Cascade Ranger District and Office

Cascade RD - water motor activities

The Cascade Ranger District is the northern most District on the Boise National Forest.  Encompassing over 400,000 acres, the District offers a diverse resource management program including:  Recreation, Wildlife, Fisheries, Timber, Range and Watershed.

The small town of Cascade is nestled in the mountains of central Idaho approximately 75 miles north of Boise on Idaho State Highway 55. It is located in Long Valley between the North Fork of the Payette River (known for its world-class kayaking) and Cascade Lake and the South Fork Salmon River (two of the top fisheries in Idaho).  The Cascade Ranger District offers year-round outdoor sports and recreation opportunities for everyone. 

The Cascade District is also a great jumping off point for the western portions of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Access the main stem of Pistol Creek inside the Wilderness via Snowshoe Summit. Take NFS road 447 from Landmark, then take NFS road 447E to Snowshoe Summit to the Wilderness boundary.


SPRING AND SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS  might include fishing along Cascade Lake or swimming at Warm Lake, riding motorcycles or ATVs, hiking on one of the many trails or maybe camping at the beautiful Shore Line Campground. 

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WINTER RECREATION HIGHLIGHTS  -  Check out the updated Idaho Parks and Recreation website!

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Activities:  Snowmobiling   Rent a Yurt! 

For more information on passport renewal, registrations, regulations and permits for winter recreation visit: Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.


Winter Snowmobile Maps:

Boise Winter Travel Map - (no longer available in print.)

Specific Areas for Snowmobiling in Southern Idaho


Cascade Ranger District
Highway 55
P.O.Box 696
Cascade, ID 83611
(208) 382-7400  

Office Hours
8:00 am - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

District Ranger
Chris Bentley

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: FALL Campground Closures for Cascade Ranger District Campgrounds are scheduled to remain open until the middle of September.  In October, campgrounds will remain partially open with reduced services, no water and reduced prices. This schedule will remain in place until access routes are closed by snow. If you have further questions, please call the District. 208-382-4700.   The gate on the Snowbank Road #446 to Snowbank Mountain and Blue Lake normally opens on June 1.  
Information Center: Trailheads are inspected periodically throughout the season and any safety hazards will be mitigated as necessary. Trailheads are open all year unless access prevented by a seasonal closure.  

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, travel approximately 80 miles north along Idaho State Highway 55 to Cascade, Idaho. 

Travel through the town of Cascade.

The Cascade Ranger District Office is on the north end of town on the right side of Idaho State Highway 55.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Viewing Wildlife

The Cascade District includes a Chinook salmon viewing platform which offers a fantastic opportunity to see the big fish jumping up the falls as they migrate upstream to spawn (numbers usually peak in late June, early July). The Chinook are the largest Pacific salmon species. On average, Chinook salmon are 3 feet long and approximately 30 pounds. But some Chinook salmon can grow to over 5 feet long and 110 pounds!

The Rice Peak Trail (103)is a steep hike, but rewards with magnificent views from the top. From Cascade, drive about 25 miles east on Warm Lake Highway. At Stolle Meadows, turn south on Forest Road 474 to its junction approximately 7 miles later with 478. Continue on 478 for about 4 miles until reaching the end of the road and the trailhead.  Hike about .25 mile to Rice Lake, then go approximately 1 more mile, mostly uphill, to Rice Peak at about 8,700 feet elevation. You will have stunning views of Warm Lake, Long Valley, Deadwood Reservoir, the Frank Church Wilderness and multiple mountain ranges.  This is also the location of the historic Rice Peak Lookout.  The present building was built in 1940, but has not been staffed for several years. You can also reach the Lookout via the 102 Trail and from the Landmark-Stanley Road via the Switchback Trail (009) over to 102 Trail. Be aware these are all single-track trails that are also open to motorcycles.

Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Cascade Ranger District and Office

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Cascade Ranger District and Office


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing


Areas for Snowmobiling at Cascade Ranger District and Office

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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