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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.
THE RETREAT: 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:
ACTIVITIES OUTDOOR: 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.
WATER: 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.
WINTER: 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..
LOCATION: 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
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
$185 Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$200
Weekly Special: 7th Night Free
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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
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,
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.
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.