross-country skiers and snowshoers access to the frozen lake, trails and winter camping.

“Lake Cascade has a lot more than people think,” said Theresa Perry, park manager, as she checked out conditions at the Crown Point Trail near the reservoir’s dam.

There are five plowed parking areas around the 26-mile-long, 3-mile-wide reservoir that offer quick access to recreation within steps of your vehicle.

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Parking at Crown Point is free, but $5 at the park’s other units.

The park’s diverse offerings give novices and families simple and comfortable ways to enjoy the outdoors.

“It’s an easy way to have a variety of experiences, from ice fishing to skiing,” Perry said.

First of all, finding the state park is straight-forward. On Idaho 55, drive north from the Treasure Valley about 75 miles to the town of Cascade. It’s an easy day trip or weekend outing.

Several units of the state park are close to town where you can get pie and coffee after skiing or snowshoeing, or eat dinner and stay in a motel if you don’t feel like winter camping.

“It’s only a few blocks away,” she said.

The park offers great scenery and winter photo opportunities just steps from the parking lots. The wide expanse of the snow-covered reservoir comes with a beautiful backdrop of West Mountain.

Birds and waterfowl hang out near open water at or below the dam.

As you explore the park’s trails, or just wander along the snowy shoreline of the reservoir, you’ll see animal tracks going in all directions along with winter’s sculptures of ice and frost. You can have a picnic and go sledding along the hilly shoreline.

It’s also a convenient place for snowmobilers to start their trips into the backcountry. You can park at a plowed lot and ride 3 miles across the reservoir to access high-elevation trails.

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Bird Watching

Birds and waterfowl hang out near open water at or below the dam.