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Payette Lake

McCall, ID
+1 208-634-0700
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Beautiful Mountain Lake

Unspoiled lake with many potential activities from motor boats to kayaks to sailboats. Marinas and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
fava
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north carolina
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A beautiful gem

For this flat-lander from north central Texas, this scenery was a joy. Truly blue water; green... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
texas_forrest
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Plano, Texas
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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” (9 reviews)
“clear water” (6 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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"paddle boarding"
in 7 reviews
"clear water"
in 6 reviews
"water skiing"
in 7 reviews
"high mountain"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful spot"
in 4 reviews
"shore lodge"
in 8 reviews
"water sports"
in 5 reviews
"rented a pontoon boat"
in 4 reviews
"few days"
in 7 reviews
"ponderosa state park"
in 11 reviews
"small town"
in 4 reviews
"the north end"
in 3 reviews
"year round"
in 3 reviews
"whole family"
in 4 reviews
"day trip"
in 5 reviews
"idaho"
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Reviewed 4 days 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 5 days 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

1  Thank texas_forrest
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great lakefront in downtown McCall. Sandy beach, grass and a paved promenade. Walk to restaurants and stores.

Thank karen2450
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s a beautiful spot. Lots of people, kind of takes away the serenity. McCall a very busy place, but cute shops.

Thank ktr11
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Payette Lake is very beautiful. You can drive or bike around the lake or you can hike in Ponderosa State Park. The Park has multiple trails, most offering great views of the lake. There are beaches as well. The water is cold and very clean....More

Thank planetjane2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful, accessible lake and not overly crowded. There are spots along the lake where your dog can swim and ours loved it too.

Thank DCII
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place just to relax. There’s a nice Shore Lodge to stay there. Few places grab a bite to eat & over look the lake. or Rent a Boat, JetSki’s, & do some Waterskiing! Nice Lake!

Thank jjdpa55
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a day Trip to McCall with some family that was visiting from out of state. We really enjoyed hanging out by the beach and took the Lake Cruise trip around the Lake. Also drove through the State Park up to top to see the...More

Thank seanatchley
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Coldest water I've been in, to date, but looking forward to more. Visibility wasn't great, but better than some of the other lakes I've been in.

Thank Ryan L
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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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