Tips For Safe Summer Fun at Lake Cascade

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Warren Sedlacek, (208) 382-4258

For Release: June 29, 2004

The heat is on, schools are out, and vacation fun is on everyone's mind as they head to Lake Cascade to enjoy one of Idaho's most popular retreats for outdoor recreation.

The Bureau of Reclamation wants to remind holiday fun seekers that there are rules to observe while on or around Lake Cascade, located on the North Fork of the Payette River near Cascade, Idaho.

Reclamation lands around much of Lake Cascade are closed to motorized vehicles, but open to hiking and off-trail cycling. Careful attention to this rule helps to ensure the safety of others while keeping erosion and habitat damage to a minimum.

Visitors should also be advised that The Old State Highway is no longer open to traffic due to high water and vehicles are allowed below the high-water line only in front of Big Sage Campground and VanWyck North Campground.

Camping is allowed only in designated campsites where signs and campground rules are clearly posted.

Lake Cascade is made due to the safe operation of Cascade Dam. Visitors are advised to stay clear of the area in front of the dam to avoid serious threat to personal injury. The forebay area is very dangerous and trespassing on that area may lead to action by law enforcement officers.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the serene landscapes of the North Fork, Gold Fork, and Lake Fork arms of Lake Cascade via canoe, rowboat or kayak, but are advised to observe all safety rules while on the water.

Those who have vacation property that is alongside Reclamation land are advised to learn the rules and federal regulations before make any changes that may impact federal property. Property owners are advised to call the Cascade Dam office at (208) 382-4258 for assistance.

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