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Payette Lake

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Address: McCall, ID
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+1 208-634-0700

A 5,330-acre lake near the resort town of McCall.

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Breath taking high mountain lake

Beautiful lake to enjoy a myriad of activities. Water ski, jet ski, kayak, canoe, paddle board. The north end of the lake allows access up the Payette River. Wildlife watching... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
McCall, Idaho
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McCall, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful lake to enjoy a myriad of activities. Water ski, jet ski, kayak, canoe, paddle board. The north end of the lake allows access up the Payette River. Wildlife watching at it's best. Sate Park (Ponderosa) campground on the north end of lake. Scenic drive all the way around the lake. Great views.

Thank JLSnaffle
Sandwich, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Took a drive on the eastern side of the lake to the farthest north beach. The roads on the inside of the park were closed by this time - late November

Thank hamildh
Underwood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This lake is beautiful and we drove all the way around it. Not to many places to access the beach without paying to get in a park. It is so natural looking because they have not built it up much. The park down town has access to the beach and has signs with the history about the area.

Thank Leilani D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

McCall and Payette lake is one of the most scenic places in Idaho. We rent a boat 2-3 times a year and have had an absolute blast every time. Mile High Marina has great rates while the Shore Lodge has some fun higher end equipment. Can't go wrong and with small children a pontoon boat is safe and fun.

Thank Ropetime
Boise, Idaho
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Great place for all you who like to take pics.We started off from Shore Lodge where we were staying, and took a drive around the lake. About a 2 hour road trip including stops.Bring some picnic munchies. Be sure to stop at all the places to pull over and check the view. We made it back in time for Happy... More 

Thank onboardpaul
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I visited the area in October and went to the lake in the afternoon the first day and at dawn/early morning the next...Wow! Beautiful doesn't begin to describe it. The lake was like glass and it was quiet (I went to the state park). I picked the perfect time to go! Mid October!

Thank Justbreathe2000
Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Beautiful location for a romantic picnic for my birthday! We come to McCall every year for my birthday and always stop by this lake and my husband makes this fantastic picnic for us to enjoy and the beautiful scenery of the lake make the perfect setting!

Thank gwendolyndrake1
Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

The views all around the lake were amazing. Was a bit cold, so didn't get on the lake. Enjoyed it regardless!!

Thank AprilFNP
Boise, Idaho
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Went up to get away for a few days and the lake was so calm and quiet. So much different then during the summer. Great time to visit

Thank Russell V
Lake Arrowhead, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The views of this lake as you arrive in McCall are just spectacular. We did have a little fog and rain but still enjoyed what the area had to offer.

Thank 2inArrowhead

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