Donnelly – Crossroads to Recreation

OVERVIEW – Donnelly is known as the crossroads to recreation.  It is also where Tamarack Ski Resort is located. Tamarack is the newest ski resort in North America.  Donnelly is in the Long Valley of Valley County, on the northeast shore of Lake Cascade between the two biggest cities in the county; McCall and Cascade.  Lake Cascade is known as a great spot for ice fishing in the winter and water skiing in the summer.  Being close to Tamarack resort gives residents the luxury of having Nordic ski trails and lift served alpine skiing right in their backyards.  Historic Roseberry and Roseberry  General Store offers family entertainment, such as  the Wednesday night concert series, ice cream socials, Roseberry Music Festival, arts & craft fairs and Santa’s arrival each year.


Those looking for wide open spaces, and mountain views can find themselves at home in Donnelly.  Life is just a little slower on the ranges of Long Valley.  When Payette Lake gets busy on a summer weekend, Lake Cascade is the locals answer.  Donnelly is close enough to McCall to utilize the amenities of a bigger town, but far enough way to enjoy the quieter and slower pace of life.

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DINING – Being a small rural town with less than 200 year round residents, you wouldn’t expect to find such great food.  From the delicious desserts and home cooked breakfast and lunches at Flight of Fancy Bakery and Coffee Shop to the eclectic world cuisine of Buffalo Gal.  For more of a fine dining experience you can head out to Tamarack Resort and enjoy a meal at the Morels Restaurant and Lounge.

RECREATION – In the winter months Donnelly is the access point for snowmobiling West Mountain and the 1000+ miles of groomed trails.  Tamarack Resort not only offers winter activities but they have the award winning Osprey Golf Course.  If it’s mountain biking and hiking that you crave you can head over to the trails at Jug Mountain.

SCHOOLS – Donnelly has its own elementary school. Donnelly Elementary is part of the McCall-Donnelly Joint School District.

Donnelly Elementary School – Not only can Donnelly Elementary boast about small class sizes and a dedicated staff of teachers, but  they were one of seven schools in the state to receive the Idaho Distinguished School Award for 2012-2013.


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