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Every season opens up to a series of fun and exciting adventure for guests of all ages. There is always something to see and do, or if you would prefer to relax and rejuvenate, there is no better place to come than Cascade, Idaho. During the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons, there a myriad of hiking trails to experience. There is boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing, kayaking, whitewater adventure, golfing, biking, camping, fishing, hunting, and trail rides by horseback.  Plan to go on a backcountry flight or a self-guided auto tour.

Exterior of Ashley Inn Summer

Summer is always fun in Cascade

At The Ashley Inn

Each guest has a cozy robe and fireplace waiting in their room.  Lay back and refresh yourself, body and soul.

We’re ready when you are, with our 24 hour indoor pool and whirlpool spa. For your use we have provided two cozy white robes in each room just for the trip to the pool. Your towels are already in the Pool Room.

We offer our guests a small but effective exercise room that is always open for your use. (we guess it’s a good place to go AFTER the Cookies!)

8 pm. Every night we bake cookies and serve them to our guests with ice cold milk, or hot tea or coffee.

Enjoy complimentary DVD players and a nice selection of DVD’s to lend as our guests.

Wonderful treasures are hidden and displayed throughout the Inn. Enjoy browsing the hallways and Cascade Room. You’ll find tea cups, hats, jewelry & plates, purses, books, scarfs, baby clothes, toys, stationery & other interesting things.

It’s where we serve the breakfast buffet every morning but for the rest of the day and night guests like to gather to play games or even bring food back to the inn to eat in this room. With it’s fireplace, it’s a cozy place to gather with your friends even on a rainy or snowy day.

Walk around the grounds at the Inn, sit and watch the birds and enjoy the sunshine.  Perfect place for family reunions and weddings, also. Don’t be surprised to see deer enjoying our garden also, all year round.

Perfect place to gather beside the fire and make S’mores.  Our BBQ is also available for our guests.

can be made available for events, retreats and meetings.  It can be dressed up to be elegant or casual. The circle top windows look out over the Idaho Mountains.

In your room you’ll find our guest’s journals filled with entertaining entries of other’s experiences at the Inn and in Cascade.  Some are very funny, other’s are very tender.

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Lake Cascade is great for Jet Skiing. Rentals available.

Beautiful views, fresh air and perfect weather.

Lake Cascade

A secret that few people know about…Cascade has the best access to Lake Cascade.

Come enjoy fishing at our Lake Cascade, Idaho’s 4th largest.    This body of water is the result of a dam on the North Fork of the Payette River, and stretches between the Idaho towns of Cascade and Donnelly. The 22 mile long lake offers 4,450 acres of Lake Cascade State Park which can be found just west of Cascade.

Fisherman catch Coho salmon, rainbow trout, perch and smallmouth bass, year-round including through the ice in the winter months.

Golfing, boating, fishing, biking, hiking is very popular with our guests.  They love that the lake never seems crowded.

Boating equipment for rent, fishing gear and advice and food for picnics can be found in town.

The colors surrounding Lake Cascade remind us of the mountains of New England.  The lake shimmers a little brighter and makes for some romantic strolls along the shore, hand in hand.

When God gives you ice…go Ice fishing…

Lake Cascade State Park offers plenty of winter waypoints Idaho Statesman ( Published: February 7, 2013)
Pete Zimowsky wrote   “ 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 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. “It’s an easy way to have a variety of experiences, from ice fishing to skiing”. Teresa Perry said.

The park offers great scenery and winter photo opportunities just steps from the parking lots. The wide expanse of the snow-covered lake comes with a beautiful backdrop of West Mountain.  Birds and waterfowl hang out near open water at or below the dam.

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Free use of our kayaks & Canoes

Warm Weather Activities

Hot Springs around Cascade
There is nothing as soothing as plunging into the natural hot water of Gold fork Hot Springs . The pools nestle against the natural massive rocks. Each person can select the perfect perch to rest and soak. Located just 16 miles from the Ashley Inn . Visit Gold Fork Hotsprings
Enjoy a relaxing experience in their alkaline, mineral-rich waters in a naturally beautiful setting. Pools range from hot to cool.

Trail Creek Hot Springs
Peekaboo pools in a wooded canyon below a highway. Keep cutoffs handy. The first pool sits in the creek beneath a slab of rock. Hot water streams down from the spring above at 122 degrees F, coating the slab with colorful algae patterns. Cold water is gravity-fed into the pool by pipe. A rocky border, which varies from one year to the next, defines the size and shape. (An old bathtub that once straddled the creek is long gone.) The pool is visible from the west end of the pull-out.
Read more at Trails.com: Trail Creek Hot Spring | Cascade Idaho Hot Spring Trails | Trails.com

Bernard Hot Springs
There are also natural hot springs in many places around Cascade, tucked into the mountains for the adventurous looking for undeveloped springs. BERNARD HOT SPRINGS

Whether speeding across the surface of a beautiful lake or spending a day relaxing on the water with family sounds like the ideal getaway, our rental companies offer a boat rental that perfectly suits your needs. They have pontoon boats, fishing boats, and ski boats available for rent.

  • Pontoon Boat
  • Fishing boats
  • Ski Boats
  • Jet Skis
  • ATV’s
  • Dirt Bikes
  • Tubes for tubing down Kelly’s Whitewater or drifting down the Payette River

Several Rental Companies here in Cascade…for everything from Kayaks to Pontoon Boats, etc

IntermountainPowerSportsRentals.com

Lance, Brian or Cindy can help you with whatever you may need.
Cascade Office (208)382-4388 or (208) 467-6944  820 S. Main St.

ATV, Jet Ski, Boat & Snowmobile Rentals

Lake Cascade Sports & Marine
Our Marine & Powersport dealership provides sales, service, parts and rentals for Boats, ATV’s, UTV’s, and Snowmobiles.  We also offer year round Boat Storage and RV Storage. Lakecascadesportmarine.com  208-382-4277

Rental fleet includes Sport Boat Rentals , Pontoon Boat Rentals, Fishing Boat Rentals, Personal Watercraft Rentals, ATV & UTV Rentals and Snowmobile Rentals.
Please visit our store under the Big American Flag in Cascade offering supplies and gear for all your outdoor and recreational needs.

Idaho Power Toys will deliver it to you….
Reed will be happy to help you.  Just give him a call at (208) 407-2150 for info or to make a reservation on a power toy. www.snomoatv.com

Make a day at the beach more fun with these rentals! Take a relaxing ride on a kayak, create a challenge with a SUP, or create excitement with a motorized boat! From lawn games, to PFDs, and a wakeboard boat, we have your lake needs covered! Cabana is located at the Lake Cascade State Park’s Poison Creek recreation unit !
http://tamarackidaho.com/summer-activities/waterfront-recreation-site

FREE Canoe & Kayak Use for our Guests
Guests at Ashley Inn and Water’s Edge RV Park  are creating memories that will last a lifetime. You are welcome to use our Kayaks and Canoes on the peaceful portion of the Payette River, free as our guests.

We have life jackets that everyone wears, too.  Bring your own paddles or use ours.

While there you and your family can enjoy

  • Beach Volleyball
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Campfire pits
  • Play on the beach

The Osprey are so much fun to watch as they catch their dinner, right on the Payette River

Build a campfire and make S’mores in our group fire pit overlooking the River.

Lake Cascade, Payette River & Kelly’s Whitewater

are perfect places for adventure as well as relaxation.  Lake Cascade offers boating, swimming, fishing and golfing, all are popular with our guests.  The golf course is right on the shoreline.

Our watercraft are free to our guests, but if you want to play on Lake Cascade or down the Payette River or Kelly’s Whitewater Park, you can rent Stand Up Paddle boards, kayaks, tubes, jet skis, even boats in town.

Live Your Bush Pilot Dreams

Take the controls as we fly over mountains and rivers, then land and depart from Idaho’s legendary backcountry airstrips. We offer four Backcountry Discovery packages that vary in length and start at just $249. Designed for aspiring and experienced aviators alike, each one is a flight lesson that’s custom-tailored to your ability and desire. Our goal is to provide you with a fun, hands-on training adventure that you’ll never forget. You’ll walk away with new skills and knowledge from which to plan further training with us or others.

Need more information?  208.917.3664
We’re anxious to make new friends and answer any questions you may have.  Starts and ends at Cascade Airport !

“Up here at the 4d ranch we strongly focus on the topic of riding and on offering you a unique riding experience. Whether you have been riding all of your life time, or always wanted to, but never actually tried, your stay at our ranch will be one of the most memorable riding experiences and ranch vacations you could imagine.” (208) 989-5851 Tell them Ashley Inn sent you

Guided Raft and Kayak Trips
Guided Raft and Kayak trips  have been offering Idaho whitewater rafting trips since 1985, bringing families together one splash at a time. With a variety of whitewater rafting trips from a mellow half day river float to a full day of whitewater thrills.

Payette River named top 9 Rivers for Rafting in Idaho.  Named best for 1st timers and groups. “The Payette River is a classic Idaho whitewater rafting experience. The Payette is considered to be good for first time rafters and large groups, with rapids ranging from Class II to Class III. Whether you’re looking for a one day or a whole weekend adventure, the Payette has it all.”  Only in your State

Best for Everyone
North Fork and Main Payette
This level of fun has playful rapids perfect for everyone, especially families, first-timers, and groups. Young and old, beginners and veterans alike will enjoy splashing, sunning, and whitewater rafting excitement on these friendly Class II/III guided river trips. Quench your thirst for fun. Half-day or full-day trips available daily, April-September

Best for Adventure
South Fork of the Payette
Bring your spirit of adventure and be ready to get wet. These Class III/IV rapids are sure to plunge you into the ultimate whitewater challenge. Capture Idaho stunning mountain views as you paddle through the outdoor beauty of their unspoiled locations. You must be 12 or older to savor these river thrills. Half-day or full-day trips available daily, April-August

Cascade Raft and Kayak Company -With a variety of whitewater rafting trips from a mellow half day river float to a full day of whitewater thrills, Cascade Raft offers the best Idaho rafting experience on the Payette River. We also offer group river rafting adventures and catering. Make a splash for this year’s office party or team building event with an Idaho whitewater rafting trip with Cascade Raft and Kayak. (208) 793-2221  http://www.cascaderaft.com/index.html

Bear Valley Rafting
Located in beautiful Banks, Idaho at the confluence of the North Fork and the South Fork of the Payette River, Bear Valley River Company is the ideal place to fulfill your true Idaho whitewater river rafting experience! http://bearvalleyrafting.com/
We offer whitewater rafting trips to accommodate everyone from the total novice to the seasoned veteran!  (208) 793-2272

Tamarack Payette River Guide
Offering guided white-water rafting on Idaho’s renowned Payette River
Join our professional guides for a breathtaking experience of a lifetime Looking for something different and exciting to do this summer? . You really haven’t experienced Idaho until you’ve ventured out of bounds. Call (208)325-1030 https://tamarackidaho.com/summer-activities/whitewater-rafting

Salmon River Rafting 208.628.4212
Based in scenic Riggins, Idaho, Brundage Whitewater Adventures provides exciting, fun-filled whitewater trips on Idaho’s famous Salmon River – The River of No Return.

Golf Around the Ashley Inn

Lake Cascade Golf Course, Great views, Close & Affordable  208.382-4653
One of the most Scenic golf adventures in the Northwest. Nestled away in the mountains surrounding the Inn you will find some award winning courses.

Beautiful Golf Courses nearby

Jug Mountain Ranch Golf Course in Lake Fork 208.634.5072
Jug Mountain Ranch is a 1,410-acre private residential community set beneath Jughandle Mountain’s rugged 8,310-foot peak. The Ranch is a reflection of the community and environmental sensibilities of the Carey Family, long-time owners and McCall residents. Roughly 75% of the Ranch (1,000 acres) has been set aside for preserved open space and a championship golf course.

Meadows Creek Golf Course 208.347.2555
MeadowCreek Golf Resort is situated at 3,868 feet above sea level in the pine-forested Meadows Valley, Central West Idaho, with the alpine peaks of Granite Mountain and Brundage Mountain Ski Area reaching skyward more than 7,000 feet in the distance. The golf course weaves in and out of the pine trees and across the verdant meadows offering changing scenery and stimulating golf at every turn.

McCall City Golf Course 208.634.7200
The 9-hole Aspen course at the McCall Municipal Golf Course facility in McCall, Idaho features 3,148 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. The 9-hole Birch course features 3,147 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36.

Whitetail Golf Club (208) 630-0211
The 18-hole Whitetail course at the Whitetail Golf Club facility in McCall, Idaho features 7,013 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 71.4 and it has a slope rating of 125 on Blue grass.

Kelly’s Whitewater Park a Free Water Park in Cascade

It’s free and fun….Kayakers, surfers, tubers, paddle boarders, and canoeists of all ages can enjoy the whitewater features in the park. In addition visit the KWP welcome center, gallery and its cultural exhibits, stroll along the 2.5 mile river trail, or view the action in the river from the 3.4 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds or walk across the bridge to the island to relax by the river

Great to just grab a sandwich at Subway and enjoy your picnic watching the activities on the water.
You won’t even get wet

Abbey’s first Stand Up Paddle board lesson…come try it yourself.  You can rent paddleboard, tubes and kayaks to play at Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho.

Thanks to Dwight Jividen of Cascade Lake Realty for giving us a copy of the map he created. He knows the area and is involved in the community.

Spring is the perfect time to come visit.  “We recommend touring the Black Pine Deer Farm to our guests who have time to go there. Don’t forget your camera, because you’ll have incredible opportunities for unique pictures. The kids will never forget seeing the fawn that was less than a day old.  This wonderful farm is located just south of McCall, only about 20 min. from the Inn.“ — The Ashley Inn.

The Phelps Family, owners of the Deer Farm, were so kind to us.  They treated the kids to an adventure that they’ll never forget.  The deer are quiet, shy and yet some were curious about us and let us feed them.

Schedule your tour at least 1 day in advance. Donations are appreciated.

Contact: Wilmina Phelps  Email: [email protected]  (208) 325-8886

Address: 13508 Farm to Market Rd., McCall, Idaho, 83638

They raise the deer and sell the meat

Our farm raises European Fallow Deer for their venison hides and antlers. We sell different meat cuts by the pound to restaurants stores and the Public. Our meat is naturally grown high quality hormone & antibiotic free with no wild or gamey taste. We give tours (mid-May-Sept.) Please call ahead for an appointment. We also sell our venison at the McCall Farmer’s market mid June-Mid October.

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Cold Weather Activities

Experience Nature…… Peaceful and Quiet or Wild Adventure

Tamarack &  Brundage both offer great skiing opportunities, within one hour of the Inn. https://tamarackidaho.com/activities https://brundage.com/on-the-mountain/winter/trail-maps-mountain-stats/

On Lake Cascade.

World Record Perch have been catch in the last couple of winters. Up to date info is found at Tackle Tom’s (208) 382-4367 https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/ice-fishing

When there is snow on the ground, we start to hear the sleigh bells of the hay wagon bringing guests out to the meadows to feed the wild Rocky Mountain Elk.  Call Jessica for Info and reservations.   208-325-8783  http://www.hfpsleighrides.com/the_sleigh_rides.html

Family Sledding and Tubing Hills.  

Free sledding on Cascade’s Golf Course. https://cascadechamber.com/snow-tubing-sledding/  .

Tubing at the Activity Barn
Enjoy the ultimate snow tubing experience.  The ‘magic carpet’ conveyor lift will whisk you comfortably to the top of the hill – from there, gravity takes you to the bottom! With up to six 800-foot tubing lanes and an expanded fleet of tubes, you’ll spend more time sliding and less time waiting in line. Tubing lanes are sculpted into mini half-pipes. The slope angles are all a little different to keep the ride fun and fresh and adapt to different snow speeds. https://brundage.com/activity-barn-winter/
Activity Barn $- Tube Sledding, 25 min. N of Ashley Inn  https://brundage.com/trip-planner/snow-tubing-mccall/

Snowshoeing in Cascade along the Payette River.  

Ashley Inn guests can have free use of our Snowshoes with a deposit. https://www.theoutbound.com/idaho/snowshoeing/snowshoe-lake-cascade-state-park

Around Cascade there is incredible snowmobiling. Lake Cascade Recreation Area (LCRA) was rated one of the top 10 “Places to Snowmobile” in the Northwest by SnoWest Magazine.  Ashley Inn offers free large pull through parking to our guests. You will enjoy many other activities as well. https://cascadechamber.com/winter/

Great groomed trails around Cascade, up to West Mountain trails.  Our parking lot has pull through parking to make it easy to come and go. https://visitidaho.org/things-to-do/snowmobiling/lake-cascade-recreation-area/

https://cascadechamber.com/snowmobiling/

Snowmobile Rentals

Intermountain Power Sports Rentals
820 S Main St • Cascade, ID 83611 • (208) 382-4388

Lake Cascade Sports & Marine  in Cascade  208-382-4277
250 Groomed miles to Snowmobile

Open Bible

Come learn about God’s Word

Churches

Grace Bible Church
http://gbccascade.org/
507 S. Main St.  (208) 382-3737
Pastor Will Gough
Sunday Worship 10:30

Cascade Community Church
http://www.cascadecommunitychurch.com
109 W. Pine St.  (208) 382-4216
Pastor Andy Wegener     Sunday 10:00

Central Valley Baptist Church
130 Cabarton Rd.  (208) 382-3004
Sunday 11 am

Cascade Family Worship Center– (Assembly of God )
511 Lake Cascade Parkway
(208) 382-4127  Sunday 10:30 am & 6 pm

Church of Jesus Christ (LDS)
560 N. Hwy 55, just north of Ashley Inn
(208) 382-6440  Branch Pres: George Greenfield  Sunday 10 am

Chapel in the Pines- Grace Bible of Smith’s Ferry
55 Smith’s Ferry Dr
(208) 382-4600 Sunday 10 am

Shepherd of the Mountain- Lutheran Church
212 N. Main St. (next to Gramma’s Rest.)
(208) 382-4422  Pastor Randy Benscolor  Sunday 8:30 am

St. Katherine Drexell Catholic Church
101 Vista Pt. (just north of Warm Lake Rd on Hwy 55)
(208) 634-5474  Father John Gathungu   Sunday Noon Mass

Maps

Cascade has lots of water sports with Lake Cascade and the Payette River. Stand up Paddle Boarding, kayaking and tubing, access is free at Kelly’s Whitewater Park.  Equipment Rentals available many places in town. Also, Ashley Inn guests have flat-water kayaks and canoes, free for their use on the calm part of the Payette River at Water’s Edge.

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The Strand

The Strand is a 12-foot pathway that extends for 2.25 miles along the Payette River from Water’s Edge RV Park to Fisher Pond Park, including pathways in and around Kelly’s Whitewater Park.  It is accessible from many areas in town. Rest and watch the action on the water. You will see Ospreys and their nests, up close and even hear their sweet tweets.

Crown Point Trail along Lake Cascade

The Crown Point Railroad Grade runs 2.7 miles along a flat grade, perfect for walking, cycling or horseback riding. The trail is in Lake Cascade State Park and follows the southeast shoreline of the lake. Anglers can fish for rainbow trout, Coho salmon, perch and smallmouth bass. In winter, the trails are open for skiing.

Front desk will be happy to show you how to get to Crown Point.

Also, guests love going up to Tamarack, Donnelly and McCall to use other trails.

Traditional Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special time of giving thanks for all the blessings in your life and for spending time with your family.    Some of our guests have brought their families with them to enjoy spending time, undistracted, playing games in the Cascade Room or even taking a stroll along Lake Cascade in the late afternoon sunlight.

Peaceful times creating memories

Hand in Hand, a time to create peaceful memories

Other’s have come because they now live in Idaho and can’t gather with their family this year.  They want to do something that will still create special Thanksgiving memories.  Ashley Inn’s friendliness, warm and joyfulness gives them a place to come.

Thanksgiving Dinner will be  served on Thursday, Nov 28th,  early in the evening.

There is a lodging package available for that weekend also.

Ashley Inn in snow

Even though Cascade has light snow in Nov, Highway 55 is clear.

Christmas at the Ashley Inn

Enjoy relaxing surrounded by a Norman Rockwell type of Christmas at the Ashley Inn

You are invited to come sit in our lobby.  Listen to the soft Christmas carols playing as you write your Christmas Cards, or read your favorite book, next to the roaring fireplace.  The Inn is decorated to help our guests celebrate the Christmas Season.

Holiday Packages are available.

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“Stay in the heart of Cascade Idaho and take part
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