Lake Cascade, near the town of Cascade, is popular for boating and fishing. The afternoon wind on the reservoir makes it a good place for sailing and windsurfing. You're also close to hiking and mountain biking at Tamarack Resort.
How to get there: Drive 75 miles north of Boise on Idaho 55 to Cascade. Drive north through town to the sign marking the route to the park. It takes about 90 minutes.
Activities: The Crown Point Trail is great for hiking along the lake. A couple of campgrounds are close enough to ride your mountain bike on trails at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly.
Amenities: There is plenty of camping, with 300 tent and RV campsites scattered around the reservoir. The campgrounds have restrooms, drinking water and boat ramps. Group sites and yurts are available.
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Nearest place to get supplies: Cascade or Donnelly.
Fees/reservations: $9 for primitive sites; $12 for sites with picnic tables and grills and central water. It's a state park, so in addition to the camping fee, there is a $4 motorized vehicle entry fee. For reservations, log on to www.idahoparks.org. or call (866) 634-3246.
Information: (208) 382-6544; www.idahoparks.org.