Cascade, Idaho

Lake Cascade, Idaho
Lake Cascade, from above the Tamarack Resort
Cascde Dam, Lake Cascade, Idaho

On the southeast shore of Lake Cascade, the town of Cascade was originally a lumber camp with a large Boise Cascade sawmill in town. That sawmill was closed in 2001 and the local economy took a dive. It started to resurrect with the opening of the Tamarack Resort in 2004 (although Tamarack seems to be experiencing financial difficulties, including a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed on February 20, 2008). With Lake Cascade State Park nearby, the area does have a lot of promise as a year-round vacation destination. A large part of Valley County is contained within the Payette and Boise National Forests with the eastern boundary of the county well within the limits of the Frank Church-River of No Return Widerness. There's also more than 400 miles of snowmoble trails here, more than 250 miles of which see regular grooming. It seems there's also a number of local hot springs, including the recently developed Gold Fork Hot Springs. The North Fork of the Payette River is becoming a regular whitewater rafting destination and Highway 55 through Cascade is now part of the Payette River Scenic Byway.

Cascade, Idaho
Downtown Cascade in 1941
Fast Facts about Cascade, Idaho
Cascade, Valley County, ID 83611
Elevation: 4,780'
Latitude: 44.5156°N
Longitude: 116.0437°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 92.2%
Hispanic: 0.7%
Native American: 1.1%
Two or More Races: 6.0%
High School or Higher: 80.3%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 16.7%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.5%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 972
Males: 491
Females: 481
Median Resident Age: 40.5 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $38,300
Estimated Median Home Value: $96,000
Population Density: 269 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Cascade: 86.3
Major Industries:
Forestry Products, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Educational Services, Health Care, Transportation Services, Social Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 21.4%
Photo of Cascade in 1941 courtesy of Russell Lee. Photo of Cascade Dam courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation.
Photo of Lake Cascade courtesy of Wikipedia userid Pwrstny.
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