Cascade offers year-round outdoor sports and recreation for everyone. Cascade Lake is well known for its excellent fishing. For winter sports enthusiasts, the Cascade area has over 800 miles of groomed snowmobile trails as well as 27 km of Nordic ski trails. The City also hosts several invitational softball tournaments at its sports park which includes two baseball diamonds, a football field, picnic area, playground & concession stand and is also home of Fischers Pond with public fishing.
Hunting, camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and rafting are just a few of the outdoor recreational opportunities available in the summer months. Cascade is the gateway to the Frank Church Wilderness area. Back country ranches are accessible from the Cascade Airport, with approximately 4700 ft of paved and lighted runway. Cascade is home to approximately 1,050 permanent residents and it is the county seat for Valley County.
Kelly’s Whitewater Park has been recognized by many kayaking athletes as one of the premier whitewater parks in the country. Kelly’s opened in June 2010 and has hosted 2 National Kayak Championships and is proud host of the 2014 Payette River Games on June 20-22, 2014.
Kelly’s is gaining in popularity with stand up paddle boarders and river surfers. In addition, tubers and canoeists of all ages can enjoy the whitewater features of the park.
Kelly’s is home of the first bronze statue of an American soldier that perished in Iraq, and also features a Gallery with annually changing exhibits. Visitors can comfortably stroll along the 2.5 mile river trail “The Strand”, view the action in the river from the 3.4 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds or walk across the bridge to Rock Island to relax by the river.
Kelly’s is also one of the premier sites in Valley County for trout habitat. The fishing enthusiast can be found enjoying the early morning and late summer days fishing from the banks or man-made island. Kelly’s preserved this portion of the Payette River to insure the trout would continue to flourish.
Kelly’s was built in loving memory of Kelly Brennan and was funded by Mark & Kristina Pickard, in honor of Kristina’s late sister. The Park’s land was generously donated by local philanthropist Hans Borbonus and was the vision of Cascade Mayor Richard Carter and several other community leaders.