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Ponderosa State Park

1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638
+1 208-634-2164
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Great Scenery

We took the drive out to the end where there is an overlook of Payette Lake. Quite a view from up... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gary W
St. George, Utah

We had a fantastic time on the lake after renting a 24’ pontoon boat from Mile High Marina. The... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Located just 1.5 miles from downtown McCall, Ponderosa State Park is a year round destination park. Covering a thousand-acre peninsula that juts into Payette Lake, this picturesque state park offers guided walks with naturalists, campfire programs and camping facilities. During winter months the park has groomed Nordic Ski trails and snowshoe trals.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“visitor center” (10 reviews)
“payette lake” (28 reviews)
“hiking trails” (8 reviews)
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1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638
+1 208-634-2164
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the drive out to the end where there is an overlook of Payette Lake. Quite a view from up there. Also, if you get a chance to go in mid June, the wild onions are blooming in mass which give the illusion of...More

Thank Gary W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time on the lake after renting a 24’ pontoon boat from Mile High Marina. The boat sailed effortlessly on the lake and when we dived into the water it was clear,clean and refreshing. We plan to make this event an annual...More

Thank lcrmn79
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Camping, in trailer or cabin, is always nice at Ponderosa State Park. Gorgeous. I do wish people would keep their dogs on leash even when hiking. Our dogs are not as friendly as some, and they just about took the head off some lady’s dog...More

Thank TTmom1295
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We hiked with our dog, and it was beautiful. Lots of trails of varying difficulty. There also a lot of cycling trails. Right now the campgrounds are closed so entry is free. Worth the five minute drive out of town...

Thank Lynda N
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Went up for a quick trip and enjoyed the fall colors and the quiet. This time of year it is great up there and you get to see and hear nature. Lots of trials as well as lake front areas you can walk and enjoy...More

1  Thank Russell V
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We took a hike in Ponderosa State Park. There are views of water (Payette Lake) and also dense forests. It was lovely and very few hikers in September. Be sure to take a bear bell or make noise as you hike along!

Thank Martha P
Reviewed 27 September 2017

This park is fabulous! The cleanest bathrooms we experienced in our 3-month road trip! It is in a beautiful setting of trees, and the spaces were large and easy to get into. The signage was well done, both for hiking and for finding your way...More

Thank HavasuBabe
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We spend a few hours at the Ponderosa State Park in McCall. This is a nice place to hike some trails, check out the lake and have a good time. Spend the day or plan to camp out here you cant go wrong.

Thank 63impala
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

The scenic drive was beautiful but the road was closed for the last mile up to the point. We parked and hiked and it was well worth the effort for the breathtaking views in multiple directions. Pictures do not do justice to the beauty of...More

Thank KMS0923
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Took the family on a day hike. Headed up the Huckleberry loop and came back down the Ridgeline trail. Great trail along the lake and through the woods.

Thank fishmister
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Questions & Answers
19 January 2017|
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Response from 85tropicgirl | Reviewed this property |
The park map should have the maximum foot length on the campsites where you make reservations. My favorite are the loops in the old part, Aspen, Blackberry, Chokecherry.
Stan R
26 July 2016|
Response from IowaEmptynesters | Reviewed this property |
Stan, sorry we can't give you any feedback on the campsites other than it all looked pretty in there. We were only spending the day there. Fishing was not good for us or anyone else that we could see in the area.
Barry S
8 September 2015|
Response from PeacefulCabinDweller | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are open for hiking and snowshoeing year round. The visitor's center and beach will also be open. Enjoy!