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First Published Feb 22 2014 05:17PM      Last Updated Feb 22 2014 05:17 pm
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If that’s too much for you, the park also is the scene of large concentrations of waterfowl that migrate through the area. You may get a chance to see mountain bluebirds and swans.

Or, you can plug in and just set up camp and watch the changing winter light on the dunes.

The park is south of Mountain Home, about an hour from Boise.

THREE ISLAND

Enjoying the quiet solitude of an overnight stay in one of the park’s cabins located along the Snake River is what it’s all about in winter, spokeswoman Katherine Pruett said.

It’s as simple as that. Visitors in winter practically have the state park to themselves. It’s only you and the birds along the Snake River.



Camp cooking? Forget about it. How about pecan crusted Idaho trout at Camela Winery a short stroll away? Have a nice Chardonnay to go with it.

The park is located in Glenns Ferry, just off I-84 about 90 minutes from Boise.

LAKE CASCADE

You can travel from the Treasure Valley in about 2 hours and have choices on how to spend the day —ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, winter camping or even staying in a yurt. There’s lots of variety for playing in the snow.

The big thing is ice fishing for perch and trout.

Snowmobilers can reach groomed trails from the park within a 10- to 15-minute drive. The more adventurous even take off across the frozen lake to hit the trails.

Lake Cascade State Park is a few blocks from the city of Cascade for dining, lodging, groceries and fuel, assistant manager Tracy Osborn said.

PONDEROSA

The state park at McCall has world-class Nordic ski trails that go along scenic Payette Lake and through a dense forest of ponderosa pines.

There are more than 12 miles of groomed ski trails and 3 miles of snowshoe trails.

The park’s deluxe cabins also make it easy to enjoy the trails.

"Wake up in one of the deluxe cabins, have some coffee and enjoy the view," park office manager Eunice Broome said. "Before leaving out on your adventure, start a hearty meal in the slow cooker."

 

 

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