Explore the area

Southwest Idaho at its Best!

When visiting SW Idaho you’ll surely want to enjoy one of the beautiful lakes in the area for boating, fishing, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing.  Payette Lake, Cascade Lake and Warm Lake, three of the most scenic lakes in Idaho, are just a short drive apart and provide endless options for lake fun.

In addition to the larger motorized lakes, Valley County is home to over 300 alpine lakes. Most are accessibly only by foot or mountain bike and are stocked with prize trout.

One of the most popular lakes, pegged ‘The Mile High Playground’, Lake Cascade is a playground for nature lovers, especially anglers. It is well stocked with smallmouth bass, trout, kokanee salmon and coho salmon.

Area rivers offer lazy float rides to tumbling whitewater on the Payette River. The Payette River Water Trails vary from short routes along river sections to loops around lakes; from relaxing flat-water to intense rapids and whitewater.

Rafting and kayaking is a staple in Valley County. With some of the highest rated whitewater in the country, along with several calm stretches for those looking for an easy afternoon float, there is ample water to challenge the adventurer in everyone.

Each SW Idaho lake and river has shorelines that offer unique real estate from waterfront homes and cabin lifestyles for sale.

Valley County is made up of small towns, including Cascade, Donnelly and McCall, that offer varied homes and real estate along with unique sporting activities, educational opportunities, visual and performing arts, and a lots of cultural activities.


Economy: Natural resources, agriculture, recreation tourism, government, healthcare, manufacturing, and telecommuter industries.

Recreation/nordic and water trails: Hundreds of miles of single track, two track, and paved pathways throughout the region for all skill levels.

Education: The K-12 school district ranks among the highest in Idaho.

Population: 10,800 full-time residents.

Healthcare: One of the healthiest communities in Idaho, and one of the top rated areas for length of life in the United States.

Proximity to Boise: All towns are a scenic 1-2 hour drive or less than 30-minute flight from McCall or Cascade airports.

Transportation: Easy access from anywhere in the Northwest via Highway 95, Highway 55 or several municipal and remote access airports.

Retail/Nightlife: Buy local, live local. There’s a wide assortment of artisans, microbreweries and restaurants that source supplies locally.

Internet: Several internet vendors serve the region, with significant improvements made annually to our fiber optic infrastructure.