We left Three Island Crossing and headed up through Boise. We have been through this area many times (especially since we lived in Idaho) and we think Boise is a terrific city. We didn’t stop this time but kept on driving.

 

We passed through Eagle, Idaho, a suburb of Boise, through Eagle River and on north.

 

We turned on to Highway 55 through Garden City on towards Horseshoe Bend

 

Highway 55 parallels the Payette River where there was lots of activity with rafting and kayaking and fishing.

 

Lake Cascade State Park is located along both the east side and the west side of Lake Cascade and centered around the town of Cascade, Idaho.  The state park has 12 campgrounds all around the lake.

 

We stayed at the Sugarloaf Campground which is on the east side of Lake Cascade off of Highway 55.  After we turned off Highway 55 we were greeted with great views of the mountains and Lake Cascade and lots of birds! The area is part of the Idaho Birding Trail.

 

Campground:  Lake Cascade State Park – Sugarloaf Campground
Location: About 6 miles north of Cascade, Idaho on the eastern shore of Lake Cascade on a peninsula
Site:  40 (Back in)
Cost: $23.55
Services:  dry camping
Comments: A beautiful campground with most sites having views of Lake Cascade and the surrounding mountains.
COVID Awareness:  10 out or 10. It was contactless check-in. We just drove to our assigned site.  All park employees wore masks.

 

Sugarloaf campground is a small campground on a peninsula with about 44 sites including a day use area and a beach area.  It is a lovely setting with views everywhere.

 

Many of the sites at Sugarloaf have lovely lake views and are of various sizes with some being  a bit unlevel.  But we would have been happy with any of the sites.

 

We drove around the lake and visited some of the other many campgrounds that are part of Lake Cascade State Park. They are seemed a bit different from each other but all were lake front. Most were exposed with very few trees. Crown Point Campground had lots of trees. Sugarloaf Campground had a medium amount of trees.

 

Crown Point Trail is located at the Crown Point Campground and is a Rails to Trails pathway. It is an old railroad track area that has been converted to a hiking/biking trail. It runs north from Crown Point Campground about 2.5 miles which makes for a nice 5 mile round trip hike with fabulous water views the whole way.

 

We took a drive all the way around the lake and visited the Tamarack Ski Resort which sits on the west side of the lake. It is a beautiful area.