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Payette Lake

McCall, ID
+1 208-634-0700
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Gorgeous Lake

Payette Lake is gorgeous. While we did not have an opportunity to take a boat around the lake on... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Becky W
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Holland, Michigan
Pristine Payette Lake

Payette Lake and McCall are gems; big enough for variety of things to do and small enough to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
activechica
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Portland, Oregon
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A 5,330-acre lake near the resort town of McCall.
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“jet ski” (8 reviews)
“clear water” (7 reviews)
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McCall, ID
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+1 208-634-0700
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"jet ski"
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"clear water"
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"paddle boarding"
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"water skiing"
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"water sports"
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"few days"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful spot"
in 3 reviews
"the north end"
in 5 reviews
"small town"
in 4 reviews
"rented a pontoon boat"
in 4 reviews
"ponderosa state park"
in 10 reviews
"year round"
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"whole family"
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"day trip"
in 4 reviews
"idaho"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Payette Lake is gorgeous. While we did not have an opportunity to take a boat around the lake on this visit, I definitely think it is worth checking out.

Thank Becky W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Payette Lake and McCall are gems; big enough for variety of things to do and small enough to explore with ease. The lake is clear and refreshing, with some sandy beaches instead of the murky bottom found in so many lakes. Ponderosa pines and huckleberries...More

Thank activechica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

From being visually stunning to offering water sports or even a beach area to relax on or near... and a woodland park area... Payette Lake has all you need.

Thank Colin A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Payette Lake is absolutely beautiful in a wooded setting next to the town of McCall which is a rustic place with many amenities that you wouldn’t expect in a rustic setting. I come from a region of beautiful lakes in the northeast and I think...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this lake!! The view of the mountains and the size of the lake make this a perfect tourist attraction. There are boat rentals, jet ski rentals, beach park..this list goes on. We took the sunset cruise which gave us a chance to look...More

1  Thank Sherry5170
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here right after the 4th of July so there were a lot of visitors. We got away from the major crowds with a nice kayak in the meander at the north end of the lake. There are rentals available there and an early...More

Thank Scott M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate enough to stay at a house in the lake for our business retreat. The lake is surrounded by pines and mountains providing a beautiful backdrop. We could see the bottom at least 8-9 feet down. I am not sure the water temperature...More

Thank redzin0613
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unspoiled lake with many potential activities from motor boats to kayaks to sailboats. Marinas and plentiful beaches. Perfect for families, teens as well as couples. Surrounded by forest but restaurants and nightlife available.

Thank fava
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For this flat-lander from north central Texas, this scenery was a joy. Truly blue water; green forests; mountains. Clear water, albeit frigid (how do people swim in this place? brrrr!). Nice swimming beach in McCall. Take a drive around the perimeter of the lake -...More

2  Thank texas_forrest
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The payette Lakes cruise around the lake, reminds us how mighty our God is! The drive around this relaxing spiritual lake will remind you to be careful with this area, fire season is here! Oh my, a private flight at sun down, can touch your...More

1  Thank Tirewasher
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docdoc2020
18 December 2017|
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Response from Chris K | Reviewed this property |
Good snow skiing at Brundage with new snow
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Tightywhities
6 November 2017|
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Response from Chris K | Reviewed this property |
Not too far, less than 3 miles. Weather in June could vary from cool 50 to 80. I am unaware of lakeside camping but 2 Recreation vehicle campgrounds in town. Also Ponderosa State Park has reserved camping and it is very... More
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Minta S
12 July 2017|
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Response from tonicesena | Reviewed this property |
As far as I'm aware and been able to find out beach fires are only allowed in fire pits and the pits don't seem to be available on the public beaches. Try checking with the National Forest Service
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