Early settlers came to this part of the valley in 1886. Many more came in 1887 and 1888 and settled the eastern slope of the Goldfork Area. The valley floor and west of the river weren't settled until 1900-1904. All supplies were brought in from Boise, Emmett, Weiser and Salubria Valleys by six-horse freight teams. A trip up from Boise to Roseberry with team and wagon took a week, longer in bad weather. Roseberry became a thriving town and was the largest town in the valley until the railroad came in 1914 to the newly founded town of Donnelly. The town was named after a Mr. Donnelly who was a prominent railroad man at the time.
Located about 100 miles north of Boise, on the beautiful Northern end of Lake Cascade Donnelly is North Idaho’s newest hotspot. Nestled between mountains to the East and West this area is prime for some of the best deer and elk hunting in the state, as well as excellent fishing for Rainbow Trout, Coho Salmon and Perch. Cozy, quiet little towns dot the entire valley floor offering a taste of a more simple life; offering unique shopping and dining experiences.
Gateway to world known Tamarack resort, Donnelly is just 20 minutes from first class skiing, the new Robert Trent Jones golf course, and year round recreation. At an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet Donnelly enjoys average temperatures in summer of about 75 degrees, making for the perfect weather to BBQ, water ski, fish or take in the natural scenery on a Huckleberry picking adventure. The beautiful uncrowded waters of Lake Cascade make for great sailing as well.