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|Welcome to Weiser, Idaho
Located at the confluence of the Weiser and Snake Rivers, the City of Weiser is the county seat of Washington County. Revolutionary War hero, Peter Weiser, who was a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and mountain man, named the town over 200 years ago. Weiser takes pride in its rich history and is represented by many of its original buildings, which are now on the National Historic Register. Some of these historic buildings include the Galloway House, Pythian Castle and the Union Pacific Train Depot.
Today, the City of Weiser is lovely quiet city tied together through traditional family values and a deep sense of community. Weisers’ motto says it all: "We Love Our Kids"! Strong natural resources, agricultural and ranching heritage, continue to play a key role in the City of Weiser and the cities sense of price can be seen in our recent downtown revitalization, which includes several new parks and our beautiful new Vendome Events Center. New industry is growing here as well with businesses in forest products, food processing, and technical innovations making their new homes here for the future.
|Fiddling Capital of the World
The National Old Time Fiddler’s Contest
Weiser could easily be called the “fiddling capital of the world” and its claim to that right is the National Old Time Fiddler’s Contest that has been held here since 1953. Fiddling is nothing so new-fangled though, as there have been fiddle contests of one kind or another held here as far back as 1914. The festival is held at the beginning of summer, during the third full week in June. It draws national media coverage and thousands of people from all around flock to the Weiser area. Hometown fiddler’s Vanessa Carr and twin sister Stephanie Carr have gained national and local honors as being the only duet fiddlers to win 4 consecutive titles, which has earned them the title of the "Master Fiddlers of Weiser."
Washington County Fair
The Washington County Fair brings folks from all over southwestern Idaho for entertainment, Country fair exhibits of art, crafts, baking, canning, needlework, flowers and horticulture, a livestock show, a parade and rodeo Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The region around Weiser may lack some of the striking elevation changes of the nearby Hells Canyon area, but the lands here are by no means flat plains - rolling hills and rivers flow through this locale, lending their harmony to the view overlooked by mountains.
Although agriculture is abundant here, bird hunting and fishing are important to the people locally and to many of the visitors who come here. Don’t let the subtle landscape fool you, the recreational opportunities offered here are no less real. Places for boating, swimming, hiking and more are abundant, especially along the Snake River to the west and in the foothill regions to the east.
Brownlee Reservoir is the largest of three dams in the Hells Canyon Complex in Idaho. This 57-mile long reservoir separating Idaho and Oregon is in many experts opinion the best warm water fishery in the western United States. In 1988 and 1989 the Idaho fish and Game and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in cooperation with Idaho Power Company took a creel census; it showed that Brownlee produced more fisherman hours than any other body of water in the state, with the exception of the ocean. You will find a number of fish species here including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegills, bull heads, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, red eared sunfish, and rainbow trout.
Black Canyon - Letha
The Black Canyon - Letha section provides an interesting tour through the nearby Emmett Valley. In many areas, the river is interwoven around islands, requiring quick decisions and maneuvering to follow the preferred course. Due to the number of diversion drops throughout the river boaters should exercise caution, particularly when the water is high. Fishing for trout is good here with small-mouth bass fishing and carp fishing can be productive further downstream.
Lake Cascade (Cascade Reservoir)
Cascade Reservoir is so huge (17 miles long by 4 miles wide) that it is said canoe and kayak paddlers have to be cautious about getting stuck in the middle of the lake in a big wind or even worse: big-time waves and heavy chop. There are a number of campgrounds and 7 boat ramps to take your bigger toys out on the water. Fish species range from rainbow trout and coho salmon, warm water species of smallmouth bass, bullhead catfish, tiger musky, channel catfish, crappie, and most especially perch. Lake Cascade is one of southwestern Idaho's most popular boating and fishing spots for locals and visitors alike. Recreational development near the lake makes Lake Cascade an ideal place for the whole family.
Rolling Hills Golf Course
The 9-hole course at the Rolling Hills Golf Course in Weiser features 3,048 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 and a driving range. The course rating is 36.5 and it has a slope rating of 115. Originally designed by Frank James/Conrad Kranzler, the Rolling Hills golf course opened in 2001. Donna Walker manages the course as the General Manager. You don’t have any excuse for your handicap now, this course is right in town!