Cascade Lake Idaho Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Cascade Lake

Surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, Cascade Lake is a popular destination for the outdoorsman who enjoys fishing for trout, salmon, and a variety of other species of fish.

  • The fourth largest lake in the state, Cascade Lake offers excellent fishing year round.
  • Anglers can fish from the shore or a boat from spring through fall, or through the ice during the winter.
  • Majestic mountains surround this beautiful fishing spot.


Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of central Idaho, Cascade Lake is Idaho’s fourth largest lake. It can be found at the north fork of the Payette River. Cascade Lake fishing is perfect for the avid angler, as fishing season lasts year round in this scenic reservoir. You can fish from the shore or head out in your boat most months of the year. With an elevation just over 4800 feet, the lake freezes over in the winter, making it perfect for ice fishing.

Originally built as a reservoir, Cascade Lake is quite large, boasting 28,000 acres (41 square miles) of surface water. This relatively shallow lake is 21 miles in length with 86 miles of shoreline. Boaters have access to 6 different ramps.

Fishing Season

Cascade Lake fishing is not limited by seasons. You can fish there year round.

Types of Fish

The sparkling waters of Cascade Lake abound with several species of fish, including rainbow trout, small mouth bass, yellow perch, crappie, and two kinds of salmon - Kokanee and Coho. Catfish and Tiger muskie also inhabit its waters.

Getting There

Head south from McCall on Highway 55 for 29 miles to the town of Cascade, where you will have easy access to the lake.

Additional Tips

If you are planning a fishing trip to Cascade Lake, consider hiring one of the local guides for a day. They can direct you to the best fishing spots, let you know what’s biting, and help you choose the best bait and gear.

There are plenty of RV and camping sites near the lake, and yurts are available for group camping year round.