FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
*Is the guest house included? Will it be rented to other guests while we are there?
The Shasta Suites sleeps 8 and has one bathroom. It is included with the Cabin and is never rented separately.
*How long will you hold my reservation if I need time to consult with the others in my party?
TheDonnellyCabin is listed on several third party travel sites and is set for instant booking. Therefore, we cannot guarantee from moment to moment how long your tentative dates will be open. Guest reservations become effective upon payment.
*What is your cancellation policy?
Reservations cannot be canceled. We only have the one property. Once your reservation is made other potential guests will book elsewhere and so we cannot recover our damages.
We are happy to work with you, however, if you need to sublet or assign your reservation to someone else or make a similar substitution.
*In August how low does the lake get?
When the lake is full it has an elevation of 4828 feet. In 2016, it was fullest on June 10, at 4827.44 feet. On August 1, 2016, it was at 4821.6 feet and on August 31, 2016, it was at 4816.75 feet. On October 6, 2016, it reached the lowest level for the year at 4813.48 feet.
In 2017 the lake was fullest on July 1, at 4827.36 feet. On August 1, 2017, it was at 4824.51 feet and on August 31, 2017, it was at 4820.17 feet. On September 19, 2017, it reached the lowest level for the year ar 4818.32 feet.
In 2018, it was fullest on June 2 at 4827.73. On August 1, 2018, it was at 4822.44 feet and on August 31, 2018 it was at 4818.57 feet. On October 3, 2018 it reached the lowest level for the year at 4815.69.
The closest boat ramp to us is at the Donnelly City Park which has an end of ramp elevation of 4817 feet. At the end of August and in September we use the ramp at Rainbow Point, 4814 feet, or the ramp at Poison Creek, 4812 feet.
All of this information and more than you will ever want to know can be found at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s website.
*Is it ok to beach or anchor our boat in front of the cabin?
Absolutely. Not only is the beach kid friendly but it’s also boat friendly, with a smooth, sandy, gentle slope. We have a permitted mooring buoy. Normally we beach our boat during the days and keep it attached to the mooring buoy during the nights.
We learned that it is not a good idea to drive the boat up onto the beach. Instead, you should cut the engine and glide onto the beach. Our inboard/outboard has a cooling system for the engine that sucks water into a network of tubing with the intake near the propeller. Because our beach is entirely made of very fine white silver sand, over time the sand in the engine created unnecessary maintenance problems.
Now, when beaching the boat, we drive toward the beach then about ten or twenty yards out we cut the engine and raise the prop out of the water as we glide in. Conversely, when leaving the beach, we push the boat out and lower the prop when it’s about ten yards out before starting the engine.
*Are there any rules about using the beach or surrounding waterfront?
On Cascade Lake the beaches are public. Of course, as a guest at the cabin, you have direct access to the beach. If you are not staying at the cabin, but at another lot in the interior, you cannot trespass on the lakefront lots to get to the beach. You can legally get to any beach by boat or by land using an access lot. There are a couple of such access lots nearby to the north and to the south of us. We pay a membership to help maintain the one to the south. It has picnic tables, a fire pit, etc. and a beach. (Not as nice as ours though)
*What would be the closest boat launch?
That would be the Donnelly City Park which is one mile or three minutes.
Late in the season when the water is low we sometimes use Rainbow Point. It is on the other side of the lake and is 5.6 miles or twelve minutes. Rainbow Point is only two miles by boat however.
We sometimes use, but only at extremely low water, Poison Creek which is 8.2 miles or 17 minutes. It is the campground closest to the Tamarack Resort on the other side of the lake and to the south of us.
*Is there enough room for parking a boat trailer, snowmobile trailer, motorcycle trailer, etc.?
Yes. Parking is never a problem since we own three surrounding lots in addition to the cabin lot. The four lots total an acre or so.
*Can we bring our dog?
No, pets are prohibited.
*Are kids ok?
Absolutely. The cabin was made for kids of all ages.
*Can we invite our friends up?
For large events that include spill over people in RVs and tents you will need to get our prior consent. And there will perhaps be a surcharge.
If you and your family have the cabin and you are so excited about it that you call another family or two to come up and experience a night over, that is only normal. In that case, you have permission and there is no surcharge.
*What are the rules about parties?
Just the usual rules. You and all guests must obey all laws. Smoking anywhere on the premises is prohibited. You are responsible for any damage that occurs during your stay. Be sensitive to the neighbors after the sun goes down. (Some people like to catch up on their sleep while at the lake). And clean up after the party. You will hear from management if beer cans, cigarette butts, pizza boxes, etc. are found anywhere on the premises after you check out.
*There are boats in the pictures. Are the boats available or do we have to rent our own?
The boats are not included. At the present time we are not in the business of renting boats.
*Where can you rent boats, jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, ATVs etc. ?
*Is there a barbecue grill available?
Yes. We have a standard sized propane BBQ grill available for use on the deck.
*Do you have a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs?
Yes. There is a fire pit suitable for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs or for singing around the campfire and telling ghost stories. It’s located on the side lot next to the cabin.
*Are there enough pots and pans for a large family or do we have to bring our own?
The kitchen is fully equipped. If you have some specialty items or need to use an extra large pot, you may want to bring a few things of your own from home, but we have everything you normally need waiting for you in the cabin.
*Do you have life jackets we can use?
You will need to bring your own life jackets.
*Can we have an early check-in and/or a late check-out?
Let us know a day or two before your arrival if you need or want to have a couple of extra hours before or after the usual 11 a.m. check-out and 4 p.m. check-in time. When we can accommodate you, we will. It all depends on our housekeepers, scheduling maintenance, and how tightly our reservations are scheduled. It is particularly difficult to schedule extra time during high season, namely, July and August, and when there is an enticing powder snow report for Tamarack and Brundage.
*Can we get a break on the price?
A lot of analysis goes into our prices so that they are accurately set. We occasionally reduce the price for last minute bookings but you need to contact us directly instead of through one of the third party sites. We also normally give a discount for bookings of 7 nights or more.
*Can we set up a couple of tents?
No problem. Remember though that our rates are based on a maximum of 13 in your group. If you exceed that number extra charges apply.
*Is there air conditioning?
No. We have never had air conditioning. We use mountain air conditioning. When the sun drops behind the mountain we open all of the windows. In the morning before the sun starts to warm things up we close the windows. The cabin is well insulated which keeps the cool air inside. Also, if necessary, we have fans in every room.
If you are lucky to be at the cabin when it is really hot and sunny remember to 1) wear a minimum of clothing, i.e. a swimsuit, 2) keep a cold beverage in one or both hands, and 3) jump in the lake every 30 minutes.
*Where can I get ______________? (a fishing license, ice, propane, firewood, groceries, fish hooks, live bait, softy ice cream, a hot cup of coffee, a sandwich, aspirin, beer, wine, soda pop, fishing poles, motor oil)
The Donnelly Stinker. They have everything. It´s five times bigger than the one we have in Caldwell. If you want hard liquor you will need to go to the Trading Post which houses Donnelly´s liquor store.
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