With four generations of family joining us, we hosted our Second Annual Family Campout at Water’s Edge RV Resort in beautiful Cascade, Idaho.
Situated along the banks of the Payette River, it’s the perfect little haven for family camping, fun and relaxation.
Yet it’s still quiet enough even for more seasoned RVers.
Along with our RV site, we took the tent camping site next door for the families with little kids. And those little kids had some laughing good times, with plastic canoes and play boats available to float the serene flatwater of the Payette River. They carved new landscapes in sand along the beach and gawked in awe as a pair of osprey dove into the river for fresh fish.
Fishing opportunities for humans abound, too, with anglers plying the waters from the Cascade bridge and from shore for native trout and other species. And you’ll find over 90 lakes and more than 165 streams within 50 miles.
Bird watchers and photographers are rewarded with great sightings of pelicans, osprey, Canada goose, ducks and other winged critters. We saw deer and fox both nights we were there.
Our hosts were gracious and anxious to please. We inquired in person about a month before the camp, and made reservations for both sites without a deposit required. Friendly staff came by offering firewood, and tickets to the resort’s specialty: a sumptuous Sunday breakfast served al fresco.
“Wake up on Sunday mornings to a delightful mountain breakfast grilled outside just for you and our other guests,” their web site chimes. “The aroma of grilled ham, sausage patties, grilled potatoes and onions, French toast, pancakes and scrambled eggs will guide you…”
Those who come for the weekend but like to sleep in on Sundays won’t be left out: You get a free, fresh-baked cinnamon roll Saturday mornings at riverside.
Dinner time at our camp sites featured family favorites, with burgers and Beddar Cheddars with all the fixings, right down to the S’mores with fire-roasted marshmallows for dessert.
But the day didn’t end with dinner. A couple of us found a night sky stuffed with stars, following a foot path away from the campground. Beautiful night skies can be seen from a bend in the river just downstream from camp.
You can bend an arm making long passes during impromptu games of football, or just relax, watching the kids play by the water in this quiet, dream-come-true family campground. There’s badminton, volleyball and horseshoe pits ready for you to play.
And lounge chairs by the water, ready for you to chill.
Visit http://watersedgervpark.com/index.asp for more details.
If you go:
Water’s Edge RV Resort is about 80 miles north of Boise on Highway 55
P.O. Box 1018
620 North Main St.
Cascade, ID 83611
1 (800) 574-2038