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Ponderosa State Park

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Can't wait to go back

We went cross country skiing on one of their easy trails and it was wonderful! The trail... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Athena D
The crown jewel of McCall

This is a beautiful park! We Nordic skied today, they did a great job of grooming the trails! We... read more

Reviewed January 12, 2019
Missoula, Montana
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“payette lake”(32 reviews)
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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...more
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1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went cross country skiing on one of their easy trails and it was wonderful! The trail definitely was easy and about half way though it you get gorgeous views of the lake covered in snow with mountains in the background. I can't wait to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Athena D
Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

This is a beautiful park! We Nordic skied today, they did a great job of grooming the trails! We did a couple of laps with the dogs, it's nice that they have a short ( 1 mile) dog loop. Then hut another loop. This park...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

You don’t need to camp here to enjoy the amenities. Small fee gets you into Ponderosa state park. Go past camp sites and there is a small beach area with picnic tables, restroom, etc... it’s very quiet on weekdays or late Sunday afternoon. Great for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

Visited the park this week, and really enjoyed walking the snowy trails that the park provides for both cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Plenty of space for parking, the visitor's center is open for advice, too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jchase205
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Out our backdoor... amazing beauty! So many trails to hike! Great time of the year to see McCall and Ponderosa Park... not so busy this time of year.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018

This is not a park situated in or near the wilderness...it is a hop, skip, and a jump away from McCall, Idaho. Standing on the shore of the lake, one can see summer homes surrounding the park on the opposite shore.Thus, it does not feel...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Rogerdob
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Beautiful combination of old growth trees and Payette Lake views and shoreline. But if hiking, do not trust the map they hand you on entry, it's not just a little off, it is flat out wrong in both scale and trail locations.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Jeff Z
Reviewed September 4, 2018

We mountain biked the huckleberry bay trail along the east side of the park ... single track was a work out. Ended at the point which give you a beautiful panoramic view of the lake. Definitely worth seeing.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 31, 2018

Went to the top of the mountain which overlooks Payette Lake. Just an incredible view and met some locals, who were so nice and gave us a little more history on the area as well as places to explore and see.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank SandyH1114
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Very good campsites with electric and water.Beautiful lake with many water sports and hiking/biking trails. Nearby McCall is wonderful report town with many amenities.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Brittany G
August 24, 2018|
Response from S8717GUdeborahr | Reviewed this property |
There are bears I have heard, but I did not stay there; I stayed in town.
June 26, 2018|
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Response from Alanna P |
I would recommend contacting the park office for pricing. It is a beautiful place to stay!
January 18, 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.