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Island Ranch Vacation Retreat; Solitude Amid Unlimited Recreation

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Ranch house with The Retreat to the Far Right


Last updated: 01/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
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Cascade apartment description

Regenerate and connect with friends and family in this idyllic setting. Delight in the experience of 'owning' a 730 acre ranch which includes our 500 acre ISLAND in the Payette River to get away from it all for unequaled R & R.

You will be the ONLY GUESTS at Island Ranch Vacation Retreat, so you can set your own schedule, your own activities, as well as your own pace--whenever.

Enjoy all of the 730 acre private working cattle ranch which includes our 500 acre Island bordered by 2 miles of the PAYETTE RIVER on one side and BIG CREEK on the other.

Imagine wondering the web of trails in search of the perfect picnic spot, beach for swimming or sunbathing or a private meadow to just enjoy nature and the wildlife.

Relax in rustic comfort in a 2-bedroom, 1450 square foot Retreat, SLEEPS 4-6. Room for family and/or friends.

Early risers can often see ELK just beyond their window crossing Big Creek to get to the Island's main meadow in the spring and summer.

Listen for ELK bugling in the fall.

A fully equipped kitchen to craft gourmet meals created with your own perishables to insure you have your favorite food or necessary dietary needs.

Two bedrooms-- one with queen bed and one with twin beds which can be made into a king-- each with their own sink and one regular bath between.

One queen hid-a-bed and one queen flip-out couch in the great room. Perfect for children or overflow guests.

The great room features a sitting area for great conversations as well as a cozy TV viewing spot.

A separate entry and separated from the main house though they share the same roof.

A wood burning stove completes the mountain ambiance and provides coziness for evening activities such as playing games, sharing experiences, or planning future activities.

Immerse yourself in the second floor Retreat's spectacular PANORAMIC VIEWS of Big Creek, the Island meadows and West Mountain.

Peace, Beauty, and Tranquility OR ramp it up with one of the follow:

Utilize the miles of trails for RUNNING, HIKING , BIKING, BIRDING, PICNICKING, or just RELAXING.
PLAY, SUNBATHE or READ on Sand Beach or Swim in the Payette.

Enjoy our Informal WILDLIFE PRESERVE-- bring your Camera or Paints to capture elk, birds, eagles, osprey, etc. in their natural environment--no hunting.

Capture the views of West Mountain, Collier Peak or wildflowers on canvas.

FLOAT or CANOE from Cascade to the Island--2-3 hours.

FLOAT or CANOE to Carbarton Bridge from the Island--3-4 hours--the start of a popular whitewater stretch to Smith's Ferry.

FLOAT from one end of the Island to the other--about 2 miles of meandering Payette River.

FISH along the shores of the Payette River.

Step out your door to CROSS-COUNTRY skiing or SNOWSHOEING trails

Ski or Snowshoe to The Warming HUT on the banks of the Payette--about 1/2 mile across the meadow (the short route)

Huddle up to a wood burning stove and enjoy hot chocolate or hot-spiced wine while you rest and get warm in the Island Hut.

Snow-covered TRAILS usually from early December to early April..

72 miles north of Boise on Highway 55
5 miles south of Cascade
6 miles to Cascade Lake
34 miles to Payette Lake
34 miles south of McCall
25 miles to Tamarack Golf and Ski Resort
41 miles to Brundage Ski Resort
31 miles to Jug Mountain Golf Course
6 miles to Cascade Golf Course
35 miles to Whitetail Golf Course
35 miles to McCall Golf Course
12 minutes to the start of the Carbarton whitewater run on the Payette River


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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 1450 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
          • Limited Accessibility:

            The Retreat is on the second floor with stairs....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

            Can be made into King upon request....moreless

          • Each bedroom has its own sink and counter.

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1


          • A standard bathroom with a combination tub/shower is located between the bedrooms....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Two miles along the Payette River provides water recreation.


              • Books
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Satellite / Cable:

                Direct TV with a DVR....moreless

              • Stereo
              • Television:

                32' flat screen TV...moreless

              • Video Library


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Mountain View:

                In scenic Long Valley with Collier Peak and West Mountains to the west and the East Mountains to the east....moreless

              • Rural:

                Our setting provides mountain views, high country meadows, pastures, and timber. It is difficult to see any neighbors--just a few lights at night....moreless

              • Ski-In:

                Ski miles of cross-country trails on the Island and several on the main ranch accessed out your back door....moreless

              • Water View:

                The Retreat is set on a bluff overlooking the confluence of Big Creek and Corral Creek which provides entertaining views of nature from your great room....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Sailing
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Spelunking
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Water Tubing
              • Whitewater Rafting
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people


              • Internet:

                WiFi available...moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Parking
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:


              • Wood Stove


              • Coffee Maker
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher:


              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                A brand new kitchen with granite counter tops...moreless

              • Microwave:


              • Oven
              • Pantry Items:

                Additional items such as blender, mixer, bake ware, salad spinner, coffee grinder, etc. to help craft meals....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Standard Refrigerator with freezer and ice maker on top....moreless

              • Stove:


              • Toaster


                  • Outdoor Grill


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                  from 14 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Low Season--Spring
                  Mar 1 - May 18
                  2 night min stay
                  Low Season--Fall
                  Sep 15 - Nov 26
                  2 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $165 $185
                  Fri, Sat, Sun

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                  • Taxes Included


                  Weekly Special: 7th Night Free

                  Taxes included:

                  6% sales tax

                  2% hotel tax

                  A cleaning fee is included

                  50% of the rent is due at the time reservation is made, with balance due upon check in, or as arranged with Management.

                  A refundable $200. security deposit.

                  Smoking And Pets Are Not Allowed. A Minimum Charge Of $100 will be deducted from The Damage Deposit for disregard of this.

                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                  Last updated: 01/22/2015
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                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Valley Club
                  6 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Cascade Golf Course
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Highway 55
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  25 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Payette River Beach

                  Car: Necessary

                  A Base for Area Activities--- Imagine having the opportunity of taking advantage of any of the following:

                  try adrenaline inducing challenges or more sedate forms of recreation, our area has it all;

                  Pristine Mountains with lakes, about 50, streams and rushing rivers, around 150 within a 50 mile radius, for your Kayaking, Fishing or Rafting adventure;

                  Take pleasure in Nordic skiing, Snowshoeing, or Snowmobiling in the winter as all are within easy reach from Cascade and The Retreat;

                  Utilize the miles of Trails for Backpacking, Hiking, Running, Riding, Cycling Mountain biking, and/or exploring;

                  More Trails--- over 2600 miles in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness or more than 208 miles in Idaho in the Hells Canyon Wilderness which are available for exploration ;

                  Cascade Lake just six miles north has a Scenic Loop drive around the 17 mile long by about 4 mile wide lake which has 100 miles of shoreline for water activities at your disposal;

                  Water Skiing, Windsurfing, Sailing, Fishing, Lake Tours, and Ice Fishing in the winter are found at Cascade, Payette and Warm Lakes to be used for your entertainment;

                  Snow Tubing and Sledding, Curling, Ice Skating and Sleigh Rides are also popular winter activities which provide enticement for individual, group or family activities;

                  Anderson Creek Trail head is the beginning of miles of snowmobiling on the West Mountains;snowmobiling and The Lake Cascade Recreation Area is rated as one of the top 10 'PLACES TO SNOWMOBILE' in the Northwest by SnowWest Magazine--

                  Scenic Drives which are abundant and provide 'heart-stopping' beauty with abundant wildflowers to hone your photography skills as well as mushrooms and berry picking;

                  The Gem State is ideal for rock hounds--imagine finding an Idaho garnet; and

                  Yellow Pine (population 40) is a good starting point to explore ghost towns and the back country and getting there provides miles of incredible scenery whether you go take the paved South Fork of the Salmon River road or by the more rustic Johnson Creek summit one.

                  Formalized activities:

                  Tamarack and Brundage Resort and Ski Areas

                  McCall Winter Festival and Ice Skating arena,

                  packing or trail riding services,

                  back country charted flights,

                  four golf courses in the area,

                  Kelly's Whitewater Park for watching or participating in kayaking, stretches about 1800' down the Payette with four man-made rapids as well as a short slalom channel

                  Cascade River Walk on the banks of the Payette on the east side of Cascade from North end to South end of Cascade or Crown Point Trail thru the woods along Payette Lake for Running, Biking or Hiking in summer or Skiing and Snowshoeing in the winter.

                  Elk feeding tours, and

                  Gold Fork Plunge are some of the amenities.

                  Many activities take place throughout the year:


                  fishing derbies and tournaments,

                  arts and craft fairs,

                  Cinco De Mayo celebrations,


                  3-summit- bike challenge,

                  Harmonica and Bluegrass Festivals,

                  golf tournaments,

                  snowmobile runs and Winter Jamboree Snowmobile Event, and

                  Forest Service and commercial hot springs.

                  Check with us or The Cascade Chamber of Commerce for more information.


                  Owner info

                  About the owner: As an Idaho native, I grew up in Idaho as well as completed my BA here. I returned to Idaho after receiving my graduate degrees and started teaching at Boise State University in the Business School. I 'retired' last January and am currently enjoying living full time on our ranch.

                  Why the Owner Chose Cascade:
                  We fell in love with this property after first seeing it on cross country skis in February with 2-3 feet of snow. The beauty of the water, mountains and snow covered scenery enchanted us. We skied all along Big Creek, but couldn't get to the Island to see it--we were so enamored with the rest of it, we bought it without seeing the Island or much of the Payette River. This included selling our house in Boise and moving to Cascade full time.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                  We are in a beautiful mountain valley at about 5000'. I drove through this area on my way to the University of Idaho from southern Idaho. I always thought this valley would be the a fantastic place to live given the environment and the recreational opportunities that abound here. It only took about 18 years, but here we are!! Wandering the trails on the Island or watching our elk herd migrate to the Island each morning is the type of enchantment we would like to share with you.

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                  • Ranch house with The Retreat to the Far Right

                    Ranch house with The Retreat to the Far Right

                  • Great Room

                    Great Room

                  • Homestead Bedroom Seating for Relaxing or Reading

                    Homestead Bedroom Seating for Relaxing or Reading

                  • Island Ranch Retreat

                    Island Ranch Retreat

                  • Wapiti Payette River Crossing from The Island

                    Wapiti Payette River Crossing from The Island

                  • Payette River from the Payette View Trail--Summer

                    Payette River from the Payette View Trail--Summer

                  • Island Ranch Meadow--Fall

                    Island Ranch Meadow--Fall

                  • Island Ranch Retreat View

                    Island Ranch Retreat View

                  • More Fall Color

                    More Fall Color

                  • Big Creek with Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe Trail

                    Big Creek with Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe Trail

                  • The Island Hut--Cross Country or Snowshoeing Warming Stop.

                    The Island Hut--Cross Country or Snowshoeing Warming Stop.

                  • .


                  • Homestead Bedroom with Sink

                    Homestead Bedroom with Sink

                  • Back Twin or King  Blue Bedroom

                    Back Twin or King Blue Bedroom

                  • The West Mountains in the Spring.

                    The West Mountains in the Spring.

                  • Island Ranch Meadow--Summer

                    Island Ranch Meadow--Summer

                  • Fall Color at Island Ranch Vacation Retreat

                    Fall Color at Island Ranch Vacation Retreat

                  • Big Creek with Ranch House--Fall

                    Big Creek with Ranch House--Fall

                  • Big Creek with the Retreat

                    Big Creek with the Retreat

                  • .


                  • Elk on The Island

                    Elk on The Island

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                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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